Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

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NC State University

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The NC State College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing professionals, conducting research, and engaging communities to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. With two-thirds of its faculty grant active and over 120 funded research projects totaling over $90-plus million, the college ranks No. 1 in education research productivity in North Carolina and among the Top 5% of colleges of education in the nation. They address society’s most pressing educational challenges and convert their research to action and innovative solutions that transform teaching and learning environments across the lifespan, with particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; anti-racism education, increasing diversity, equity and access in education; and innovating leadership development.

The college is composed of three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 124 faculty members and 92 support and professional staff. The college’s 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students study across 60-plus degree programs that deliver highly-engaged and personalized academic experiences that prepare them to lead in the field of education. The college is also home to the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research.

The Department of STEM Education emphasizes exemplary teaching, scholarship, and service in the context of a university education. With a primary emphasis on improving schools and society, the Department prepares quality educators for middle, secondary, and post-secondary school science, technology, engineering, mathematics statistics, graphic communications, as well as educators who work and study learning in informal STEM settings. The Department offers programs preparing professionals for leadership at master’s and doctoral levels. Specifically there are six undergraduate tracks in secondary mathematics education, including double degrees with mathematics and statistics. At the graduate level, we have a M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics and statistics education, online master’s degrees (M.Ed. and M.A.T.) and a 12-hour graduate certificate program. We are consistently ranked as a top producer of doctoral graduates in mathematics education and lead NC in producing high school mathematics teachers. 

The Department of STEM Education has approximately 240 undergraduates and more than 175 graduate students in certificate, masters, and doctoral programs. Faculty in STEM Education currently direct approximately $25 million in sponsored projects and have close ties with other units in mathematics, engineering, computer science and science. Please see for more information about the department.

Position Description/General Scope of Duties

The STEM Education Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education. We desire a colleague who addresses important challenges that face students, teachers, and schools/colleges, and conducts research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics at upper secondary (advanced high school courses) and post-secondary levels (community college and universities). The candidate’s research may focus on: 1) the learning and teaching of specific advanced mathematics or statistics content (e.g., college algebra, precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, geometry, proofs, probability, statistics and data science); 2) preparation of teachers for secondary and post-secondary contexts and diverse communities; 3) the design of innovative curricula, tools, and assessments at the upper secondary or collegiate level; or 4) examining ways to promote student success to increase the number and diversity of students who pursue careers in STEM. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, social justice and collaboration. The candidate also should have a commitment to secondary and post-secondary teacher preparation and use of technology to support teaching and learning. There are opportunities to collaborate with faculty within the College of Education as well as mathematics and statistics faculty in the College of Sciences.

Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate preservice teachers in the secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. Teach graduate courses in master’s and Ph.D. programs in Mathematics and Statistics Education, including mathematics courses for teachers and interdisciplinary and methodology courses at the doctoral level in STEM Education and in the College of Education. Conduct and publish research focused on teaching and learning in upper secondary and/or undergraduate mathematics education. Recruit, advise, and mentor undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, including dissertation and thesis research. Pursue and obtain external funding for research and development activities. Provide service and leadership to the program area, department, college, university, and professional organizations. Participate in outreach and extension activities; especially in low-wealth communities, and collaborate with faculty within the college and across the university.

Proposed Minimum Education/Experience

Doctoral degree in Mathematics Education or related field and relevant teaching experience in mathematics or statistics in grades 9-16. A record of scholarship and external funding commensurate with experience.

Department Required Skills and competencies

A demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, social justice, and collaboration. Scholarship and successful record for external funding in Mathematics Education commensurate with experience.

Preferred Experience, Credentials, Qualifications, Certifications

A Master’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or applied mathematics. Three years experience teaching in a mathematics and statistics department and/or teacher education program and/or in grades 6-12. A research focus on issues in secondary and post-secondary teacher preparation is preferred.

Additional Applicant Information

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, research statement, teaching statement, and names and contact information for three references. Review of candidates will begin September 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled, with a projected start date of January 2021.

To complete the application process please visit Address questions to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Hollylynne Lee at

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Education and Experience

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Contact Name: 
Hollylynne S Lee
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