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Mathematics (Affiliate Faculty) - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Apply now Job no: 492691
Work type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Required Qualifications and Education:
Either 1) a Master’s degree in Mathematics by August 31, 2018 or 2) a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a Master’s degree in a related field and at least 18 graduate credit hours in mathematics. Evidence of effective teaching of precalculus mathematics; core competence in the content of intermediate algebra, college algebra, and trigonometry; evidence of reflective thinking about the teaching and learning of mathematics at the precalculus level; willingness to employ a variety of teaching methodologies, including the promotion of student use of appropriate technological tools to develop understanding of mathematics; and strong teaching recommendations.

The standard teaching load for affiliate faculty is 12-15 credits per semester (4-5 courses, usually 2-3 preps), consisting primarily of precalculus mathematics. Affiliate faculty can normally expect to teach 5 days per week, with some classes meeting evenings or early mornings.  GVSU classes are scheduled between 8am and 9pm. Most classes meet on our Allendale campus, but affiliate faculty members occasionally teach courses on our Grand Rapids campus.  Besides teaching, responsibilities include attending regular course instructor meetings.  There are opportunities for professional development and department service, but neither is mandatory.  Employment begins August 6, 2018.

Contract Terms:
This position is a full-time, nine-month contract position in the Department of Mathematics with initial salary commensurate with qualifications. The initial contract is for one year; pending successful review, affiliate faculty contracts renew for three years, with subsequent reviews occurring in the 2nd year of each 3-year term. A complete list of benefits can be found at An additional course may be available in the summer for extra compensation.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

Application Deadline Date: Open until filled. Review of applications to begin March 19, 2018.

How To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at and click “Apply now”. A complete application must include items 1-4 below.

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. A personal statement (3 page limit, 12 point type, 1.5 line spacing, 1 inch margins) that includes:
  3. A summary of your teaching experience, philosophy, and methodology.
  4. A reflection upon your recent teaching experiences, including discussion of your strengths as a teacher, challenges you face in instruction, and plans or goals for growth.
  5. A copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  6. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your teaching ability.
  7. Optional samples of classroom materials. This could include syllabi, lesson outlines, assessments, activities, or projects, and a statement about how they are indicative of your teaching. (Maximum 5 pages)

The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically (Word or PDF). Have your two letters of recommendation sent by the recommenders, each from a verifiable professional email address, to Jan Kuzee at

Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. If you have questions about applying online or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to: Firas Hindeleh; Mathematics Search Committee chair (

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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