Professor, Mathematical Sciences, (6347BR)

Requisition Number: 6347BR

School/Department: Mathematical Sciences

College : College of Science

Faculty Rank : Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track, Tenured

Anticipated Start Date: 7/2022

View the complete job description online. School Head- COS, School of Mathematical Sciences | Rochester Institute of Technology


The Rochester Institute of Technology seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS), an academic unit dedicated to advancing the frontiers of mathematical sciences. As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the School, the Head provides leadership, advocacy, oversight, and management. The Head is responsible for overseeing academic, student, faculty, and staff affairs, and for leading the research, scholarship, and operational activities of the School. The daily operation of the School emphasizes an open and inclusive management style that inspires and supports the faculty, staff, and students in their individual and collaborative efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing and continually improving the SMS undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to all of the curricula housed within the SMS.
  • Promoting research, scholarship, professional development and encouraging discovery, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Fostering SMS participation in interdisciplinary projects and programs internally and externally.
  • Recruiting and retaining top-tier faculty that are aligned with the strategic plans of SMS, the College of Science, and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Developing, supporting, and advocating for faculty, staff and students at all levels.
  • Facilitating the completion and implementation of a five-year SMS strategic plan.
  • Cultivating existing and prospective donors and research partners.
  • Managing the SMS financial resources.

SMS Head appointments are five-year renewable terms.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description:

The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of six academic units in RIT’s College of Science, which also houses the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, the Integrated Sciences Academy, the School of Chemistry and Materials Science, the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences.

The SMS promotes research in mathematical and statistical sciences and is the home of 79 full-time faculty members, four administrative staff members, three undergraduate programs (Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics and Data Analytics), two MS programs (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Applied Statistics), and a Ph.D. program in Mathematical Modeling. The SMS supports a large portion of RIT programs by offering 380 sections of various math and stat courses to approximately 11,000 students each academic year.

The SMS has developed a five-year strategic plan based on the following mission and vision:

Mission: Innovate, Educate, and Extend the Frontiers of Knowledge

Vision Human lives are enriched by education, discovery, and innovation, and our purpose is to contribute to those enterprises. The RIT School of Mathematical Sciences will be a center of research excellence, recognized for its contributions to mathematical and statistical science, and known for expertise in mathematical and computational modeling, data science, and scientific inference. The School will be recognized for its distinction in teaching and learning—equipping students with mathematical and statistical skills and tools, providing students at all levels with research and experiential learning opportunities, and nurturing curiosity and creativity.

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

The Greater Rochester Region ranks among the top knowledge-based economic regions in the world. Situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, Rochester is the third largest metro area in New York. The region is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity (16% African and Latin American and 7% of international origin) and is known for its intellectual capital and innovation. Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among “the world’s leading science cities” and the New Republic reports Rochester as one of the most innovation-intensive metro areas in the country. Atlantic Magazine listed Rochester as one of 35 innovation hubs in the country, based on start-up companies, patents and entrepreneurs per capita. The region has an exceptional quality of life, with cultural amenities and recreational activities, affordable health care and cost of living, excellent schools, and the arts, culture, sports, and nightlife of a big city with the ease and comfort of a small town. In addition, Rochester is one of the least-congested cities in the U.S., with an average commute of under 20 minutes. The region has been ranked 6th among 379 metro areas by Places Rated Almanac as one of the “Best Places to Live in America”, and 1st by Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metro areas having the best quality of life in the nation.


We seek an individual who is committed to the principles expressed in RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity. A successful candidate must have the ability to facilitate and encourage collaboration with other academic disciplines and to foster a broad research portfolio that encompasses the many dimensions of mathematical and statistical sciences, as well as:

  • An earned doctorate in the mathematical or statistical sciences or a related field
  • Leadership and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated strong management, communication, and advocacy skills
  • A commitment to undergraduate and graduate education
  • A commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research
  • Experience in fostering growth of a research program
  • Research and teaching interests that align with SMS
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications and externally funded research
  • Qualifications consistent with the rank of tenured full professor
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences


Apply online at Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology search openings, then Keyword Search 6347BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of at least 6 references, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, and upload the following documents:

  • A statement expressing your vision for SMS, including your communication, leadership and management style
  • A statement describing your philosophies of teaching, and research/scholarship
  • A statement of your experience(s) with and commitment to the principles expressed in RIT’s core values, its honor code, and its statement of diversity.

All finalists will be expected to participate in an on-campus interview. Candidacy will be kept confidential until the candidate accepts an invitation for an on-campus interview. Any questions on the position should be directed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Dr. Michael Cromer ( or Dr. André Hudson (

Applications completed by February 1, 2022 will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. It is expected that the new Head will assume the position no later than July 1, 2022.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to