Professor of Data Science/Analytics (Tenure-Track, Open Rank)

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The College of Science and Engineering at St. Cloud State University has a keen interest in expanding and strengthening program offerings in Data Science/Data Analytics. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for a tenure-track leadership position in Data Science/Analytics. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in teaching and research, and dedicated to preparing the next generation of data scientists. The department has a vibrant and growing Statistics major with concentrations in Data Science, Data Analytics, and Mathematical Statistics supported by seven statistics faculty. In addition, the college and university have a strong portfolio of computing programs. More information about the college and department can be found at: College of Science and Engineering and Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Job Description

The successful candidate’s primary responsibilities will be to provide instruction in, and leadership for, data science and data analytics programs in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, including leading the development and implementation of a data-centric graduate program. Support for the Statistics and Data Analytics Consulting Center is also expected. Course delivery may include face-to-face, online, and hybrid approaches. The successful candidate will be effective in the recruitment and retention of students and the development of partnerships with both industry and government.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain a professional goal to become an outstanding teacher-scholar through the use of research-based, best-practices pedagogy. They are expected to teach using both in-person and alternative delivery methods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage in ongoing professional development and innovation opportunities focused on pedagogical growth.

The successful candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission, and in particular, the value we place in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as outlined in SCSU’s It’s Time strategic framework.  Notably, we uphold the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engage in intentional actions to address systemic inequities throughout the university and surrounding environment. DEI values, practices, and strategies are embedded into the fabric of our institution and campus community, and they align with the priorities expressed in the Minnesota State system’s Equity 2030 initiative. SCSU expects all of its employees to help advance these practices and to contribute to the development of an anti-racist, inclusive community.

In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B).

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Data Science, Statistics, or related area
    M.S. in Data Science, Statistics or related area, followed by at least 5 years of data science industry experience
  • Demonstrated potential to be an effective instructor utilizing best-teaching practices
  • Significant training in statistics
  • Strong computing skills relevant to data science
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Data Science or Statistics
  • Data Science/Analytics industry experience
  • Demonstrated abilities to forge academic and industrial partnerships
  • Credentials, expertise, and leadership skills to become a leader in the program
  • Experience with teaching and assessment of on-line (credentialed) courses

Application Procedure

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Review of applications begins January 12, 2022; position is open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Contact information for 3 professional references

Position start date: August 15, 2022

Contact Information

Dr. Michael Ernst
Search Committee Chair
Professor of Statistics

About SCSU

Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor’s degrees were first offered in 1925. Master’s degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations. Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found at:

Why Work For Us

Help people achieve their educational dreams. We are looking for diverse people with passion, who are engaged, serious in the work of helping those who strive and desire a college education to achieve their goals.

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Title IX coordinator at St. Cloud State University is Chocoletta Simpson. For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 121.

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