Position: Visiting Faculty in Mathematics (2021)

Position has been filled
Position has been filled

**This position has been filled.**

Applications are no longer being accepted as of 7/5/21. 


The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for the position of  Visiting Faculty to teach mathematics education and/or foundational mathematics courses. The position is full-time for one academic year beginning in August 2021 with the potential for renewal for up to three years. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Qualifications and Education

Candidates must have obtained a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, or a related discipline from an accredited institution. Candidates should:  have experience or demonstrated potential in effective undergraduate teaching; have strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy; and have experience in or demonstrated understanding of social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.

Experiences that would enhance an application, but are not required, include: K-12 teaching experience; experience in or demonstrated potential to teach integrated content-pedagogy mathematics education courses for pre-service K-8 teachers; and/or experience in pre-service teacher preparation including supervision of K-12 preservice teachers during field placements.


Responsibilities of visiting faculty include teaching mathematics education courses (e.g., Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1 and 2, Teaching Assisting/Student Teaching seminars with field supervision) and/or foundational mathematics courses (courses below calculus), depending on the candidate’s qualifications. The teaching load is 24 credits per academic year and typically 12 assigned teaching hours per semester with no service or research requirements.  Mentoring by experienced tenure-track faculty is provided.

GVSU is planning to return to face-to-face instruction for the 21/22 school year; candidates could be asked to teach online if circumstances dictate. Additional information about our program, including course descriptions, is available on our website at www.gvsu.edu/math


$40,000 plus benefits. See the Human Resources web page for complete information about benefits available for visiting faculty. www.gvsu.edu/hro/

Department & College

The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University serves over 350 majors and 8000 students annually in its classes. We value teaching that promotes active engagement through small classes that emphasize critical thinking, creative problem-solving, effective communication, and a high degree of faculty support. For more information see: www.gvsu.edu/math/

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus and Community

Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovation and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. Learn more about community resources here: https://www.gvsu.edu/hro/community-resources-1056.htm.

How to Apply


A complete application must include:

  1. Application cover letter addressing qualifications,
  2. Curriculum vitae,
  3. A teaching artifact (e.g., assignment, activity, project) the candidate has used with students and an accompanying 1-page statement describing the ways this artifact highlights their teaching methods/philosophy,
  4. A 1-page statement addressing equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching that describes how the candidate has promoted or would promote these ideals  in teaching,
  5. Contact information of three professional references familiar with the candidate’s academic and/or teaching experience, and
  6. Graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply)


Applications should be submitted electronically (pdf) and sent to Janine Warfield, at: warfielj@gvsu.edu (616-331-2040). Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Esther Billings, Department of Mathematics Department Chair, at billinge@gvsu.edu.

Application Deadline


Review of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

For more information

See our department website at www.gvsu.edu/math/

Grand Valley State University is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. See http://www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/

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