Position: Visiting Faculty in Mathematics (2022)


The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for the position of Visiting Faculty to teach foundational mathematics courses. The position is full-time for one academic year beginning in August 2022 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.

PDF version of this posting is also available.

Required Qualifications and Education

Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, or a related discipline from an accredited institution and have at least 18 credits of graduate-level mathematics courses. Candidates must have: experience or demonstrated potential in effective undergraduate teaching; strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy; and a commitment to issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in education.

Preferred Qualifications and Education

Experiences that would enhance an application, but are not required, include experience teaching foundational courses and using active-learning instructional strategies in the math classroom.


Primary responsibilities of visiting faculty include teaching foundational mathematics courses (courses below calculus); courseload may include teaching in the calculus sequence and other 200-level courses, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and staffing needs. 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.

Additional information about our program, including course descriptions, is available on our website at www.gvsu.edu/math.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Visiting Faculty Benefits - Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

Department & College

The Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University serves approximately 200 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. We are interested in attracting faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.


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 Detroit, 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 innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply

How to Apply: A complete application must include:

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU,
  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 on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching,
  5. Contact information of three professional references, and
  6. Graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply).

Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body and we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students underrepresented demographics in the sciences.

Applications should be submitted electronically (pdf) and sent to Brienne Forgette, at: [email protected] (616.331.4112). Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Esther Billings, Department of Mathematics Department Chair, at [email protected].

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/

Allendale, Michigan 49401 - (616) 331-5000. For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at www.gvsu.edu. Grand Valley State University is an EOE which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. See https://www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/.

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