Assistant or Associate Professor in Statistics

University of North Carolina Wilmington

BRIEF SUMMARY OF WORK FOR THIS POSITION:   The Department of Mathematics and Statistics ( within the College of Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), invites applications for the position of a nine-month tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Statistics starting August 2024.

The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory and advanced statistics courses, engage students in research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, maintain a vigorous, extramurally funded research program and contribute to department service.

To be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor, a candidate should have exceptional records of research, teaching, and service.

The department offers undergraduate programs in mathematics and statistics, a certificate in actuarial science, and graduate programs in mathematics, and data science as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in statistics. The department and university are committed to assisting new faculty to succeed through continual faculty development and mentorship. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the excellence of the academic community.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  A doctoral degree in Statistics or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.

PREFERRED EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:  Priority will be given to candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the excellence of the academic community.  We encourage applicants from all areas of statistics to apply, including individuals with expertise and interests in biostatistics, and data science theory and methodology.

PRIMARY FUNCTION OF ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:  The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs leading to undergraduate degrees in mathematics, statistics, and teacher licensure; certificates in actuarial sciences and post-baccalaureate statistics; graduate degree in mathematics, and a joint graduate degree in data science with the Computer Science Department. (

COLLEGE/SCHOOL INFORMATION:  The College of Science and Engineering offers a variety of programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, as well as Doctor of Philosophy degrees in applied coastal and ocean sciences; pharmaceutical chemistry; integrative, comparative, and marine biology; and psychology degrees. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in information technology/computer science and information systems, computer science/computer science and information systems, and B.S. in mathematics/M.S. in mathematics. To implement its academic programs, the college provides instruction and research opportunities in the natural and behavioral sciences, information technology, data science, computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, and engineering. The eight academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in information technology, cybersecurity, and digital arts. A 2+2 in engineering; and 3+2 programs in computer science and electrical or computer engineering; and physics and electrical engineering, are also offered in the college. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs in environmental studies, applied statistics, and geographic information science are also available.

CSE students work with distinguished faculty and scientists, use cutting edge technology, and conduct impactful research. Faculty-directed research projects empower CSE students to apply what they learn inside the classroom and laboratory to real-world situations and prepares them for a variety of careers or advanced study.

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION:  The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO STATEMENT:  At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT:  Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

SPECIAL NOTES TO APPLICANT:  Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on January 3, 2024, the posting close date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. List of three professional references including contact information
  4. Combined unofficial graduate transcripts
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Research Summary/Statement
  7. If needed, applicants may upload additional materials in the “Other” category

Note that reference letters may be requested from your provided list of references during the screening process, one of which should address your teaching experience. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Yishi Wang, Search Committee Chair at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Beth Casper at

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