Math Search

The Reed College Mathematics Department invites applications for one or two tenure-track professorships, to begin in Fall 2013. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in mathematics by the time of appointment and be committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. Reed is a distinguished liberal arts college with 1400 students that offers a demanding academic program to bright and dedicated undergraduates.

The department consists of seven mathematicians, one statistician, and one computer scientist. Faculty members teach five semester courses per year (usually two course preparations per semester) and supervise senior theses (required of all students). Check out Courses and Theses for an idea of what we do. Each professor supervises between one and three theses per year. Some theses are expository, some tread new ground, a few get published. Each year we have a few interdisciplinary mathematics-physics and mathematics-economics theses. Some ad hoc interdisciplinary theses in recent years have been in mathematics-philosophy, mathematics-biology, and mathematics-biology-chemistry. We run a weekly colloquium (check out Colloquia).

Applications must be submitted through the website and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and three letters of recommendation. The cover letter should address how the applicant's teaching and scholarship are suited to the liberal arts college environment. All applicants are invited to address how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, community service, or other activities could support Reed's commitment to diversity and inclusion (see Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by December 10, 2012, to guarantee full consideration.

Reed College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an excellent diverse scholarly community. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Any questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Irena Swanson,

By 11 December 2012 we received 729 applications and we are hard at work reading them. The quality of applications is very high. A note of relevance to some candidates: Reed College never hires with tenure; there is always at least a two-year probationary period.

January 2013: The committee has read 735 applications. We thank all applicants for their interest in Reed College. The quality of our applicant pool is very high, and we have had to make some hard choices for interviews in San Diego and over Skype.

March 2013: After on-campus interviews, we are happy to report that we have now filled our two positions.

The department is also advertising a tenure-track position in computer science/computational biology, and a one-year visiting position in statistics.