The Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University is conducting a
search for a faculty position that is devoted to teaching statistics and data science.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in such a position, here’s a link to the job
The position is in the “continuing academic specialist” system at MSU, which is a very
good option for those who are interested in a teaching-focused career. Faculty members in
this system have job security, with initial appointments of a few years and then once they
have a successful review (after about six years) their appointment does not have an end
date. In this sense it is similar to a tenure-system appointment, with reasonably similar
job security. There is also good potential for career advancement, with an opportunity for
promotion to senior specialist (similar to promotion to full professor), and also
opportunities to move into administration. (For example in my college at MSU there are
assistant deans and program directors who are in the continuing academic specialist
system.) So this is a solid career path for someone who is interested in instruction (and
possibly administration) at the college level.
We have a great group of teaching-focused faculty members in the Stat Department at MSU,
and also more broadly within the university, so there’s a large, engaged, supportive
community to interact with.
Please send any questions about the posting to Camille Fairbourn
(email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>), who would be happy to talk to anyone
who might be interested in this sort of position. It requires a master’s degree (or PhD)
in statistics (or a related field such as mathematics, computer science, data science,