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Applied Math: Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, Teaching Professor (initial review Dec. 5, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Applied Math: Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, Teaching Professor
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000 academic year (nine-month basis) for Assistant Teaching Professors, $130,000 - $155,000 (nine-month basis) for Associate Teaching Professors, and $160,000 - $185,000 (nine-month basis) for Full Teaching Professors. Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. See salary scales titled (Faculty—Lecturer with Security of Employment --BUSINESS/ECONOMICS/ENGINEERING).
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the Fall quarter of the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: October 6, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Applied Mathematics ( in the Baskin School of Engineering (BE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Teaching Professor. The Teaching Professor series is a full-time faculty appointment (not a lecturer appointment) that parallels the tenure-track Professor series. The Teaching Professor track is distinguished from the Professor track in that it is designed to meet the long-term instructional needs of the University that cannot be best fulfilled by an appointee in the Professor series. The primary responsibility for appointees in the Teaching Professor series is teaching and teaching-related tasks, and a secondary responsibility is professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity, including creative activity, especially as such activities relate to instruction and pedagogy. The faculty in this series also have a responsibility for University and public service. Detailed information regarding the Teaching Professor series can be found at

The successful candidate at the assistant level should demonstrate clear evidence of the potential for teaching excellence; evidence or promise of productive and creative contributions to professional and/or scholarly activity (including fundraising) that would support excellent teaching; evidence of the likelihood of participation in department activities and the potential for service to the campus. A successful candidate at the tenure equivalent level should demonstrate consistent and sustained excellence in effective teaching and sustained professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity (including fundraising). The successful candidate is expected to contribute actively to the development of a modern curriculum at the bachelor level for the Department. The Department seeks candidates whose professional goals align with the mission of the university as it relates to student success (

Overall, the successful candidate should be a skilled teacher who is familiar with best practices for improving learning outcomes, has innovative ideas for instructional improvement and has worked on curriculum development and support. The department is particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated commitment to enabling students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering, and science. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation and low-income students. The successful candidate should be familiar with strategies for ensuring equitable learning outcomes and success for our population.

Specific duties will consist of a combination of teaching, scholarly activity, and service. The primary foci of this position are:

  1. The teaching of undergraduate courses currently offered in the Department’s curriculum, with an emphasis on larger enrollment, lower division courses that enable students to continue on to study further mathematical, science and/or engineering topics. However, the successful candidate may teach courses throughout the undergraduate program, depending on their level of experience. In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to the development and teaching of new courses as we expand undergraduate offerings. The department is currently actively expanding in the areas of scientific computing and machine learning. The normal teaching load for the Teaching Professor series is 2 courses per quarter.
  2. Taking on a leadership role working with the faculty (and graduate students) in areas pertaining to applied mathematical education. The candidate is expected to lead initiatives and to pursue external funding sources that support student success. This activity may include, but is not limited to: training and mentoring teaching assistants; researching evidence-based pedagogical strategies and bringing current research to the faculty; undertaking experimental and transformative teaching projects; etc. Many of these activities will fulfill the expectations of scholarly activity. Potential activities that achieve this objective are: development or contributions to educational curricula, pedagogy, and/or improvement of learning outcomes; administering and evaluating teaching programs and learning centers, discipline-specific information systems, community outreach or community-oriented programs; authorship of professional publications on such activities; etc.
  3. We also anticipate that the successful candidate will eventually become the departmental Undergraduate Director, at a time depending on experience. The duties of this position include general supervision of the operation and improvement of the undergraduate program, and counseling and advising students in coordination with campus advisors on the elements of the programs.

Application packages will be reviewed holistically, with a view toward potential as well as achievement. Note that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our path to excellence in BE at UCSC. DEI statements will be read and evaluated as part of the holistic assessment throughout the review process. UCSC values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

The Department of Applied Mathematics was established in 2018 by the Applied Mathematics group of the former Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department, which has been present on campus since 2001. Note that the Department of Applied Mathematics is part of the Baskin School of Engineering and is a distinct unit from the Department of Mathematics in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. The Applied Mathematics group has a longstanding tradition of collaborative work for the development of mathematical methods to solve critical real world problems in science, technology and engineering. Areas of expertise include fluid dynamics, computational control theory and dynamical systems, computational systems biology, scientific machine learning and uncertainty quantification. The department oversees a curriculum that includes classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels that are relevant campus-wide. The department hosts an undergraduate program in Applied Mathematics, a minor in Applied Mathematics, two Masters level degrees (one in Applied Mathematics and one in Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics) and a doctoral program leading to a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics.

Depending on qualifications, the Academic Title will be Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, or Teaching Professor (equivalent to Lecturer with Potential of Security of Employment, Lecturer with Security of Employment, or Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment).

The Assistant Teaching Professor rank is a full-time position with the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate. It has the payroll title Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment” which is analogous to tenure. Teaching, professional achievement, and University and public service constitute the criteria for advancement. Appointees to this title must have a record of intellectual leadership in instruction as documented by materials demonstrating that the candidate has made recognized contributions to the teaching and learning of the subject. The Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor ranks mirror the tenure track Associate Professor and Professor ranks.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics or Engineering Education, or a closely related field, expected to be completed before June 30, 2024.
  • Demonstrated record of teaching college level Applied Mathematics or Mathematics as primary instructor.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

  • Cover Letter - A letter of application that briefly summarizes the candidate’s key qualifications and experience that are relevant to the position, and that outlines the candidate’s specific interest in the position available, plus general interests and future plans. (Required)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (Required)

  • Teaching Statement - A statement of the candidate’s teaching experiences, a summary of innovative pedagogical practices tried, tested and utilized, and a description of teaching philosophy thereby generated during these teaching experiences. Special attention should be paid to experiences teaching across a broad range of student backgrounds. (Required)

  • Teaching portfolio A - A list of all courses taught with a very brief description of the course and the candidates responsibilities, and the enrollment of each course. (Required)

  • Teaching portfolio B - Syllabi and samples of teaching materials for two significant courses taught. The collection of materials should be enough to convey the style and modality of the teaching of each course, including classroom activities and assignment and assessment structure. (Required)

  • Teaching portfolio C -Evidence of involvement in grants or specific collaborative projects associated with innovative pedagogical practices in STEM education. (Optional)

  • Teaching portfolio D -Samples of professional publications, especially those related to education research. (Optional)

  • Service Statement - A statement of the candidate’s experience providing service beyond teaching courses. This could include description of involvement in curriculum development, departmental, divisional, university or system-wide committees with relevance to pedagogy, leadership positions undertaken, participation in training and mentoring programs, innovative programs for enhancing pedagogy, etc. (Required)

  • Statement of contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - A statement of the candidate's contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about the candidate’s understanding of these topics, their record of activities to date, and their specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application. (Required)

Reference requirements
  • 3-6 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 6 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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