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Working As An Assistant Professor Of Mathematics

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Make Decisions

  • $60,343

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Professor Of Mathematics Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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How To Become An Assistant Professor Of Mathematics

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Assistant Professor Of Mathematics Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

28.2%

Unknown

4.7%
Ethnicity

White

68.7%

Asian

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Unknown

5.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Russian

28.6%

Portuguese

4.8%

Cherokee

4.8%

Romanian

4.8%

Hebrew

4.8%

French

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Dari

4.8%

Persian

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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Assistant Professor Of Mathematics Education

Schools

University of Connecticut

7.7%

Stanford University

7.7%

Purdue University

6.2%

Florida State University

6.2%

University of Georgia

6.2%

University of West Florida

4.6%

Texas State University

4.6%

New Mexico State University

4.6%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

Fordham University

4.6%

University of Phoenix

4.6%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.6%

Princeton University

4.6%

University of Iowa

4.6%

Northwestern University

4.6%

Howard University

4.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

Duke University

4.6%

Rice University

3.1%

University of Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Mathematics

50.5%

Statistics

8.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

5.6%

Education

5.6%

Business

4.7%

Mathematics And Computer Science

3.7%

Physics

3.3%

Computer Science

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Accounting

1.9%

Applied Mathematics

1.4%

Educational Leadership

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Management Science

0.9%

Secondary Education And Teaching

0.9%

Philosophy

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

0.9%

Chemistry

0.9%
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Degrees

Doctorate

49.8%

Masters

27.9%

Bachelors

12.4%

Other

7.6%

Certificate

1.6%

License

0.4%

Associate

0.4%
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Real Assistant Professor Of Mathematics Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Professor of Mathematics New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $115,000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Kennesaw State University Marietta, GA Aug 08, 2016 $105,000
Assistant Professor, Mathematics The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Aug 15, 2016 $104,350
Assistant Professor, Mathematics The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Aug 01, 2015 $103,056
Assistant Professor of Mathematics United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD Jul 13, 2015 $100,421
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics Brown University Providence, RI Jan 09, 2016 $100,000
Assistant Professor In Mathematics New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $98,000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Mar 30, 2016 $98,000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $97,335
Assistant Professor-Mathematical Sciences The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX Aug 01, 2015 $97,333
Assistant Professor of Mathematics New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $94,500
Assistant Professor In Applied and Computational Mathematics University of Notre Dame Du Lac Notre Dame, IN Aug 22, 2016 $93,000
Assistant Professor In Applied and Computational Mathematics University of Notre Dame Du Lac Notre Dame, IN Jul 01, 2015 $93,000
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Slippery Rock, PA Aug 22, 2015 $70,585
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Lafayette College Easton, PA Jul 01, 2015 $70,500
Assistant Professor of Mathematics New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ May 16, 2016 $70,307
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Hawaii Pacific University Urban Honolulu, HI Sep 04, 2015 $70,185
Assistant Professor, DEP. of Mathematics Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA Nov 15, 2016 $70,175
Assistant Professor-Mathematics University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD Oct 24, 2016 $70,062
Assistant Professor-Mathematics University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD Jan 09, 2016 $70,062
Assistant Professor Mathematics University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD Jan 09, 2016 $70,062
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA Sep 23, 2016 $59,640
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY Sep 03, 2015 $59,567
Assistant Professor of Mathematics East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA Aug 22, 2015 $59,487
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, PA Aug 22, 2016 $59,487
Assistant Professor of Mathematics East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA Nov 17, 2016 $59,487
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, PA Aug 22, 2015 $59,487
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jackson State University Jackson, MS Aug 01, 2015 $59,300
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA Apr 29, 2015 $59,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Professor Of Mathematics

CalculusIIILinearAlgebraDevelopmentalMathematicsStatisticalAnalysisPartialDifferentialEquationsNumberTheoryProbabilityTrigonometryLabSemesterDifferentialGeometryUndergraduateMathematicsCoursesIntermediateAlgebraCoursesTaughtChemicalPhysicsFiniteMathematicsTopologyOfficeHoursTaughtMathematicsCalculusII

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Top Assistant Professor Of Mathematics Skills

  1. Calculus III
  2. Linear Algebra
  3. Developmental Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated creation and implementation of new developmental mathematics courses.
  • Conducted research in analytic number theory, which uses precisely the same sort of mathematics as signal processing.
  • Instructed undergraduate courses in algebra, calculus, and probability.
  • Subject Areas: Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, Precalculus
  • Implement a statistical consulting laboratory and supervise students participation in consulting projects.

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