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Job Openings

Mathematical Logic and Foundations:

The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a tenure-track position, at the level of Assistant Professor, in Logic and Foundations. This position will begin in Fall 2015.


The candidate must have a doctoral degree at the date of appointment, and is expected to have demonstrated the capacity for independent research of excellent quality.  In addition to research accomplishments, selection criteria include potential contributions to the educational programs of the Department at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Applications must include a curriculum vitae, statements on research and teaching, and at least four letters of reference (one addressing teaching). Please apply at You also must log in to, posting # F01765 and provide the basic information requested (name, contact information, etc.).

Candidates are encouraged to include means for online access to their published work and preprints. To ensure full consideration, complete applications including letters of reference should be submitted by December 1, 2014.


The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at


Burnett Meyer Postdoc:

Applications are invited for non-tenure-track Burnett Meyer Instructorships, to begin in August 2015. Each is a two-year position. Candidates in all areas of mathematics, including mathematics education, will be considered. Candidates should have a PhD in Mathematics before the position begins. The position has a teaching load of three courses per year. Selection will be based on research achievement, but documented evidence of strong teaching is necessary and departmental and university research interests and priorities will be taken into account. Further information about the Department can be found at: Applicants should send a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and a statement on teaching philosophy. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted as well, with one of the letters addressing the applicant's teaching qualifications. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled. Please apply at

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Lecturer Positions

From time to time the department hires PhD's with excellent teaching records as part-time lecturers.  If you would like to be considered for these positions when they arise, please send your CV to




Congratulations to Harold Hausman and Philippe Guegan, recipients of the 2014-2015 Adele V. Leonhardy Memorial Scholarships! These scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding students who plan careers in teaching mathematics.

Congratulations to Harold Hausman and Philippe Guegan, recipients of the 2013-2014 Adele V. Leonhardy Memorial Scholarships! These scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding students who plan careers in teaching mathematics.

Congratulations to math major Molly May! She has been awarded the 2011-2012 McCray Scholarship.This award was established to honor Dr. Richard A. McCray. Professor McCray joined the faculty of CU in 1971. He is presently the George Gamow Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics. The McCray Scholarship fund was established by his family to celebrate his 65th birthday.



  • Congratulations to math major Harold Hausman! He has been awarded the 2014-2015 Jack Hodges Award for Excellence in Mathematics. The award is given annually to an advanced undergraduate student majoring in mathematics who has demonstrated the greatest promise in the mathematical sciences. Jack Hodges was a member of the Department of Mathematics from 1960 until his retirement in 1993.  The Jack Hodges Award for Excellence in Mathematics is supported by the Jack Hodges Scholarship fund.
  • Dr. Eric Stade's MATH 1310: Calculus, Systems, and Modeling, is highlighted on the ASSETT website:
  • Graduate students Scott Andrews, Clifford Bridges and Trubee Davison are the 2014 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. You Guys Rock!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Keith Kearnes! He has won an Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Teacher for Technology in Teaching from ASSETT. Dr. Kearnes was nominated by students in his Set Theory course commending him on his excellent webpage for the class. Way to go!
  • Graduate students Natalie Coston and Jeffrey Shriner are the 2013 recipients of the Williams Briggs Teaching Excellence Award. Congratulations!
  • Math Education Receives MTE Partnership Grant

    David Webb and Kimberly Bunning, along with Department of Mathematics Professors Eric Stade and Rob Tubbs, have been awarded a grant through the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership from the Helmsley Trust to work on professional development and materials related to CU's active-learning calculus courses.

  • Congratulations to Katherine Stange. She will receive the Mathematical Association's Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award at the Mathfest 2013 Prize Session on August 2 in Hartford CT. Dr. Stange is being recognized for her paper "How to make the most of a shared meal:  Plan the last bite first" published in August-September 2012 in The American Mathmatical Monthly.

  • Graduate students Amy Feaver, William Stanton and Nathan Wakefield are the 2013 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. Great job!
  • Congratulations to Emeritus Professors Jan Mycielski and Wolfgang Schmidt on being elected to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Adjunct Professors Daniel Stroock and Raymond O. Wells, Jr. were also elected as inaugural Fellows, and congratulations to them as well.The announcement of Fellows was made on November 1, 2012, and the complete list of Fellows can be found at
  • Dr. Brian Rider has been given a College Scholar Award by the College of Arts and Sciences.  A panel of the college's professors of distinction bestow these awards in recognition of scholarly accomplishments, and the awards allow faculty to pursue full time research for one semester.
  • Dr. Brian Rider has been named a Simons Fellow by the Simons Foundation for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Simons Fellows Program provides funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Awards are based on the applicant's scientific accomplishment in the five-year period preceding the application and on a judgment of the potential scientific impact of the leave period.
  • Graduate students Tyson Gern, Justin Keller and Benjamin Purkis are the 2012 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. Great job!
  • To recognize our excellent diversity plan, the Department of Mathematics was awarded $1500 by the Committee on Academic Community and Diversity of the Arts and Sciences Council, in the form of extra fellowship money for incoming graduate student Keli Parker.
  • Graduate student Matthew Hartman won the 2011 William Briggs Teaching Award and graduate student Matthew Stackpole won the 2011 Burton W. Jones teaching award. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Eric Stade has been selected to be a President’s Teaching Scholar. This appointment will continue throughout his career at CU. You can read more about the President’s Teaching Scholar program at its website:
  • Professor Keith Kearnes has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for fall semester 2010 to collaborate with a group of researchers in Hungary on applications of relational clones to algebra and theoretical computer science.
  • Office Manager Donna Maes received the 2010 Service Excellence Award.  The award is given by the University of Colorado Staff Council to one qualified individual per campus and one from University System Administration and includes a cash award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward individuals who have provided outstanding volunteer service to their campus, community/civic/professional activities, and the University as a whole through involvement in staff issues, committee work, teamwork, professional development of peers, and community relations.

  • The 2010 Burton Jones was shared by graduate students Patrick Newberry and Michael Noyes.
  • Graduate student Daniel Proulx won the 2010 William Briggs.
  • Senior Instructor Delphy Shaulis was selected to receive a 2010 "Marinus Smith Award" from the CU Parents Association.  The award is named after Marinus Smith, who made a significant financial contribution and donation of land to the university so that it could be located in Boulder. The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize CU-Boulder faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators who have made a significant impact on the lives of CU undergraduate students. The award is presented at a luncheon ceremony by Chancellor Phil DiStefano.
  • Department Chair Eric Stade has received the 2010 Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America’s Rocky Mountain Section. The MAA board of governors established Section Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics to recognize outstanding teachers who foster student excitement about mathematics. The honor includes a certificate and honorarium, and automatic nomination for the Deborah and Franklin Haimo National Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
  • The National Science Foundation has awarded the Department of Mathematics of the University of Colorado a $64,533 grant entitled "GPOTS Special Meetings 2009/2010 - High-Altitude Training for the Next Generation of Operator Theorists and Operator Algebraists". For more information see here.
  • Congratulations to graduate students Erika Wittenborn and Benjamin Katz-Moses, winners of the 2009 Burton W. Jones teaching award. Congratulations as well to Matthew Jones, winner of William Briggs teaching award for 2009.
  • Assistant Professor Brian Rider is a recipient of the 2008 Rollo Davidson Prize, see
  • Professor Judith Packer has been recognized with the "Outstanding Graduate Advising Faculty Award 2007-2008."
  • To support his continuing efforts to enhance mathematics education both at CU and in the Boulder Valley public schools, by bringing undergraduates and graduate students from the University into the classroom at Pioneer Bilingual Elementary in Lafayette, Whittier Elementary in Boulder, and elsewhere, Professor Stade has been awarded a 2008-2009 grant from the CU Outreach Committee. (
  • Assistant Professor Brian Rider received a 2007 NSF CAREER award for his project "Random Matrix Theory, Random Schroedinger and Wireless Communication." The CAREER awards provide early career development for faculty with outstanding potential.
  • In 2007, Professor Keith Kearnes delivered the 22nd Annual Shanks Lectures, Vanderbilt University's Distinguished Lecture Series in Mathematics.