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Job Openings

Lecturer Positions

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder invites applications for a one academic year, non-tenure-track, non-renewable position at the rank of Lecturer, to commence August 17, 2015. The salary will be $48K per academic year, and the teaching load will be four courses per semester. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mathematics, as well as some experience teaching mathematics at the university level.

Please submit a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Colorado Boulder 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




Congratulations to Nicholas Boschert and Alaina Metivier, recipients of the 2015-2016 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 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.



  • PhD Candidate Erica Shannon was selected by CU's United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) to receive the Top TA/GPTI Award for 2015 in recognition of her demonstrated dedication to excellence in teaching. Award recipients were honored at UGGS's annual Roundtable Reception on April 21st.
  • Graduate students Natalie Coston, Julie Linman and Erica Shannon are the 2015 recipients of the Burton W. Jones Teaching Excellence Award. Excellent job, ladies! Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to graduate student Noah Williams for winning the 2014 W. E. Briggs Teaching Award!
  • 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.