Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics Position

The Williams College Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for a one-year visiting position in statistics, to begin fall 2021. Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in statistics, bio-statistics, or a related field by summer, 2021, or be currently in a program to complete the Ph.D. by 2022. We will consider candidates with any area of statistical expertise.

Visiting Assistant Professors are asked to teach four courses per year on our 12-week semester schedule, advise several undergraduate student colloquia (our capstone experience for seniors), and make small contributions to service activities in the department. This set of professional duties provides a window into the experience of being a statistician in a liberal-arts setting.

Our department offers a vibrant undergraduate program with majors in mathematics (including an applied mathematics emphasis) and in statistics. For more information, see The multidisciplinary environment is a rich and collegial setting for student education and faculty research. Williams College provides the opportunity to apply for student research assistant support, a standard, annual allocation of funds to support travel and research, and a shared computer cluster for parallel computation. Visiting Assistant Professors are also eligible to participate in the college’s comprehensive First Three professional development program (

Approximately one hour from the Albany, NY airport, Williams College is located in Williamstown, a thriving destination proximate to three major art museums and access to theater, music, and dance festivals, community supported agriculture farms, a highly-rated public school system, and many other resources.

In accord with the institution’s values, our department’s faculty embody diversity in many key ways, and we value diversity while continually striving for greater inclusivity. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic background, and other axes of diversity.

Applications should be submitted via Interfolio at

Your application should include the following components.

1) Please provide a cover letter. This letter might describe your interest in Williams and in the liberal arts, and provide a brief summary of your professional experience and future goals. We ask you to address how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support Williams’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
2) Please provide a current curriculum vitae.
3) Please provide a teaching statement that addresses your teaching philosophy, experience, and other reflections or relevant information you would like to share.
4) Please have at least three recommenders submit letters of recommendation. If possible, at least one of these letters should comment on your experience as a teaching assistant or on any other instructional capacities in which you have served.

If you have questions about this position, contact search committee chair Richard De Veaux ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin on or after January 15, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available at

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.