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William R. Davis ’68 Distinguished Chair of Mathematics


United States Naval Academy, Mathematics Department


Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The Mathematics Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is proud to invite applications for the William R. Davis ‘68 Distinguished Chair in Mathematics.  Established in 2020, the Davis Chair will be an important part of our program for years to come. 

An appointment will normally be made for one year, although a shorter term is possible.  In rare circumstances a one-year appointment may be extended for one additional year. Candidates for this position could be career academics (possibly on sabbatical) with strong research programs, up-and-coming postdocs who are rising stars in their disciplines, researchers at government labs or agencies, technical leaders in industry, or other exceptional candidates.

The Distinguished Chair is expected to be an active participant in the department. This involvement might include mentoring midshipmen and faculty, or developing our research and teaching capabilities, particularly in the recipient's field of specialization. A Distinguished Chair will normally teach one course per semester, with the possibility of co-teaching advanced classes with USNA faculty members. While any area of expertise will be considered, the department is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to our programs in operations research, statistics, data science, econometrics, or applied mathematics.

Candidates for the Distinguished Chair should use their job application to articulate their vision for the position, within the bounds set by the description above. Initial selection and renewal of the Distinguished Chair will be based on their anticipated lasting impact on our faculty and programs.

The Mathematics Department is the largest department at the Academy, including 40 tenure track civilians with PhD’s and 22 military officers with advanced degrees. The department offers majors in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, and Mathematics with Economics. Additional information about the department and the United States Naval Academy is available at

This is a 10 month, federal excepted service position; it is a non-tenured, gift funded, contract position within the Mathematics Department with a salary range that is commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or a related field.
  • A Master's in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or a related field, together with significant industrial experience.


  • Recognized excellence or remarkable potential in their discipline.
  • Experience leading or mentoring  professionals in their field.
  • Track record of enhancing organizational capabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity.
  • Enthusiasm for working with undergraduates.
  • Alignment with USNA institutional mission.


Applicants should provide a letter of application addressing their role in the department, a CV, and three references. The letter of application should address qualities described above under Preferred Qualifications. Applications or questions about the position should be sent to Professor Geoffrey Price using the following email address:  

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning February 28, 2021 and will receive first consideration if received by that date. The position will remain open until filled.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

Announcement: MATH-20-21-1


The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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