American Mathematical Society
Policy Statement Regarding Career Teaching Faculty in Research Departments
Career teaching faculty in mathematics are an important part of the community of professional mathematicians. As experts focused on teaching, they add a great deal to their departments. They often play leading roles in the education of undergraduates, both non-majors and majors. They can be a source of innovations in curriculum and teaching, follow the literature around teaching and learning, and bring to their departments the latest innovations concerning these topics. They are often well prepared to sponsor independent studies for majors, supervise undergraduate research projects, and serve as departmental advisors for math majors. They may evaluate institutional data related to the teaching of math and undertake scholarship around the learning of mathematics. Math departments with career teaching faculty should value and support these faculty members as professional colleagues; they should encourage their institutions to develop pathways for the professional advancement of career teaching faculty, and to systematically support them in their career growth. The AMS supports career teaching faculty and strongly encourages their active participation in all activities of the society.
Adopted on April 2, 2022.