Sinha Ennovate Endowed Chair in Statistics, Fall 2023

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks applications and nominations to the position of inaugural Sinha Endowed Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to begin in Fall 2023. The position is made possible by an endowment by the family of Professor Bimal K. Sinha, the founder of the Statistics Program at UMBC and a matching grant from the Maryland E-nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. Announcement of this $1.8 million endowment can be found at UMBC News.

We are looking for a senior scholar in any field of statistics in order to take over the leadership of our thriving Statistics program. The applicant should have an outstanding record of research, teaching and professional service, and a proven record of obtaining external funding, with a demonstrated commitment to the diversity and excellence of the department in teaching, mentoring, and service. The tenured appointment will be at least at the level of associate professor, commensurate with experience.

The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied mathematics and in statistics. The departmental culture encourages research collaboration, with a strong emphasis to involve undergraduate, as well as graduate students, in the research activities. The department’s PhD program also has a biostatistics track, in partnership with University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and Greenbaum Cancer Center. At present there are nearly 100 undergraduate majors, more than 30 graduate students and 10 full time faculty members in Statistics. Since the inception of the program in 1985, we have graduated nearly 100 PhD students.

UMBC is a public research university which integrates teaching and research and has a strong emphasis on science and engineering at the graduate level. The campus is located between Baltimore and Washington and is in close proximity to several federal agencies. The statistics faculty at UMBC actively interacts with some of the federal agencies. With over 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the campus reflects the wealth of ethnic and cultural diversity of the Baltimore-Washington region. UMBC presents an opportunity to work with a diverse student population and collaborate with community and academic partners to enhance the learning of future leaders of the country. U.S. News and World Reports ranks UMBC as one of the top universities in the nation; it is among the best for innovation and undergraduate education. The university is especially proud of the diversity of its student body. The campus and our department are deeply committed to faculty diversity.

UMBC and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are dedicated to creating an inclusive, collegial environment where all faculty members can achieve excellence. The Department has ties with the nationally acclaimed Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Several of our faculty have taught summer bridge courses for the Meyerhoff program and have worked with Meyerhoff students and McNair scholars. Over the years the statistics faculty in the department have recruited, mentored and supervised the doctoral work of several minority and women graduate students. The faculty have also been active in promoting statistics education in several African countries, and organizing an annual African International Conference in Statistics. This effort has opened up a pipeline to get graduate students from various African countries. In view of these ongoing and successful diversity efforts in the department, we welcome applications from candidates with interest and experience in working with a diverse student and faculty population, and who are willing to contribute to the diversity mission of the university. In particular, candidates from diverse backgrounds, including women and under-represented minorities, are especially encouraged to apply.

Information on faculty diversity initiatives and faculty groups at UMBC is available at, and information on the resources provided to help balance work and personal priorities are available at UMBC is an NSF-ADVANCE institution and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. UMBC is also a Carnegie classified R1 institution, as well as an MSI (minority serving institution), in Baltimore County, Maryland.

We welcome letters of interest or nominations which would include a cover letter, CV, and names of three distinguished references. A complete application should also include a summary of current research program, teaching statement, a vision and plan for the enhancement of the Statistics program at UMBC, and a statement of commitment to inclusive excellence in higher education. The inclusive excellence statement should include an explanation of the candidate’s commitment and demonstrated or potential ability to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, mentoring, recruiting, and departmental climate. All application materials should be submitted through Interfolio at Application received by January 15, 2023 will be given full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.