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Vacancy at Academic Department

Position: Faculty of Statistics and Data Science
Employment Status: Full-Time
Base: Ideally in Southeast Asia, but it can be anywhere virtually
Start Date: July 1, 2024

 

1. BACKGROUND

 

Parami University is a member of the Open Society University Network and a partner institution of Bard College, New York. Parami and Bard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer value-added educational opportunities, such as dual degree programs, subject to approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the institutional accreditor of Bard College.

Parami University was established as Parami Institute in 2017 in Myanmar (Burma) to provide high-quality continuing education programs to Burmese youth. Later, the institution was expanded to establish a residential liberal arts and sciences university in Hmawbi, Yangon, Burma. However, the plans to build a physical campus have been postponed due to the political instabilities caused by the 2021 military coup. In June 2022, Parami University was incorporated in Washington, DC, and licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission, a regulatory authority of the government of Washington, DC. 

Parami University currently offers Associate in Arts (AA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in two interdisciplinary majors: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Statistics and Data Science (SDS). 

Parami University is now seeking two full-time faculty members within the Division of Mathematics and Science to offer courses for the interdisciplinary major of Statistics and Data Science program, to strengthen the Division’s academic programming and scholarly activities, and to support the academic expansion of the university in its founding years as an online degree-granting institution providing undergraduate studies. 
 

2. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Faculty at Parami are dedicated teachers in their respective disciplines, eager to share knowledge in a student-centered way. Teaching currently takes place online using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), and other educational technology tools, informed by Parami’s educational theory and practice. Because Parami University was created to educate students in protracted crises and developing countries such as Burma, faculty at Parami must actively apply empathy in their teaching.

 

A full-time faculty within a Division is considered a regular core faculty, who works primarily within that Division and with the respective Division Chair. They are responsible for overseeing the proper functioning of their Academic Division in collaboration with the Chair and the Dean of Academic Affairs in teaching and administration as laid out below.

 

1. A regular core faculty is expected to teach three courses per semester (i.e. six courses a year). This key task of 0.75 FTE consists of the following responsibilities:

 

  • Develop course syllabi following Parami’s guidelines and in consultation with the respective Chair;

  • Prepare and teach courses using designated Parami software and tools, e.g. Canvas learning management system, Zoom, etc.;

  • Perform student assessment and evaluation;

  • Incorporate feedback from peer and student feedback actively in future courses; and

  • Work with the Student Affairs team to maximize student retention. 

 

2. A regular core faculty is expected to participate in improving their respective academic administration for the Division and academic governance of the University as a whole. This task of 0.25 FTE consists of the following responsibilities:

 

Conduct and publish academic research;

  • Serve on academic committees (e.g. Course and Curriculum Review Committee, Internal Quality Assurance Committee);

  • Contribute to academic planning and programming in collaboration with the Division Chair; and

  • Support the Academic Department in enhancing the overall quality of education at Parami.

3. DURATION

July 01, 2024 – June 30, 2026 (with a possibility of extension) 

4. POSITION REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Fluency in English

  • Ph.D. in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or any related field

  • At least 2 years of teaching experience

5. POSITION PREFERENCES

  • Teaching experience in Southeast Asia or other developing countries

  • Online teaching experience

  • Record of academic research output

  • Experience with collaborative projects in academic settings

  • Willing to relocate to Southeast Asian region

6. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF file, addressed to the Faculty Search Committee at hr@parami.edu.mm, with the subject line ‘Application for Faculty Position in Statistics, Data Science, or Computer Science’:

 

  • Single-page cover letter

  • CV

  • A sample syllabus

  • Contact information of two professional references (phone numbers and emails).

 

Please apply by February 23, 2024. 

Job interviews are expected to begin in the first week of March 2024.

7. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Parami University is an equal-opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

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