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Prospective Faculty

Grant.jpgJoin the Faculty of the Best Math Department in the Army!

Ulysses S Grant, USMA Class of 1843 and the 18th President of the United States, applied four times to become an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, but was turned down every time. He was informed by the Department Head that his mediocre performance in undergraduate mathematics did not qualify him to teach in the department.

This fact demonstrates conclusively that it is easier to become the President than it is to become an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. However, that should not discourage you from applying.

Joining the Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is committed to maintaining a top undergraduate mathematics faculty. Our unique mission requires that we maintain a faculty that is a blend of military and civilian professionals from all walks of life. We are an equal opportunity employer, and are always actively recruiting qualified minority and women applicants.

Our military faculty includes both rotating and permanent positions.  Our rotating military faculty consists of active-duty captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels. You can apply to join the rotating military faculty through the advanced civil schooling program (Masters or Ph.D.) or through a direct assignment.  Our permanent faculty positions are for lieutenant colonels and colonels with their Ph.Ds.

For more information, please contact the military Personnel Officer by phone (845) 938-8133  or DSN 312-688-8133 or email

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has two types of positions for recent Ph.Ds: Davies Fellowships and "Title 10" Assistant Professor positions. These positions provide recent Ph.D.s a three-year opportunity to develop teaching and research skills in a very supportive environment. Our Center for Faculty Development is extremely active at the national level and our Mathematical Center of Excellence facilitates research opportunities with national laboratories. We typically hire 1-4 civilian faculty members in these categories each year. Prospective faculty typically apply in January, are notified in March of their selection, and start work at West Point in early July.

We also have full Professor positions. These positions provide experienced mathematicians the opportunity to work with a diverse group of mathematicians (applied mathematicians, pure mathematicians, mathematics educators, OR analysts, and statisticians) in a teaching and research program that is very active in the national mathematics community. Full professor positions will be advertised when they become available.  

 For more information about civilian assignments, please contact COL Krista Watts at (845) 938-2276.