Math dept review by UVa consultant
The department had 32 TT faculty in 2001 which fell to 23 during the hiring freeze. An
expected recruitment of a highly-recognized mathematician didn't materialize, leading to
frustration in the department. They have hired 6 new faculty in the past two years giving
them a faculty size of 26 at present. There are approximately 6 adjunct faculty for
teaching applied courses, 40 graduate students and 5 post-docs, all of whom teach.
All TT faculty, graduate students and post-docs are engaged in research. The Pratt
endowment is very important to their research, funding visitors and graduate students.
Department of Education grants support some US post-docs and NSF grants support
some graduate students. The fixed-to-diminishing funds from the Pratt endowment are a
source of concern to the department.
Math considers its peer institutions to be Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Texas
(Austin), Illinois and Penn State. Its USNWR ranking is 38, while its peer institutions
have rankings from number 7 to 29. One does not typically find such a low scoring Math
department in high quality research universities. The department feels left-behind by the
UVA administration because of the effects of the hiring freeze, during which time the
number of students taking "service courses" in math doubled, and what they perceive as
meager return from UVA for the major teaching role they perform.
Mathematics would like more help from the administration to anticipate expected
retirements with timely hires and to raise endowment for the Institute of Mathematical
Sciences. At modest cost compared to the experimental sciences, Math could move up in
national rankings. http://media.gatewayva.com/cdp/pdf/WAG_Report.pdf