Faculty Position in Computer Science
Position: The Department of Computer Science at Truman State University is seeking applicants for one tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in computer science to start January 2021 or August 2021. This position is for a full-time appointment on a nine-month contract. There are also summer teaching opportunities. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who aspire to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission.
The successful candidate will provide classroom instruction in undergraduate computer science courses for majors and non-majors, engage in scholarly activity, and perform other duties including advising, mentoring in research or software development projects, development of new courses, and service to the university or community. There are also opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the university.
The position requires a Ph.D. for the rank of Assistant Professor. Ph.D. candidates (ABD) with a master’s degree in computer science or a very closely related field, e.g., computer engineering or software engineering are welcome to apply. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by August 2021.
Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; teaching philosophy, experience, and background; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; demonstrated success in student-centered teaching of undergraduate computer science courses; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; and compatibility with the department’s needs.
Program: The Department of Computer Science, a unit of the School of Science and Mathematics, has six full-time faculty members and close to 250 undergraduate majors. The department offers a BS degree in computer science. Minors in computer science and information systems are offered by the department, while interdisciplinary minors in mathematical biology and cognitive science are actively supported by the department’s faculty and course offerings. The department sponsors two active student organizations, a student chapter of the ACM, and Tru Women in Computer Science (TWiCS).
The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.
Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.
Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White, and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at www.kirksvillechamber.com.
Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu/. Application materials may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; statement of teaching philosophy; statement of research interests and goals, current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.
Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354, and email@example.com.
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