Department Chair - Computer Science

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 21, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
Department Chair - Computer Science
External Link to Posting
Vacancy Number
Position Number
Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Computer Science - 32331
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of Computer Science at University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks an outstanding scholar for an appointment as Chair of the Department of Computer Science starting July 2021. We anticipate multiple new faculty hires in the next five years along with several new programs and seek a dynamic leader to move the department forward.

The Computer Science Department Chair position is a full-time, permanent, tenured, 12-month position with an initial term as Chair of four years. The Department seeks a tenured Associate Professor or above with an outstanding reputation within the academic community who will bring vision and dynamic leadership to a diverse and multidisciplinary department with both undergraduate and graduate programs. To be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor level, candidates are expected to have an established record of teaching, scholarship, research, and service.

Department Chair will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Represent the department to UNCW’s administration and outside constituencies.
  • Advocate for the mission of the department to the administration and outside constituencies.
  • Collaborate with administrators across the university to foster interdisciplinary degrees, certifications, and activities.
  • Mentor and serve as a facilitator for the faculty and staff within the department as they carry out their mission.
  • Serve as an administrator of the department in accomplishing necessary managerial tasks. The Chair teaches one course per semester at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Doctoral degree in Computer Science, or a closely related field.

  • Strong managerial and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of departmental, college/school, and university policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of budgets.
  • Ability to prepare department schedules and teaching assignments.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will demonstrate a distinguished body of scientific accomplishments in addition to experience in administrative leadership. A successful track record of recruiting, coaching, leading, mentoring, and retaining diverse teaching- and research-intensive students and faculty is highly valued. A record of collaborating effectively as evidenced by multi-disciplinary research, teaching, scholarship, and/or service is sought and well regarded. Demonstrated success creating and maintaining a collegial and inclusive learning and working environment is strongly preferred.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Department is on an upward trajectory with annual research expenditures growing to an average of $1M/year over the last three years. Research strengths include machine learning and AI, biometrics, virtual reality and digital arts, computer and network security, mobile computing, and computer science education.

The Department of Computer Science offers the following degree programs:
• a B.S. in computer science,
• an interdisciplinary B.S. in information technology,
• an interdisciplinary B.A. in digital arts,
• an interdisciplinary M.S. in computer science and information systems, and
• an interdisciplinary M.S. in data science.

The Computer Science Department currently has eighteen full-time faculty members and one visiting scholar

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately three quarters of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College’s twenty-two departments offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as African-American studies, Asian studies, forensic science, Latin American studies, Native American studies, and women’s studies, among others.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various stands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the college gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the university’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2021, the position closing date.

To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vita – Demonstrating Leadership Experience and Excellence in Teaching and Research
3. Teaching Philosophy
4. Other – Statement of Leadership Philosophy
5. Research Summary – Description of Research and Instructional Interests (provide representative publications and/or course materials)
6. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion – addressing how issues of diversity shape their working practices, past and planned

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Jess Boersma, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Computer Science Department Chair Search Committee, at at

For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Katie Shuler at

Months Per Year
12 Months
Type of Position
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Other
  5. Research Summary
  6. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
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