Instructor / Assistant Professor of Data Analytics & Information Systems

Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 11, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Its comprehensive academic programs serve more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students.Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

About the School of Business, Government, and Economics

The School of Business, Government, and Economics (SBGE) at SPU has 32 faculty and nine staff serving about 655 undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Global Development Studies, and Political Science, as well as approximately 150 graduate students in three master's level programs (MBA, MS-IS, and MA in Management). The school is committed to providing a high-quality education through the lens of Christian faith and values, and is distinguished by its emphasis on applied learning. It was the first within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities membership to achieve secondary accreditation with the AACSB (in 2000), and has successfully maintained accreditation since then. SPU has been ranked #2 in the Western Region as "Best Value," and the school is listed as one of the "Best Grad Schools" by US News. The school is regularly featured in Princeton Review's Best Business Schools, and was recently designated as one of the top 100 programs in the country by the Aspen Institute in their Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. In addition, the School of Business, Government, and Economics was the first adopter within the Northwest Region of the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and is one of five PRME champion schools in North America. Beyond such quality indicators, the faculty and staff within the school are a supportive community marked by collaborative teaching, scholarship, and service and commitment to the school's perspective on the purpose and practice of business.

Job Description:

This is a one-year visiting position available September 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. Appointment is in SBGE. The position may convert to tenure-track for subsequent years.


  • Teach regular nine-month load of about 35 quarter credits includes traditional and online undergraduate and graduate courses in analytics, IS, and related topics (overload summer teaching is possible).
  • Mentor students (academic advising is not required for visiting faculty).
  • Ongoing scholarly research and publication (practitioner focus acceptable).
  • Collaborate closely with the analytics & IS faculty and with other SBGE faculty and staff.
  • Contribute service within SBGE, university, professional organizations, church, and community.


  • PhD in IS, Data Science, or related discipline (ABD considered) for appointment as an Assistant Professor; MS + relevant professional experience required for appointment as an Instructor or Clinical Professor.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence. Capable of teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Evidence of scholarly/professional productivity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Alignment/Commitment to the University's ecumenical Christian mission as expressed in the SPU Statement of Faith and to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Personal commitment to vibrant Christian faith.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Versatility in teaching assignments a plus (IS, analytics, Excel).
  • Strong professional background or orientation.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and/or issues in equity and inclusion.

Additional Information:

  • Position will remain open until filled. 
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.
  • This is a full time position with excellent benefits. SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. Tuition discount program available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The online application consists of an official SPU application form (including a one-page faith statement). In the same online process upload a required curriculum vitae and a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page. Other supporting documents (such as samples of teaching evaluations) may also be uploaded. The University reserves the right to fill the position before the deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.

All inquiries should be addressed to:

Gary Karns

SBGE Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

3307 3rd Ave W Suite 201

Seattle WA 98119