Department Head - Computer Science

Texas, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 01, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) invites applications or nominations for the position of Department Head of Computer Science (CS) starting Fall 2021. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished leader with a broad and inclusive vision to meet the department’s bold goals in research, education, and outreach. He or she will have a distinguished record of scholarship and administrative leadership. They must have academic credentials that merit appointment as a tenured full professor, including a comprehensive academic record in research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate should have a proven record to lead a complex organization and to leverage growth opportunities, including a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Department Head is expected to foster an environment in which faculty, staff and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Equally important, the candidate must effectively represent the department across the University, as well as foster strong relationships with industry representatives, government and community leaders, donors and alumni. Individuals from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The CS Department at UT Dallas has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade. The department currently has 51 tenured/tenure-track and 40 faculty of instruction, about 4,600 students including 3,600 undergraduate students, and 1,000 graduate students. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering as well as in interdisciplinary fields such as Telecom Engineering and Computer Engineering. The department also offers an Executive M.S. in Software Engineering and an interdisciplinary M.S. in cyber security, technology and policy as well as a B.S. in data science. The undergraduate curriculum is tailored to meet the highest standards of computer science and software engineering education, providing top level instruction in traditional and contemporary areas, and making our students highly sought after following their graduation. The department is home to several NSF CAREER and multiple DoD (AFOSR, ARO) Young Investigator awards as well as NSF IUCRC, DoD MURI, MRI, DURIP, NSF Scholarship for Service (SFS) and other research, education and capacity development  awards from several federal agencies. The department has faculty members who are elected fellows of organizations such as the ACM, IEEE, AAAS, NAI (National Academy of Inventors)  and the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) and have received several technical and faculty awards including from the ACM, IEEE, IBM, Google, and Amazon. The department is consistently highly ranked in and second among the universities in the UT System in the US News and World Report.  The department is housed in a spacious 150,000 square foot facility and has excellent computing equipment and support. It has a number of centers and institutes, particularly, in the areas of cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, human language technology, software engineering, assistive technologies and net-centric software. For details of the accomplishments of the department, visit

The Jonsson School, home to six dynamic departments (biomedical, computer science, electrical and computer, materials science, mechanical, and systems), is one of the most rigorous, technologically advanced and diverse programs in the country. Close connections exist between all of these departments and local industry giving our students exceptional internship and employment opportunities. We serve as an economic engine of growth and innovation for North Texas with our focus on industry-relevant research and education. To that end, teams from our corporate-sponsored capstone program, UTDesign®, have taken top honors at national competitions in recent years, as well as founded startups. The Jonsson School has a legacy of inclusion, ranking in the top in the nation of number of degrees awarded to women in our oldest programs – computer science and electrical engineering.

UT Dallas is located in the suburb of Richardson, in the heart of North Texas. The Times Higher Education ranks UT Dallas as #1 in the nation and #21 in the world among universities under 50 years of age. Since its founding in 1969, UT Dallas has grown to include 140 degree programs. The University has recently undergone a period of substantial growth including enrollment increases of 144% since 2000, a total of 3.5 million new or renovated square feet, and $1 billion in development as of 2016. For more information, visit

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications will include a cover letter, current CV, research statement, statement of teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations (if available), statement of administrative philosophy and accomplishments, statement of diversity and inclusion, and contact information for five references.