Professor of Computer/Data Science (open rank)

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Professor of Computer/Data Science (open rank)

Posting Number: R0003369
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University, a selective private university in Salem, Oregon, invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track position in the field of data and computer science, specialization open, to begin in August 2021. The successful candidate will have a tenure home in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, and a joint appointment in the interdisciplinary Committee of Studies of Computational, Data, and Information Sciences — a cross-university collaboration offering Bachelor of Science programs in Data Science and Computer Science and a Master of Science program in Data Science.
Successful candidates will have earned a doctorate in computer science, data science, or a related field before appointment, and have demonstrated ability to teach coursework in these fields, as well as the motivation and aptitude to participate in building innovative computer and data science programs. All College faculty advise students and contribute to the General Education program, including our first-year experience, in addition to teaching courses in their area of expertise. While the teaching for this position will be primarily at the undergraduate level, depending on the area of specialty, there is the possibility for graduate teaching as well. We have an active teacher-scholar model, and also expect tenure-line faculty to contribute to faculty governance and to our vibrant university community.

As the first university founded west of the Mississippi River, Willamette University has a long history of cultivating civic-minded leaders of industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley and Oregon Wine Country, Salem is Oregon's capital city, boasting a mild climate and high quality of life. Our prime location affords us ready access to the Oregon Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and a wide range of recreational opportunities. Salem's local attractions are complemented by those of nearby urban, cultural, and academic centers in Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene.

The College of Arts & Sciences, one of the Colleges that Changes Lives, is nationally recognized both for its academic excellence and also for its contributions to the public good (through research, social mobility, and community & national service). The College enrolls a substantial number of Pell-eligible (26%), first-generation (25%), and students of color (32%). Our 1400 students may choose from among 36 major fields of study, and have the opportunity to pursue accelerated dual degrees with our graduate schools. Our average class size is 17 students, and both in and outside of the classroom, students work closely with faculty and peers across a wide range of high-impact educational experiences. Mentored faculty-student research is a high priority within the College.

Employment at Willamette University means being part of a community that values education and its impact on the world, and one that is friendly, supportive and diverse. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and seeks candidates whose work furthers diversity and who bring to the campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

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A letter of application/personal statement: current CV: and 3 confidential letters of reference—the last of which should be sent to In your letter of application and personal statement, please give detailed attention to:
  • Your experience and strategies for creating and supporting an inclusive community.
  • Your capacity for collaboration and innovation.
  • Your research agenda and its capacity to engage undergraduate students.
  • Your teaching philosophy and successful practices.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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