Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational
The Bates College Digital and Computational Studies [DCS] Program invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor with a focus on Computer Science, beginning August 2021. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching and/or supporting marginalized, first generation and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. DCS is a new program that seeks to build bridges between computation and digital studies, and the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other existing interdisciplinary programs on campus. The DCS curriculum asks students to interrogate the practices, values, cultures and assumptions of the digital world, while engaging with computing for social good. For more information about Digital and Computational Studies at Bates, see our webpage (http://www.bates.edu/digital-computational-studies/).
Candidate Credentials. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in Computer Science by August 1st, 2021. They should be prepared to teach introductory Computer Science courses (e.g. DCS 109) and develop subsequent courses based on their area(s) of expertise. We especially encourage applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinary research, teaching and mentoring undergraduates; experience teaching programming to students having a range of prior experience (including none); and/or evidence of supporting a diversity of students in computer science, STEM, the digital humanities, or other areas.
Resources at Bates. In 2018, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded Bates an Inclusive Excellence grant to transform the STEM culture at Bates. Areas of focus include updating the ways that faculty approach their work with students, expanding existing programs for student mentoring and leadership, and redefining the first-year science curriculum to introduce research experiences. Also in 2018, Bates was awarded a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Mellon grant is funding strategies to create a 21st-century curriculum, support the faculty’s capacity to more effectively teach and mentor a diverse student population, and remove barriers to academic success particularly experienced by students from marginalized groups. In addition to these sources of support, Bates houses both the Digital Media Studio, which provide equipment and expertise for a wide range of audio and visual media, and a Visualization Lab, which includes Extended Reality studios and 3D printing. Bates DCS faculty are also prepared to support candidates as they develop courses designed for an interdisciplinary program.
Bates College is situated in Lewiston, a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene. The standard teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per academic year (either 2-3 or 2-2-1). In addition to an active interdisciplinary program culture, funds for scholarly work are available to all faculty. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.
Review of applications begins on March 29, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit all requested materials through Interfolio.
Applications should include the following:
● A cover letter stating your qualifications, both scholarly and pedagogical, for this position as well as your interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college such as Bates College.
● A statement speaking to how your teaching, scholarship and/or service might contribute to equity, inclusion and antiracism in the campus community.
● A current C.V.
After candidates have been selected for an initial video-conference, they will be asked to submit letters of reference. Those not selected at this time will be notified. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.
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