Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Puget Sound

Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science
Job ID: 5517
Location: Math & Computer Science
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Tempoary: Regular

Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science to begin Fall 2021.

Description: The University of Puget Sound seeks applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science to begin Fall 2021.

The successful candidate will develop and teach courses in the new undergraduate Data Science major, as well as courses in the existing Computer Science curriculum. Standard teaching load is 6 units per academic year. Candidates are expected to engage in undergraduate research, mentoring, advising, and standard service assignments.

We are in the process of developing a new undergraduate major in Data Science, and are seeking candidates who would be excited to help lead, shape, and teach in the new major. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in one or more of the active areas of research in data science, including data mining and knowledge discovery, big data analytics, data visualization, deep learning, and statistical models for data mining.

Qualifications: PhD preferred; ABD considered and a commitment to undergraduate teaching are required. A degree in computer science or data science is preferred, but degrees in closely related fields will also be considered.

Application Deadline: Applications submitted before Monday Feb 15, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Required Documents:
    Letter of interest Curriculum vitae Teaching statement Research statement Diversity statement (see prompt below) Three (3) letters of reference. Candidates will be asked to provide the email addresses for reference providers at the time of application. At least one of the letters should address teaching ability or potential.

    Teaching evaluations

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit a resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can express their qualification:
    Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity; Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities; Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound; Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service; Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations; Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP; Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About the University of Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is a selective liberal arts college located in beautiful Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant and diverse mid-sized city nestled near the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Our university's undergraduate students select coursework from 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, with a student:faculty ratio of 11:1. Our unique location offers ample opportunities to engage in a wide variety of cultural activities. There is ready access to both natural and urban areas: a short drive to three iconic National Parks, wild ocean beaches, a temperate rainforest, and several major metropolitan centers.

About Computer Science at Puget Sound: The Computer Science program at Puget Sound is thriving, and currently has 100-120 students taught by four tenure-track faculty members. Faculty members regularly engage undergraduate students in research, and recent projects span topics in machine learning, CS pedagogy, cloud computing, and data management. The department hosts a 128-core compute cluster, which supports coursework, projects, and student and faculty research. Student clubs include the ACM, W-ACM, and Beta Coders (a group that tutors computer science topics at underserved high schools).

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy,

University Diversity Statement
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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