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Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology

Under the general direction of the Department Chair of Computer Science, the Hood College Department of Computer Science & Information Technology invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2023.

The primary responsibilities include teaching (21 credits annually) and advising undergraduate and graduate students in computer science, serving on committees within the department and college, reviewing and developing curriculum in computing and information technology, and conducting scholarly research.

Successful candidates interested in cybersecurity related areas of computing are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Teach courses in computer science, management information systems, information assurance, information technology management and other information technology areas.
  • Utilize the College’s learning management system as an instructional platform for all classes, consistent with minimum usage guidelines.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Contribute to the development and assessment of the computer science and information technology curriculum.
  • Maintain an active program of continuing professional development related to teaching.
  • Plan course syllabus and assignments for semester of study to meet Hood College and departmental curriculum requirements utilizing a variety of teaching techniques.
  • Evaluate students' learning styles, interests, aptitudes, temperament, and individual characteristics to determine suitable level of instruction and assignments.
  • Instruct students in course content and provide learning opportunities in and out of the classroom to achieve course objectives.
  • Encourage class participation and provide assistance as appropriate to students in completing class assignments. Manage classroom interactions and establish and maintain a climate that encourages learning.
  • Critique performance on various assignments to measure the quality of learning, to build thinking skills, to challenge students’ assumptions, and to reinforce concepts, which may include practical application of new skills.
  • Maintain regular office hours and contact with students as appropriate.
  • Work with student to address problems and resolve issues.
  • Accompany students on field trips or other off-campus learning opportunities as appropriate.
  • Determine and report grades for assignments and for overall achievement. Provide documentation of grades to students and department as appropriate.
  • Attentiveness to and compliance with ABET standards required for accreditation.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Conduct field-specific research in computing and information technology.
  • Present research findings at academic or professional conferences.
  • Engage students (undergraduate and/or graduate) in ongoing scholarship efforts.
  • As appropriate, partner with the Grants Office and/or other partners to pursue external funding opportunities consistent with disciplinary areas of interest and/or strategic goals.
  • E ngage in active service within the department and College.
  • Support and participate in college committees and/or professional organizations.
  • Support college initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Serve as an active member of the department and Hood College community.

We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across campus in support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered, liberal arts institution.

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Earned doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, information systems, or closely related field by the time of appointment required. Applications that do not meet this requirement will not be considered.

Some college level teaching experience preferred and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Professional experience in industry or government is desirable.

Preferred Skills and Characteristics

Desirable, skills include:

Technology Skills

Proficient in MS Office tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications.

Language Skills

Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively provide information and positively respond to questions from both external and internal customers both in person and by phone. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Mathematical Skills

Proficient with statistical and financial concepts. Must have the ability to apply those concepts to tracking, projections, goal setting and interpreting reports. Must be able to draw conclusions from reports and make cost effective decisions regarding programs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

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