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Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 11, 2023

Job Details

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The School of Engineering and Computing at Fairfield University invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in Computer Science, pending final budget approval, and with a start date of September 1st, 2024. Candidates in all areas of Computer Science or closely related areas are encouraged to apply.

Position Description : This position requires an ability to perform teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities. The successful candidate will be required to: (1) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses (lecture and laboratory); (2) supervise MS-level theses, undergraduate research, and Senior Design Projects; (3) pursue scholarly activities (including externally-funded research and peer-reviewed publications); (4) engage in academic advising and mentoring; and (5) assist in program assessment, execution of the department’s continuous improvement plan, and documentation in support of ABET accreditation. The position is an academic (9-month), tenure-track appointment, and the salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The School of Engineering and Computing is organized into the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is experiencing rapid growth, and has become the largest unit within the school. The strategic areas for the department include Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Bioinformatics. The department is ABET accredited, boasts several state-of-the-art laboratories in cybersecurity, and offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and graduate programs in Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Software Engineering.

Required Qualifications :
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or closely related area (attained by the start date of appointment)
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to effectively teach both undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Demonstrated potential to engage in research and conduct funded research in a relevant field, along with a demonstrable publication record.
  • A commitment to innovation and demonstrated excellence in using technology in the classroom
Preferred Qualifications :

While all areas of Computer Science or closely related areas are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to candidates with applied research and/or teaching background in Cybersecurity, IoT, Robotics, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, or Software Engineering.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 15th, 2023. The preferred starting date is September 1st, 2024.

Please click “Apply Now” and upload the following materials. A complete application will consist of:

(1) a cover letter addressing the qualifications (one-page max),

(2) a statement of teaching interests and research plan (two pages max),

(3) a curriculum vitae, and

(4) the names and contact information of three professional references (references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates).

Only complete electronic applications submitted as a single PDF file will be considered. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Xiaoli Yang (

Founded in 1942, Fairfield University is one of twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity give rise to its vibrant education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that prepares students to lead their communities with insight, empathy, critical rigor, and a determination to serve and promote justice. Fairfield University allows untenured tenure-track faculty members to take Pre-Tenure Research Leaves. This leave will cover one semester during the third or fourth year and will be granted at full pay. Located in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut, the University's 200-acre campus is just one hour outside New York City, in the heart of a region with the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.

For more information on Fairfield University, please visit . For more information on the School of Engineering and Computing, please visit .

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability. All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.


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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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