Assistant Professor - Tenure-Track - Computer Science - 20281


The Department of Computer Science in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a federally designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) institution, seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in cybersecurity, networking, or related areas beginning August 2024 (FA040).

This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in our cybersecurity and computer science programs.


The successful candidate will be an integral part of the Cybersecurity B.S. and M.S. programs as well as the Computer Science B.S. and M.S. programs. The primary teaching responsibilities will be in areas such as cryptography, digital forensics, information privacy, intrusion detection, system and software security, computer organization, computer networking, or cloud computing. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications, and contributes to advancing the department, university, profession, and society. Finally, the candidate will be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of inclusivity in the classroom and as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in computer science, cybersecurity, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information systems, or other related areas is required. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, and willingness to serve as an active member of the university community.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Expertise in one or more areas of growth or need within the department, including cybersecurity, information privacy, computer/wireless networking, or other related areas.
  • Cybersecurity work experience in industry, government, or military settings.
  • Record of successful teaching experience and/or professional development in teaching, especially in teaching undergraduate students and/or in teaching fully online.
  • Ability to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research.
  • Interest in introducing or developing activities that will broaden the participation of students from underrepresented groups in computing.
  • Grant writing experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to interact respectfully and work collaboratively with people from diverse, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in the following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.

Full-time teaching responsibilities include teaching a variety of courses and supervision of undergraduate internships or graduate capstone projects, depending on the candidate's interests and experience as well as the department's needs. Specific courses may include introduction to cybersecurity, cryptography and network security, web security, digital forensics, intrusion detection, cloud computing and security, computer organization, and computer networking. Standard teaching load in the department is 12 credits per semester; research grants or other external funding may be used to reduce this teaching load, subject to department and college approval.

Research expectations include publishing in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, and grant writing. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage undergraduate and graduate students in research or other scholarly and creative activities.

Service responsibilities include committee service at the department, college, and university levels, along with service to the profession and community as appropriate to the candidate's expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach in a variety of formats, including in-person, online, and hybrid. Teaching will also occasionally occur during the evening.


The Department of Computer Science ( ) is housed in the College of Letters and Sciences ( ). It supports more than 400 undergraduate majors in computer science and cybersecurity, as well as 150 undergraduate minors in computer science, cybersecurity, data science, bioinformatics, and website development and administration. Graduate programs supported by the department include Master of Science programs in Computer Science (on-campus and online) and in Cybersecurity (online). The department has been fostering a collegial relationship among faculty and staff, who have been committed to providing students by unique hands-on learning opportunities and actively engaging in research and education grants funded by federal agencies that include the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Department of Labor.

As a federally designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) institution, UW-Whitewater delivers high-quality cybersecurity programs and supports student competitions, research, and outreach activities that prepare students for careers in the cyber workforce. Cybersecurity faculty and staff in the Department of Computer Science work closely with their colleagues in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management within the College of Business and Economics. UW-Whitewater's Cybersecurity Center for Business supports university-wide outreach, education, and collaboration efforts to help meet the cybersecurity needs of businesses, other organizations, and the public in our region.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see Annual Security and Fire Safety Report . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


This posting will remain open until filled. However, an initial review of applications will take place on January 3rd, 2024 . Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Lopa Mukherjee

Search Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Research Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Name and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • Student teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Two sample publications
This Job ID is 20281 .

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