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Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 1, 2023

Job Details


The Department of Computer Science at Swarthmore College invites applications for multiple two-year Visiting Assistant Professor positions to begin fall semester 2024. Applicants must have or expect to have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field by the position's start date. All areas of computer science will be considered. The Department welcomes candidates who conduct interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences.

The Computer Science Department currently has eleven tenure-track faculty and five visiting faculty. Faculty teach introductory courses as well as advanced courses in their research areas. Visiting faculty teach the same course load as tenure-track faculty, are provided mentoring and professional development opportunities, and are eligible for funds to support research, conference travel, and student summer research.

Our department has grown significantly in both faculty and students in the last five years. Presently, we are one of the most popular majors at the College, with approximately 15-20% of the College’s students earning a CS degree each year. Our majors and minors are much more diverse than the national averages in CS, including approximately 35% female majors.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see:


Applicants must have completed or expect to complete a Ph.D. in Computer Science by fall 2024. Strong applicants from any area of computer science will be considered. Candidates in adjacent fields with a track record of scholarship and teaching computer science will also be considered.

The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Applicants should include:

A cover letter describing your interest in this position and highlighting your qualifications for it. Candidates should also discuss what experience and plans they have for creating a more inclusive environment for students.
  • A curriculum vitae.

  • A research statement describing any research interests and activity that could involve Swarthmore undergraduates.

  • A teaching statement that describes your teaching experience and philosophy, including which courses you can offer.

  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter specifically commenting on teaching.

Applications will not be considered until letters of recommendation have been submitted. Please address any questions you may have to Jana Daly, Computer Science Department at .

Applications received by January 15, 2024 will receive full consideration. Apply via Interfolio at . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Swarthmore College

Since its founding in 1864 by the Religious Society of Friends (aka Quakers), Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good.

With a curriculum unmatched among liberal arts colleges of its size, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses and undergraduate research opportunities—from the humanities and performing arts to the social and natural sciences and engineering.

Swarthmore’s idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. It is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.

The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff—including different viewpoints, identities, and histories—contributes to the community’s strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.

Thank you for your interest in Swarthmore College. Swarthmore welcomes people who are not just looking for a job, but seeking a meaningful opportunity to make a positive difference in the world. Our highly selective liberal arts college is situated on a scenic suburban Philadelphia campus. Our mission focuses on providing students with the knowledge, insight, and experience they need to become leaders and agents of change on behalf of the common good.

As an employer, Swarthmore is committed to providing full opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or disability. We welcome, and seek applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, including those with intercultural experience and demonstrated commitments to an inclusive workplace and world.

We recognize that attracting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff is critical to maintaining our academic standard of excellence. And so, in addition to competitive salaries, we offer a high quality, comprehensive employee benefits program.

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