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Associate Professor/Professor and Director of Cybersecurity (6761)

Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 19, 2024
Position Summary

The Founding Director will provide vision and leadership to the university to create a nationally recognized program in cybersecurity. The Director will report to the Chair of the Computer Science department and is responsible for establishing and leading academic programs and outreach efforts to support cybersecurity workforce development. The Director will play a principal role in recruiting the first cohort of faculty expected to be hired in Fall 2025 in this substantial and growing field.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead efforts to create cutting-edge certificate and degree programs, including online programs, that are compliant with and recognized as part of national frameworks.
  • Develop a robust vision and sustainable funding model for an agile cybersecurity workforce development program that includes strategies and plans to acquire external funds to support program development and outreach efforts.
  • Identify opportunities for private- and public-sector partnerships that seek to develop cybersecurity solutions, particularly as those opportunities apply to employment for students as interns and career opportunities upon their graduation.
  • Represent the department’s cybersecurity programs by liaising and collaborating within the university and with external private- and public-sector cybersecurity groups.
  • Promote the cybersecurity programs and recruit students.
  • Recruit personnel in support of the cybersecurity programs.
  • Monitor, maintain, and report on the quality and viability of the cybersecurity programs.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development of new courses related to cybersecurity.
  • Teach cybersecurity courses each academic year.
Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Earned a doctorate in cybersecurity, computer science, or closely related field.
  • Tenurable at the rank of associate or full professor.
  • Five years of experience in cybersecurity in government, industry, or academia.
  • Experience in developing cybersecurity courses or programs.
  • A proven track record of acquiring external funding.
Additional Requirements
  • Superior communication skills and strong interpersonal skills to work effectively in a collegial, multicultural environment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Well-established cybersecurity connections in industry or government.
  • Success as leader of a department, college, or university-level initiative.
  • At least three years of administrative experience in some capacity.
  • Experience with NCAE -C CD designation and the CyberCorps SFS and/or Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship programs.
  • National recognition as a scholar in cybersecurity.
  • Experience with technology transfer and intellectual property protection, including open-source licenses and new venture creation.
  • Experience working in settings with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. A commitment to improving their access to higher education and achievement.
Physical Demands Summary


Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

August 16, 2024

Anticipated Appointment End Date

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Standard Hours Per Week



Commensurate with experience and qualifications; NIU offers a robust benefits package .

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

See above

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Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Prospective applicants should visit to apply and submit the following materials:
  • Curriculum vitae (no page limit)
    • Should include links to professional website(s) and profiles on platforms such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate, DBLP, or similar.
  • Cover letter (2 page limit)
    • Should describe the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant’s experience and expertise links to the position. Should also describe the applicant’s vision for a cybersecurity center, teaching philosophy and practices, and past, present, and potential experiences that will inform their efforts to advance equity for diverse communities, including populations that are historically underrepresented or marginalized in the field, to provide a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students.
  • Contributions to diversity statement (2 page limit)
    • Should describe how their past, present or potential teaching, research, and life experiences will inform their efforts to advance equity for diverse communities, including populations that are historically underrepresented or marginalized in the field, to provide a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students
  • Name and contact information of at least four references. References will not be contacted without the applicant’s foreknowledge.
There is no priority consideration date for this search, which means applications will continue to be accepted until an offer is extended.

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Diversity Statement
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