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Inaugural Academic Director, School of Computer Science and Data Analytics

Employer
University of New England
Location
Maine, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

Job Details

Position Details

Position Information

Position Type
Faculty

Faculty Track
Tenure-Track

Position Title
Inaugural Academic Director, School of Computer Science and Data Analytics

Employment Status
Full Time

Months
9

Campus
Biddeford, ME

Description

The University of New England ( UNE ) invites applications for the position of Academic Director to lead a new School of Computer Science and Data Analytics, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead the development of the new School, including its two newest degree programs: Computer Science and Statistics. In addition to growing the current applied mathematics and data science majors, the vision for the School of Computer Science and Data Analytics includes expanding its array of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and developing a robust research agenda. The Academic Director is a tenure-track position eligible for hire at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with a start date no later than August 2024.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY . UNE is a private, non-profit, comprehensive university, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, Maine and Tangier, Morocco. With roots dating to 1831, the University has evolved to become the largest private university in Maine and one of the fastest growing private universities in the Northeast. UNE has established itself as a leading comprehensive university with particular strengths in the health sciences and marine sciences and a wide range of academic programs offered both onsite and online to just over 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UNE is guided by the core values of student-centeredness, diversity, inclusion, relentless inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, learning everywhere, progressive change, and stewardship of our planet.

UNE’s more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and online degree programs are offered through six colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Professional Studies, and recently-established College of Business. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical school and only physician assistant program and to northern New England’s only dental school. UNE’s robust research agenda garners more NIH funding in biomedical research than any other college or university in Maine. UNE is located on two beautiful campuses in Maine – the coastal Biddeford Campus and suburban Portland Campus for the Health Sciences – and also has a unique study-abroad campus in Tangier, Morocco. UNE is regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education.

During a tumultuous time for higher education, UNE has bucked the trends, emerging from a global pandemic with robust enrolment numbers, a bold plan to move its medical college from Biddeford to Portland, and a host of new academic programs and student support initiatives designed to meet the workplace needs of an ever-changing economy. While many other institutions were content to merely keep their doors open during the pandemic, UNE’s dedicated faculty and professional staff were determined to seize every opportunity during a time of much change and realignment for the industry. And guided by the recently refreshed Our World, Our Future strategic plan , UNE has done just that. As a result, the University’s credit rating has recently been upgraded to A2 from Moody’s Investor Services and A+ (with positive outlook) from Fitch Ratings .

UNE emphasizes inclusion, diversity, and meeting the needs of first-generation students while consciously immersing students in an environment that prioritizes viewpoint diversity. Indeed, one of UNE’s distinguishing characteristics is its commitment to fostering a robust marketplace of ideas so that students may develop the respect for opposing viewpoints and intellectual curiosity needed to be productive participants in our increasingly polarized society. The University invites to campus guest speakers whose ideas span various ideological spectra and, through an array of interrelated programs, exposes students to multiple views on important topics, both inside and outside the classroom.

Perennially included on “best colleges lists” by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes, and others, UNE prides itself on its excellent student outcomes. It has recently been ranked first in Maine for value added by Brookings and first in Maine for job placement by Zippia. Meanwhile, UNE students enjoy an exceptionally low student-loan-default-rate of just 0.6% compared to 2.3% nationally. UNE’s clinical programs also boast exceptional board pass rates, while the aspiring doctors in UNE’s College of Osteopathic Medicine earn a residency choice match rate that is among the ten best in the country. For more information about these and other accolades, visit www.une.edu/about/glance .


The College of Arts and Sciences ( CAS ) is located on UNE’s waterfront Biddeford campus. One of UNE’s six colleges, CAS has a primary focus on undergraduate education, but with plans to expand graduate offerings. CAS offers students a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service.

UNE is a great place to work. We boast both a tight-knit community and access to a wide array of degree programs, research opportunities and cultural events. UNE offers a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The package includes varied health and dental plans; a retirement plan that includes up to an 8% match; extensive paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; and educational benefits for both employees and dependent children. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site – https://www.une.edu/hr/benefits – for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter that includes a description of relevant experience, leadership style, teaching philosophy and interests, and research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
For more information, please contact Jonathan Millen, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, jmillen@une.edu or 207-602-2371.

Responsibilities

The University seeks an experienced, innovative, and energetic candidate to serve as the inaugural leader of a new School of Computer Science and Data Analytics, including leading the development of new programs in Computer Science and Statistics. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise and mentor all faculty housed within the school, and to lead efforts in recruiting, academic advising, program development and assessment. They will be expected to teach courses aligned with their expertise and are expected to have a strong history of scholarly activity in computer science.

The Academic Director is a 12-month administrative appointment with a 9-month faculty appointment.

Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field is required, along with a minimum of 6 years of experience in higher education or the equivalent. Applications from candidates undertaking interdisciplinary research in computer science subfields with broad potential for collaborative impact across the school, college, and University are especially welcomed. Curriculum development experience in computer science or a closely related field is expected. The successful applicant will demonstrate capacity for excellence in teaching and a record of scholarly productivity with promise for continued research success.

EEO Statement Summary

Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, the University of New England is committed to the fundamental concept of equal opportunity for all of the members of the University community. The University prohibits, and will not tolerate, discrimination in employment, the provision of academic services or in any other area of University life based on race, color, sex, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV status, or status as a veteran. Prohibited bias factors should not motivate decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, volunteers or participants in and/or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.

COVID Vaccination Statement (PLEASE NOTE)

Employees in clinical settings must meet the State of Maine’s immunization requirements for clinical activity.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
2022F0098P

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled
Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Scholarly Interests
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document (Please see Posting Details for more information)


Company

UNE is a private, non-profit, comprehensive R2 university, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, Maine and Tangier, Morocco. The College of Arts and Sciences is located on UNE’s waterfront Biddeford campus, with nearby city-based amenities in Portland (a 30-minute drive) and Boston (a 2-hour drive). UNE’s location in southern Maine also affords easy access to forests, mountains, freshwater lakes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. CAS, one of UNE’s six colleges, has a primary focus on undergraduate education.

UNE offers students a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service. UNE’s excellence could not happen without a dedicated and talented faculty and professional staff. Our core values include but are not limited to Student Centeredness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Relentless Inquiry. Visit https://www.une.edu/about/mission-vision-and-values to learn about our mission, vision, and core values.

UNE is a great place to work. We boast both a tight-knit community and access to a wide array of degree programs, research opportunities and cultural events. We have three distinct campuses that combine to offer students a range of learning experiences. Our two Maine campuses house our nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, while our campus in Tangier, Morocco is home to an innovative semester abroad program. UNE is perennially included on “best colleges lists” by U.S. News & World ReportThe Princeton ReviewForbes, and others. Portland is one of the nation’s most livable small cities with an incredible natural environment, friendly people, a wealth of arts and cultural institutions, and major medical facilities. Outside magazine named it as one of the “Greatest Places to Live in America”, and Bon Appetit selected Portland as the 2018 “Restaurant City of the Year”.

UNE also offers a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The package includes health and dental plans; a retirement plan that includes up to an 8% match; extensive paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; and educational benefits for both employees and dependent children. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site – https://www.une.edu/hr/benefits – for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.

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