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Assistant Professor, Data Science

Willamette University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Data Science

Posting Number: R0003928
Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University invites applications for a tenure-track position in data science starting in Fall 2022. We particularly invite candidates at the rank of Assistant Professor; other ranks will be considered. Candidates will join the Computing and Data Science faculty and should have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, or Data Science prior to their start date. Candidates with a Ph.D. in the natural or social sciences with strong quantitative skills will also be considered. Academic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, statistics, econometrics, data engineering, data visualization, cyber security, natural language processing, machine learning, quantitative social science, and the digital humanities. Standard teaching load is 5 classes per year. All candidates are expected to show a commitment to teaching, research, and service.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

With programs in Portland and in Salem, Willamette University is fast becoming the leading provider of computing and data science education among private universities in the Pacific Northwest. Our graduate program in data science is the only one of its kind in the region, and our undergraduate programs in computer science and data science are some of the fastest growing degrees at the university.

With anticipated growth in faculty and strong support from the Board of Trustees, the computing and data science program is poised to become the University's fifth named school. Dedicating a new school to these disciplines demonstrates the university's commitment to producing graduates with the skills that are in the highest demand.

Founded in 1842, Willamette University is the oldest university in the Western United States. In addition to a highly ranked College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Law, Willamette University also includes the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, which enhances the university's connection to the vibrant technology sectors on the West Coast. Moreover, Willamette's recent merger with the Pacific Northwest College of Art offers unique opportunities to explore the intersection of code and creativity.

Willamette has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks through its programs to expand opportunities for students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Last year, U.S. News and World Report named Willamette the best university in the Pacific Northwest for economic diversity. In the surveys conducted by College Factual, Willamette ranks in the top 10 percent of universities in terms of overall diversity.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2021; the position will remain open until filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
  • A cover letter
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • Statements of research and teaching interests
  • A diversity statement

Additionally, submit three confidential letters of reference directly to

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Jameson Watts,

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

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