Department Head and Professor- Computer Science
School of Arts & Sciences
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI
JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks outstanding candidates
for the position of Department Head of Computer Science, to start
in the Fall of 2022.
The Department Head of Computer Science is expected to provide
long-term visionary leadership; nurture and enhance existing
departmental strengths in research; maintain the highest level of
quality in undergraduate and graduate programs; attract, mentor,
and retain top faculty and staff; formulate and execute a strategic
plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion; work collaboratively
with members of the department and other departments and offices
across WPI; develop external collaborations with other academic
institutions and industry; and elevate the department's national
and international recognition.
Candidates must have the following qualifications:
About the Department
- A Ph.D. in Computer Science or closely related area.
- A proven record of excellence in teaching, research, and
service. Research expertise is expected to enhance current
- A proven record of academic administrative leadership, ideally
including evidence of leadership related to interdisciplinary
initiatives in computing.
- A proven record of commitment to and success in increasing
diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science.
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication
Founded in 1969, the Computer Science Department at WPI is a
collegial department consisting of 35 full-time faculty, 29 of whom
are tenured/tenure-track. The department's research areas include
artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, cybersecurity,
algorithms, databases, graph theory, software engineering, mobile
computing, computer graphics, programming languages, computer
networks, formal methods, visualization, human-centered computing,
and computer science education, among others. The CS faculty are
deeply involved in WPI interdisciplinary programs in data science,
robotics, interactive media and game development, bioinformatics
and computational biology, learning sciences and technology, and
neuroscience. The Computer Science Department has close to 900
undergraduate majors and 150 graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students.
Including the CS-related interdisciplinary programs, there are over
1300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students majoring in
computing-related degree programs at WPI.
Faculty research is supported by the NSF, NIH, DoE, and other
federal and private funding sources with recent annual new research
funding averaging $14 million. The CS Department is part of the
vibrant School of Arts & Sciences at WPI. In January 2022, some
of the CS-related interdisciplinary programs, their faculty,
students, and research labs will move to a brand-new,
100,000-square-foot, $80 million state-of-the-art academic and
research building that will foster and enhance interdisciplinary
collaboration across campus.
About the University
WPI is a selective private university with an innovative curriculum
centered on science, engineering, arts, business, and global
studies. Ranked highly by US News & World Report among national
comprehensive universities, WPI has roughly 5000 undergraduates and
1500 graduate students. WPI is an internationally recognized leader
in project-based learning and global education. Most undergraduate
students at WPI participate in a global project experience
completing academic projects at WPI's 50+ project centers across
six continents. We are most proud of our No. 1 ranking for "faculty
who best combine research and teaching." (Wall Street Journal/Times
Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university's
campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century
college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and
technological innovation. The University of Massachusetts Medical
School, a large number of technology companies and many colleges
and universities are located in the immediate area making it ideal
for two-career families.
How to Apply
Applications should be made via WPI Careers
- A cover letter.
- A Curriculum Vitae.
- A statement describing leadership, teaching, research and
service experience and accomplishments.
- A statement describing the candidate's vision and goals as CS
Department Head, including the candidate's approach to diversity,
equity, and inclusion in computer science specifically and in
higher education more broadly.
- The names and full contact information of at least five
Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with
applications received by December 1st, 2021 being given full
consideration; applications received after that date may be
considered until the position is filled. Questions about the
position or the hiring process should be sent to CS-DHfirstname.lastname@example.org
United States of America (Exempt)
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking
individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will
contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion,
problem solving and change making.
To apply, visit: https://wpi.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WPI_External_Career_Site/job/Worcester/Department-Head-and-Professor--Computer-Science_R0001588
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary
students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research
facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits,
including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition
assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much
Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone
feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty
and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live,
and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make
meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and
institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and
welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse
lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel
the institution to the next level in a competitive, global