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Faculty, Computer Science/Cybersecurity

Messiah University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 17, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics in the School of Science, Engineering and Health at Messiah University invites applications for a faculty position in Computer Science/Cybersecurity beginning August 1, 2022.

Responsibilities: The position includes teaching introductory to advanced undergraduate classes in cybersecurity, as well as foundational computer and informational courses. The department has particular need for support in teaching subject areas such as Ethical Hacking, Network Security, and Digital Forensics.

In addition to these traditional teaching responsibilities, candidates who qualify for the appointment of Term-Tenure Track faculty will be expected to pursue scholarship in the discipline of cybersecurity (see below). Scholarship is not a requirement by candidates who qualify for the appointment of Lecturer.

Finally, all successful candidates are expected to contribute to the health and well-being of the university through various forms of institutional service, including but not limited to efforts in recruitment, governance, and curriculum development.

Qualifications: Successful candidates for hire into a Term-Tenure Track position are expected to have a Ph.D. in Cybersecurity OR Computer and Information Science with substantial security-related experience. A Master’s degree with suitable experience would qualify candidates for a Lecturer appointment. Candidates must evidence the potential for strong classroom teaching and a commitment to pursuing their ongoing scholarship, where applicable.

The Program: Messiah University’s Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics currently offers a BS in Cybersecurity, BS in Computer and Information Science with concentrations in Computer Science, Software Development, Web Management, and Business Information Systems.  We also support a Mobile App and Game Design concentration for our inter-disciplinary Digital Media major. We currently have close to 90 majors in the department. The Cybersecurity program is in alignment with the NSA and DHS Cyber Defense curriculum. The CIS major includes a required internship and graduates have a high job placement rate.

The Department: The Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics comprises 4 full-time CIS, 6 full-time mathematics/statistics, and 3 full-time physics faculty. The department serves a wide range of majors in CIS, Cybersecurity, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, in addition to meeting course requirements in other fields of study. CIS faculty pursue professional interests in cybersecurity, web development, database applications, computer simulations, programming and programming languages, and ethics of technology. Our mission is mentoring students and preparing them professionally, personally and spiritually for impact and community, a growth mindset, and a strong foundation in the processes and applied practices of Cybersecurity/CIS. Core attributes we seek to instill in our students include a Christ-like character, competence in the discipline, preparation for lifelong learning, perseverance, and strong communication and relational skills.s

The University: Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of over 2,700 undergraduate students including 14.4% under-represented and 4.1% international students from 28 countries and over 600 graduate students including 16.4% of students from underrepresented populations.

The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

Diversity: Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity.

Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how–as a potential employee– they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their teaching-learning, research, institutional service, and public engagement.

Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications/Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah University, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society."

Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publications), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Vinny Sakore, Director of Cybersecurity Education at or

Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.


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