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Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies

Bates College
Maine, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Digital and Computational Studies (DCS) Program at Bates College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor to begin employment in August 2022. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching and/or supporting marginalized, first generation, and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications: Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field with an emphasis on computing, data science, and/or analytics (e.g., Digital Humanities, Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Social Science) by 01 August 2022. Candidates will be expected to teach DCS 109 Introduction to Computing and Programming (our introductory Computer Science course) and to offer additional courses within the broader DCS curriculum based on their area(s) of expertise.

Preferred qualifications: We especially encourage applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research; interested in mentoring undergraduate students; experience teaching programming to students having a range of prior experience (including none); and/or evidence of supporting a diversity of students in computer science, STEM, the digital humanities, or other areas. We are also interested in candidates who could contribute to our data science curriculum, including teaching DCS 105 Calling Bull: Data Literacy and Information Science and/or DCS 210 Programming for Data Analysis and Visualization.

About DCS at Bates: DCS is a new program that seeks to build bridges between core elements of computer science, data science, and digital studies, connecting to the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other existing interdisciplinary programs on campus. The DCS curriculum asks students to interrogate the practices, values, cultures and assumptions of the digital world, while engaging with computing for social good. This work is happening in conversation with a Bates-wide effort to interrogate how race, power, privilege, white supremacy, and colonialism relate to our curriculum (see Foundational Dialogues). For more information about Digital and Computational Studies at Bates, see our webpage. Bates DCS faculty are prepared to support candidates as they develop courses designed for an interdisciplinary program.

Bates College is situated in Lewiston, a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship. The teaching load is 5 courses per academic year, either as a 2-3 across two semesters, or as a 2-2-1 across two semesters and the Bates Short Term.

Resources at Bates: Bates provides opportunities for professional travel funding and structured mentoring programs for faculty. Additionally, Bates is home to the Digital Media Studios a facility providing equipment and expertise for a wide range of audio and visual media, as well as the Visualization Lab, which includes Extended Reality studios and 3D printing.

How To Apply: Review of applications begins 29 April 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit all requested materials that include the following:

  • A current V.
  • A cover letter stating your qualifications, both scholarly and pedagogical, for this position as well as your interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college such as Bates
  • A statement speaking to how your teaching, scholarship and/or service might contribute to equity, inclusion, and antiracism in the campus community.

After candidates have been selected for an initial video-conference, they will be asked to submit letters of reference. Those not selected at this time will be notified. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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