Professor & Department Chair of Computer Science

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
08 Jul 2017
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21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Computer Science Department at Colorado State University is a dynamic and rapidly growing department with a strong focus on research, teaching, and service. The department has 22 tenure-track faculty with research programs in artificial intelligence, big data, bioinformatics, computer vision, networks, parallel and distributed computing, algorithms, security, and software engineering. Our faculty has over $15 million in active research projects supported by federal agencies including NSF, DHS, DARPA, AFOSR, DOE, and NIH. The department has over 750 undergraduate majors and 190 graduate students in masters and doctoral programs.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a Carnegie Research I institution located in Fort Collins, 60 miles north of Denver, in a beautiful location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Enhanced by relationships with CSU, Fort Collins is a magnet for highly innovative new industries and is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy technologies, software/hardware sectors, telecommunications, aerospace and biotechnology. Northern Colorado’s strengths are recognized at the national level, for example, Fort Collins was included in the recent “Places of Invention” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Fort Collins also consistently ranks high in quality of life polls, and the Rocky Mountains provide world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. You will find award-winning schools, a thriving arts scene, a wide range of shops and restaurants, hundreds of miles of walking and biking paths, and a plethora of outdoor activities.

The Chair serves as chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. The Chair is expected to provide dynamic leadership conducive to excellence in research, instruction, and outreach, leading and implementing the vision and direction to advance the mission of the department. With the aid of appropriate departmental committees, the Chair institutes recommendations for appointments, promotion, contract renewal, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals; hires and provides career development to teaching faculty and staff; manages the departmental budget and the distance education program; and is the liaison between the department and the university administration. The Chair is expected to be an individual of demonstrated scholarship, actively engaged in research, who effectively represents the department to the University and the computer science community at large. In addition, the Chair will take on limited teaching assignments.

Required Job Qualifications

The department Chair should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in computer science, or related program, and be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor at Colorado State University at the time of appointment. The Chair should have a proven record of excellence in computer science research and teaching, leadership potential, commitments to diversity and inclusion, and an appreciation of the role of computer science in a modern university. It is essential that the Chair have the ability to communicate effectively with members of the department, administrative officials, students, and other members of the university community.

Preferred Job Qualifications Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please submit by 08/21/2017, 11:59 pm (MT), a cover letter addressing the required qualifications, curriculum vitae, and contact information including email for 3 professional references.

Reference letters will be requested at the semifinalist interview stage.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.