Non-Tenure Track Faculty Position in Computer Science Fall 2018, School of Science and Mathematics

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Position: The Department of Computer Science at Truman State University is seeking applicants for a nontenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Instructor in computer science to start August 2018. This is a full-time position on a nine-month contract. There are also summer teaching and research opportunities. The position will have the possibility of renewal, pending availability of funding, departmental need, and acceptable annual review. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who aspire to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission.

A successful candidate will primarily provide classroom instruction in computer science courses for majors and non-majors, with opportunities for scholarly and service activities. There are also opportunities for teaching interdisciplinary courses in support of Truman’s liberal arts mission, and for teaching data science courses in the data science track of the statistics major.

The position requires a Ph.D. for the rank of Assistant Professor, or M.S. with significant additional coursework or industry experience for the rank of Instructor, in computer science or a closely related field such as computer engineering or software engineering, completed by the start date.

Applicants will be evaluated on: academic qualifications; teaching experience and background; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; demonstrated success in student-centered teaching of introductory-level computer science courses; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; and compatibility with the department’s needs.

Program: The Department of Computer Science, a unit of the School of Science and Mathematics, has nine full-time faculty members and approximately 280 undergraduate majors. The department offers the BS in computer science. Minors in computer science and information systems are offered by the department, while interdisciplinary minors in mathematical biology and cognitive science are actively supported by the department’s faculty and course offerings. The department sponsors two active student organizations, a student chapter of the ACM and Tru Women in Computer Science (TWiCS).

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college. The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forrest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and can be completed at Completed applications must include a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy which addresses the liberal arts, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, one recent letter of reference, and the names and contact information of three references. The letter of reference can be emailed to with a subject heading of “Computer Science”.

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. If hired, the applicant must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States and official graduate transcripts or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions should be directed to the chair of the computer science department Dr. Jon Beck by email at

Truman State University is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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