Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science Fall 2019, School of Science and Mathematics

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Position: The Department of Computer Science at Truman State University is seeking applicants for one tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in computer science to start August 2019. This position is for full-time appointment on a nine-month contract. There are also summer teaching opportunities. 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.

The successful candidate will provide classroom instruction in undergraduate computer science courses for majors and non-majors, engage in scholarly activity, and perform other duties including advising, mentoring in research or software development projects, development of new courses, and service to the university or community. There are also opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the university.

The position requires a PhD in computer science or a closely related field such as computer engineering or software engineering, completed by the August start date, for the rank of assistant professor.

Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; teaching philosophy, experience, and background; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; demonstrated success in student-centered teaching of undergraduate 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 six full-time faculty members and close to 300 undergraduate majors. The department offers the BS degree 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 acknowledgments, visit http://www.truman.edu/about

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 Trail Half-Marathon, 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 Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, Saint Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to Saint Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at http://kirksvillechamber.com.

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu/. Completed applications must include a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy which addresses the liberal arts, a statement of research interests and goals, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three recent letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is 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. Alan Garvey by email at agarvey@truman.edu.

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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