Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science Fall 2022, 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 2022. 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.

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 about 150 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 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. 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, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. 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, 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 visitkirksville.com.

Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu/.  Application materials may also be submitted to hrstaff@truman.edu or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  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. As candidates are considered for the position, the hiring committee may choose to ask them to provide a short online teaching video to demonstrate their effective teaching and communication skills.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021 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. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

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 opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.

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