Computer Science Department Chair Vacancy

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Computer Science Department

 Professor & Department Chair

The Computer Science Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) invites applications from dynamic and visionary individuals for the position of Department Chair. The successful candidate will guide the department in directions that will further elevate its national and international stature as well as enhance the success of its students, faculty, and staff by achieving departmental and campus strategic visions. The successful candidate should demonstrate exceptional skills in recruiting and retaining a diverse group of faculty, promoting collaboration, demonstrating superior written and oral communication with all stakeholders on and off campus, creating the conditions necessary for faculty and student development and creativity, acquiring campus resources essential for department growth, mentoring junior faculty, and seeking external resources for program enhancement through fund-raising efforts.  A proactive and collegial individual is sought with emphasis on being a “servant leader” who creates excellence in, and balance between, the teaching, research and service missions.  A PhD in Computer Science, or a closely related area, with a demonstrated track record of scholarly accomplishments, effective teaching, and overall academic leadership is required. Candidates from national labs or industry with a strong research record coupled with academic and administrative experience are encouraged to apply as well. The Chair must have the qualifications and standing to be appointed as a tenured full professor in the department.

The Computer Science Department has a proud 50-year history of advancing the quality and breadth of its educational mission, and grants ABET-accredited BS, as well as MS and PhD degrees. An active recruitment strategy has resulted in the department now being one of the largest on campus, with over 700 students (607 BS, 70 MS, and 38 PhD).  Special emphasis on recruiting female and under-represented minority students has been highly successful: for instance, the number of female students has grown significantly over the last five years. A productive, experienced set of 19 TT/NTT faculty are engaged in the advancement of knowledge in key growth areas including computational intelligence & computer vision, mobile & distributed systems, cyber security, social-cyber-physical systems, pervasive computing, and big data & internet of things. Furthermore, the research focus on Smart Computing is at the core of S&T’s Smart Living Signature Area.  Research expenditures have more than doubled from 2012 to 2016, with a wide variety of federal and industrial sponsors. The department has searches for two new faculty members currently in progress. The department has 3,957 successful and engaged alumni, and is strongly supported by the Academy of Computer Science, a 39-member organization dedicated to developing key programs of the department with financial support, and active engagement and advocacy.   The department also has an active Industrial Advisory Board that provides feedback to ensure the curriculum remains relevant to industry and that our graduates have the capability to apply CS principles in innovative ways, and to provide financial support.  The department is particularly proud that over 1001 recruiters sought Computer Science graduates this academic year, including multiple national labs with whom we have long-established hiring pipelines as well as funded research collaborations.

Further details on required and desired attributes, skills and characteristics of the successful candidate, and the department's visions and strategic plan, activities, and research may be found here.

The Computer Science department, S&T, and the greater University of Missouri System are deeply committed to inclusion and valuing diversity.  S&T has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve campus life and the work life balance of its faculty and staff (see

Interested candidates should electronically submit an application consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership philosophy and research and teaching interests, and complete contact information for five references to the Missouri University of Science and Technology's Human Resources Office at:  Application review will begin on January 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  For more information prior to submitting an application, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Prof. Wayne Huebner, at:

Missouri S&T is one of the nation’s leading research universities.  Located about 100 miles west of St. Louis in the community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery.  Missouri S&T offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, liberal arts, humanities and business, with master’s and Ph.D. programs available in many of the science and engineering programs and master’s degrees in biological sciences, business administration and technical communication.  With nearly 9,000 students enrolled online and on campus, Missouri S&T is big enough to accommodate a diverse population but small enough for individuals to stand out.

All submitted application materials must have the position reference number 67756 in order to be processed. Acceptable electronic formats that can be used for email attachments include PDF and Word; hardcopy application materials will not be accepted.

Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or status as a protected veteran. Females, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The university participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS at: 1-888-464-4218.

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