Assistant or Associate Professor Computer Systems, Cyber Security, Data Science, Theory and Algorithms
About the University
Western Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1893 and enrolls approximately 16,000 students. It is recognized by US News & World Report as the top public masters-granting institution in the Pacific Northwest, and the number 2 public masters-granting institution in the entire West. The Chronicle of Higher Education previously ranked WWU as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, citing teaching environment, and tenure clarity and process, as noteworthy.
Western Washington University is located in scenic Bellingham, a city of about 100,000 residents nestled between the mountains of the North Cascades and the waters of Puget Sound. Recreational opportunities abound nearby including biking, skiing, hiking, sailing, and mountaineering. Bellingham is 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle, each with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and home to many leading technology companies.
Western Washington University is committed to making continuous progress to advance accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) so that all community members feel safe, supported, and included. To learn more about Western’s ADEI initiatives, please visit https://www.wwu.edu/diversity.
About the Department
The College of Science & Engineering and the Computer Science Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
The Computer Science Department has 18 tenured or tenure-track faculty, and serves approximately 500 majors or pre-majors. The department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in computer science, an M.S. degree, a Data Science B.S. degree, a Cybersecurity B.S., a CS Education B.A. degree, as well as multiple certificate programs. The department has a strong history of research collaboration with other disciplines across campus such as Linguistics, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, as well as collaborations with regional tech partners, including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL). Faculty-mentored projects are a hallmark of CS at WWU, which the department and college foster by funding student and faculty travel to conferences to present student and faculty co-authored publications.
The Computer Science Department is committed to cultivating equitable and diverse learning and work environments to fulfill Western’s strategic goals of Advancing Inclusive Success, Increasing Washington Impact, and Enhancing Academic Excellence. The department’s on-going efforts are evidenced by faculty involvement in workshops on inclusive pedagogy and educational research on student success.
Work Life Balance: The department is committed to a balanced approach for faculty where research is encouraged and supported. High-quality engaged instruction is highly valued. Faculty have reasonable yearly teaching loads, that enables them to pursue their scholarship interests via mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Department Growth: As part of the university’s commitment to cultivate expansion in critical disciplines, Kaiser Borsari Hall is being built to increase capacity in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The 20,000 square foot facility will house state-of-the-art teaching classrooms, new faculty offices, a showcase robotics lab, as well as student project spaces. The new building will add to the existing footprint of CS at Western, and is slated to open in 2024.
The Computer Science Department at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for two tenure-track positions beginning September 16, 2023 at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. All areas of specialization will be considered, but the department is particularly seeking candidates with research expertise and teaching interests in the following four areas:
Computer Systems: Computer Systems are a core of WWU’s offerings in computer science at the bachelor’s and graduate levels. Through the systems courses, students learn about the low-level workings of computing machines, which gives them a deep understanding of foundational CS principles. Topics taught across the multiple systems courses include foundational architecture principles, concurrency, and operating systems. Embedded systems and robotics are two electives that are offered at WWU.
Cybersecurity: WWU is recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) by the NSA and DHS. WWU offers a BS in Cybersecurity, and is developing a BA in Cybersecurity and expanding graduate level offerings. WWU operates Cyber Range Poulsbo, the Washington State educational cyber range, and is the academic lead of PISCES, a national program through which students are cyber analysts protecting small governmental networks. WWU cooperates with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Cyber and Information Security Agency (CISA), and the Naval Underwater Warfare Center (NUWC).
Data Science: Many of our faculty conduct research that involves the collection, processing, analysis, visualization and modeling of data, in areas such as machine learning, computer vision, computational neuroscience, information retrieval, bioinformatics, and natural and spoken language processing. Our department has established strong ties around data science to other departments on campus and to external organizations, such as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. WWU currently offers a BS in Data Science and is seeking to build on this foundation to expand in both graduate and undergraduate offerings.
Theory and Algorithms: As part of the ABET-accredited BS in CS and the graduate program, the department offers courses on data structures, formal languages, and algorithm analysis. Topics such as dynamic programming, greedy algorithms, algorithmic complexity, NP-completeness, finite automata, and Turing machines are part of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in algorithms and theory.
An earned PhD at time of application, or ABD at time of application, in Computer Science or a closely related field. If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment (e.g., for a September 2023 start date, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15, 2024).
Evidence of the ability or commitment to teach existing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Ability to develop a research program that involves undergraduate and/or graduate M.S. students.
Commitment to engage in curricular development at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Demonstrated commitment to the mission to support and promote ADEI among all members of the computer science department.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
For appointment at the Associate Professor level (without tenure), demonstrated significant research and evidence of successful teaching commensurate with standards for promotion to associate professor in the department, college and university.
Scholarly interest and expertise in Computer Systems, Cybersecurity, Data Science, or Theory and Algorithms.
Commitment to seek external funding.
Interest in mentoring senior capstone projects as part of the standard teaching load.
Cover letter, that addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, and your ability and commitment to fulfill the position’s responsibilities. Please explicitly discuss your qualifications to teach undergrad and graduate level CS classes, and mention which graduate level CS classes you have taken.
Statement on teaching experience and interests, and future plans for teaching core and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.
Statement on past and on-going research, including how the research would involve master’s students and advanced undergraduates.
Statement on accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and how your experiences (academic or non-academic) have prepared you to effectively teach an increasingly diverse student population, and how you would promote ADEI in and outside your classroom.
Names and contact information for three professional references. References of finalists will be contacted to upload their confidential recommendation letters directly into Western’s PageUp system.
Review of applications will begin November 21, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled.
Inquiries may be directed to the department and search committee chair, Dr. Filip Jagodzinski, at email@example.com.
Commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate is expected to be appointed as an assistant or associate professor (tenure-track). An appointment into assistant professor will have an anticipated starting salary of $92,000-$96,000. Candidates hired into the associate professor rank (without tenure) may have an expedited timeline to tenure. An appointment into associate professor will have an anticipated starting salary of $96,000-$106,000. Relocation assistance may be available per University guidelines. Salary and Start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position.
Bargaining unit: United Faculty of Western Washington University
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