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Department Head and Professor- Computer Science
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Oct. 20, 2021
Title Department Head and Professor- Computer Science
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Computer/Information Sciences

Department Head and Professor- Computer Science


School of Arts & Sciences

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Department Head of Computer Science, to start in the Fall of 2022.


The Department Head of Computer Science is expected to provide long-term visionary leadership; nurture and enhance existing departmental strengths in research; maintain the highest level of quality in undergraduate and graduate programs; attract, mentor, and retain top faculty and staff; formulate and execute a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion; work collaboratively with members of the department and other departments and offices across WPI; develop external collaborations with other academic institutions and industry; and elevate the department's national and international recognition.

Candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science or closely related area.
  • A proven record of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Research expertise is expected to enhance current departmental strengths.
  • A proven record of academic administrative leadership, ideally including evidence of leadership related to interdisciplinary initiatives in computing.
  • A proven record of commitment to and success in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.

About the Department

Founded in 1969, the Computer Science Department at WPI is a collegial department consisting of 35 full-time faculty, 29 of whom are tenured/tenure-track. The department's research areas include artificial intelligence, machine/deep learning, cybersecurity, algorithms, databases, graph theory, software engineering, mobile computing, computer graphics, programming languages, computer networks, formal methods, visualization, human-centered computing, and computer science education, among others. The CS faculty are deeply involved in WPI interdisciplinary programs in data science, robotics, interactive media and game development, bioinformatics and computational biology, learning sciences and technology, and neuroscience. The Computer Science Department has close to 900 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students. Including the CS-related interdisciplinary programs, there are over 1300 undergraduate and 500 graduate students majoring in computing-related degree programs at WPI.

Faculty research is supported by the NSF, NIH, DoE, and other federal and private funding sources with recent annual new research funding averaging $14 million. The CS Department is part of the vibrant School of Arts & Sciences at WPI. In January 2022, some of the CS-related interdisciplinary programs, their faculty, students, and research labs will move to a brand-new, 100,000-square-foot, $80 million state-of-the-art academic and research building that will foster and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration across campus.

About the University

WPI is a selective private university with an innovative curriculum centered on science, engineering, arts, business, and global studies. Ranked highly by US News & World Report among national comprehensive universities, WPI has roughly 5000 undergraduates and 1500 graduate students. WPI is an internationally recognized leader in project-based learning and global education. Most undergraduate students at WPI participate in a global project experience completing academic projects at WPI's 50+ project centers across six continents. We are most proud of our No. 1 ranking for "faculty who best combine research and teaching." (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university's campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation. The University of Massachusetts Medical School, a large number of technology companies and many colleges and universities are located in the immediate area making it ideal for two-career families.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via WPI Careers and consist of:
  • A cover letter.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A statement describing leadership, teaching, research and service experience and accomplishments.
  • A statement describing the candidate's vision and goals as CS Department Head, including the candidate's approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science specifically and in higher education more broadly.
  • The names and full contact information of at least five professional references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with applications received by December 1st, 2021 being given full consideration; applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Questions about the position or the hiring process should be sent to

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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