Professor and Chair, Computer Science
Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa seeks a tenured full professor and department chair for the Department of Computer Science. Nominations and applications for a visionary leader with demonstrated computer science and/or related experience are sought. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to continued excellence in discipline-leading education of undergraduate and graduate students, interdisciplinary and international research programs, and a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion.

The successful applicant for this position is expected to:
• Provide visionary leadership for the department to serve the needs of diverse faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, and citizens to fulfill the land-grant mission of the department, college, and university
• Serve both the department and dean’s office in accomplishing their missions, and be a collaborative member of the college’s leadership team across all missions and 21 departments
• Stimulate and facilitate excellence and impact in all aspects of teaching, research, outreach, and service, among others, by building highly functioning and cross-disciplinary teams within the department and with key partners internal and external to the university
• Promote diversity, equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff and across all aspects of the department’s mission
• Recruit and retain talented people in all department positions, in line with the strategic plans of the department, college, and university
• Recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive student body of undergraduate and graduate students who are prepared to enter the profession
• Foster an environment in which all faculty and staff work to realize the department’s purposes and are held accountable for their performance
• Assist faculty and staff to obtain resources through extramural funding by encouraging a culture of collaboration and innovation
• Encourage and foster interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments, centers, and institutes within and external to the university
• Communicate effectively the mission, vision and strengths of the department and college within Iowa State University and to external stakeholders and collaborators in the public and private sectors
• Nurture and maintain good alumni relations and build alumni support

Required Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. or academic equivalent in any of the areas of expertise in the department, or a closely aligned field
• Demonstrated leadership abilities
• Exemplary record of achievement or appreciation for all missions of the university
• Recognition for research and scholarship commensurate with a full professor
• Must meet the university, college, and department requirements for appointment as tenured full professor

Preferred Qualifications:
• A vision for growth and development of the department, including the department’s fit and role in interacting with other units at the university
• Evidence of commitment to fostering and promoting a climate and community of diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff
• Demonstrated experience and accomplishments in areas of team-building, diversity, budget management, and administration

Department/Program & College Description:
The department is located in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences which offers an outstanding learning and research community. Iowa State’s most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences within a supportive personalized learning environment. LAS has approximately 8,000 students among 21 departments, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and more than 20 additional cross-disciplinary programs. Our faculty members teach roughly 50 percent of all undergraduate student credit hours at Iowa State University, and the college offers nearly 50 baccalaureate degrees, in addition to Ph.D. and master’s degrees. Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Iowa State University is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples, offers family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE award for gender equity.

The Computer Science department currently consists of 31 full-time tenure-track faculty members, 9 of whom are NSF CAREER Award winners. We offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and are critical partners for a B.S. in Software Engineering and in Data Science. The combined enrollment is over 1400 undergraduates and almost 200 graduate students. We have strong research and educational programs in Algorithms and Complexity, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Data Mining, Data Science and Machine Learning, Information Security, Molecular Programming, Multimedia Systems, Operating Systems and Networks, Robotics, and Software Engineering. These research projects are supported by ~$4.5 million annual departmental expenditures from grant and contract awards.

A dynamic and collegial faculty, a strong graduate program, and a well-funded research program provide an excellent academic environment. In addition, cutting-edge research and education is facilitated by departmental participation with interdisciplinary programs in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Human-Computer Interaction, the Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics, the Center for Integrative Animal Genomics, the Cyber Innovation Institute, the Information Assurance Center, the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, the Virtual Reality Application Center, and the Dependable Data Driven Discovery Institute.

Department Unit/Website:
Proposed Start Date: July 1, 2020
Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time
Pay Grade: 00 (Faculty)

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

Additional Required Applicant Materials:
4) Statement of Research Interests
5) Statement of Teaching Interests and/or Philosophy
6) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
7) Email Contact Information for Three Referees to Provide Letters of Recommendation

Please attach documents 4-7 in the additional required documents section.
If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

For consideration, submit application before: February 4, 2020
Job Requisition Number: R1187

Please apply online at

We encourage diverse applicants to apply. Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

Additional Information
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Contact Information
Iowa State University
Ames, 50011