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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Apply now Job no: 520502
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Computer Science

Classification:  Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date:  January 3, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled
Appointment Date:  Fall 2023 

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

The Computer Science (CS) program in the School of Computing and Design at California State University Monterey Bay is seeking applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Candidates with expertise in all areas of computer science will be considered, although applications are especially encouraged in the areas of Computer Networking and Security, Software Engineering, and Computer Systems. In addition, candidates with significant interest in improving computer science higher education outcomes, particularly as it relates to broadening participation in computer science, will be given preference.

We are seeking candidates who are passionate about addressing the challenges and exploring the opportunities facing higher education to join our team that is working on attracting underrepresented, low-income, first-generation students and women into the computing field and supporting them through post-graduation success. Along with their commitment to teaching in the CS program, including courses related to their area of expertise, an ideal candidate will be interested in all aspects of an end-to-end CS pathway to support a diverse student body. This begins with students’ initial interest in CS and moves through college readiness; teaching high quality CS courses; co-curricular academic, professional, and personal growth support; internships; and finishing with graduation and careers. The selected faculty will join a cross-disciplinary team, building strength via strong regional collaborations with partner organizations from education, industry, and government.

CS Program

The CS program at CSUMB, in collaboration with our partners, is re-examining approaches to computer science higher education, especially as it relates to broadening participation in the field and decreasing cost and time to degree. In the past 10 years, we have received over $20 million in external funding to develop initiatives and projects that aim to meet these ends. One of our most significant efforts to date is a cohort-based education model launched in 2013 that graduates students in 4 years or less, and primarily serves students who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds, are first-generation college students, and are of ethnicity or gender traditionally underrepresented in CS.

This effort has been recognized as one of the top-5 innovative ideas in higher education by CA state with a $5M award. Recognizing the importance of the tech industry to California’s economy and the importance of providing opportunities similar to the ones built at CSUMB’s CS program to students across the state, the CA Governor’s office has allotted $10M funding to launch a statewide Computing Talent Initiative.  Our success in producing well-prepared candidates for entry-level positions combined with the atypically diverse nature of our CS graduates has also resulted in significant interest and support from many Silicon Valley companies.

An ideal candidate will be interested in becoming part of a team in these efforts to help drive continuous improvement of the entire program, while also developing new initiatives that align with the overall program goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teach and develop curriculum and support material for foundational CS courses and courses in one of the specializations: Computer Network and Security, Software Engineering, and Computer Systems
  • As part of the program team, play an instrumental role in the design, development, and delivery of programs, projects, initiatives, and efforts that support broadening participation in computing
  • Develop close collaborative relationships and execute projects with faculty and educators in institutions in the CS pipeline, including feeder community colleges, high/middle schools, educational offices in the Monterey region, and industry partners
  • Collaborate in the design, development, and delivery of other computer science courses
  • Develop and/or implement research and development projects (grant-funded where feasible) that contribute to the dynamic learning environment and provide our large, diverse group of students with opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Additional responsibilities include guiding student capstone learning experiences, exploring innovative pedagogical approaches, and participating in the development of grants

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Earned Doctoral degree or ABD in computer science or closely related field (doctorate must be completed prior to the date of hire)
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, inclusive excellence, and improving key outcomes of higher education including learning outcomes, time to graduation, units to graduation, and post-graduation success of CS graduates
  • Ability to teach foundational CS courses, including Computer Network, Security, Software Engineering, or Computer Systems

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong knowledge in computer science higher education, with a particular interest in developing solutions to address these challenges for women, low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation student populations
  • Experience in developing scholarly activities outside the classroom to create an excellent learning environment for CS students
  • Ability to work with the existing faculty/staff team to contribute to the overall quality of the program
  • Experience in acquiring grants, contracts and sponsorships
  • A record of successfully teaching, advising, recruiting, empowering, and nurturing the educational goals of a diverse student population

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and Californias Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

BENEFITS:

CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary.  Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Schoonover Employee Housing.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at csumb.edu/jobs. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at: https://csumb.edu/clery

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.   We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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