Teaching – Track Faculty Position: Computing and Software

McMaster University
Computing and Software

Teaching-Track Faculty Position
McMaster University, Department of Computing and Software                          

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software; however, exceptional candidates may be considered at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The positions will be located on the main university campus to begin on July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.

The Department seeks to recruit an excellent teacher with interest and experience in experiential learning and innovative ways of teaching computing. Successful candidates will be expected to:

·       Teach introductory undergraduate courses in Computer Science and Software Engineering, as well as courses within the common first-year engineering program (Engineering 1).

·       Contribute towards the delivery of the Department’s undergraduate programs, e.g., by mentoring Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering students and introducing new teaching techniques.

·       Participate in the ongoing development of curricula for our Computer Science B.A.Sc. program, Software Engineering B.Eng. program, Mechatronics Engineering B.Eng. program, and Engineering 1 program.

·       Develop a pedagogy-related research program in computing.

Registration, or eligibility for registration, by the Professional Engineers of Ontario is required. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related discipline.  Alternatively, applicants will hold a doctorate in education, with a focus on computing. The applicant must also demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching, reflected in outstanding teaching records, and a willingness and ability to contribute to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as university-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities.  Applicants are expected to have demonstrated successful pedagogical research, or to show potential for successful pedagogical research.

The Department of Computing and Software is one of the top departments for Computer Science and Software Engineering in Canada. We have over 30 faculty members with expertise in computer systems, software engineering, theoretical computer science, security, privacy, machine learning, data analytics, scientific computing, and bioinformatics. The department mentors over 1400 undergraduate students in three programs: computer science, software engineering, and mechatronics engineering. It also mentors more than 120 graduate students in masters and doctoral programs in computer science and software engineering.

McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students.  With over 190 faculty members who mentor approximately 7,500 undergraduate and over 1,250 graduate students, about half of whom are doctoral students, we have earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and high impact research and innovation.  Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area have to offer academic professionals and their families by reviewing our Information Guide highlighting our research excellence, family-friendly resources and rich local culture.  Opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth are also made available through the Faculty of Engineering’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence.  In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process.  It takes approximately two minutes to complete.  All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer.  All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.  Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to hr.empequity@mcmaster.ca.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal: www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/ [Job Opening # 44653]:


Dr. Mark Lawford, Chair

Department of Computing and Software

1280 Main Street West

McMaster University,

Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4L7

·       a letter of application describing the impact that career interruptions have had on academic productivity, if applicable,

·       curriculum vitae

·       a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy, as well as evidence of teaching experience;

·       a brief statement describing the contributions you have made or plan to make to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service in academic, professional or community contexts (2-page maximum), and

·       the names of at least four referees that speak to academic and teaching performance. Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage. The Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Complete applications that are received by May 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2022, is preferred.  All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers, and visitors.  In accordance with the University’s Vaccination Policy-COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students, effective October 18, 2021, all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person are required to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status.

Further information is available at the following link: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/vaccination-mandate/. More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/resources/covid19/. Questions regarding the above requirements or any accommodation requests through the recruitment process can be directed to hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca.

Direct any inquiries about this position to chaircas@mcmaster.ca.