Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

  • Professional
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • Expires on: November 30, 2020

Santa Clara University
Computer Science and Engineering


The Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Santa Clara University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. To complement the expertise of current faculty, address areas of strong interest to students, and enhance collaboration opportunities with local industries, the department is particularly interested in candidates with specializations in software engineering, programming languages, HCI, visualization (AR/VR), and database systems. However, Silicon Valley is an area of broad and ever-changing technical interests and needs, and strong candidates will be seriously considered regardless of area of specialization.

Santa Clara University (https://www.scu.edu) is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, offering rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus graduate degrees (master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees) in six disciplines. Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. Distinguished by the highest retention rate and has been ranked first among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is now elevated to a new category in national rankings, “Doctoral/Professional Universities.” Santa Clara University’s ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #54.

The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world. The School of Engineering is committed to improving the human condition through engineering education, practice, and scholarship, promoting the University’s mission to “fashion a more humane, just and sustainable world.”

SCU maintains small class sizes and promotes close faculty/student interaction. The University enrollment is approximately 5,500 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students. The Department (http://www.scu.edu/engineering/cse/) offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with 22 full-time faculty, and a strong pool of approximately 25 part-time adjunct faculty who instruct about 400 undergraduate majors, and about 450 part-time and full- time graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) majors. The School of Engineering maintains strong ties to local industry.

SCU and the computer science and engineering profession are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service have prepared them to help fulfill our commitment to these. All SCU faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The ideal candidate will express enthusiasm for teaching classes from undergraduate through graduate courses in areas of specialization, and lower-division courses of a fundamental nature, fulfilling all responsibilities related to those courses, and for engaging students from diverse backgrounds in learning. The successful candidate will be expected to develop her/his own scholarly research, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Developing an active research program appropriate to Santa Clara’s mission that leads to high-quality publications, grant applications, and engages students as participants is an expectation of the position.

We welcome candidates who are ready to contribute to our mission to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion and to cultivate knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. We especially encourage applicants whose goals and professional or life experiences enrich the department and school community and who can serve as a role model to a diverse student population.


Based on experience, education, and expertise.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a doctorate in computer science, computer engineering, or in a closely related field; have demonstrated a strong potential for high-quality research in computing; and have a strong commitment and ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The full-time teaching load is nominally seven quarter-level courses per academic year (each quarter is 10 weeks excluding the final exams week), but a one-course release is given to faculty actively involved in research and course credit is also given for project, thesis, and laboratory supervision. The first-year tenure-track assistant professor is granted an additional one-course release. Limited course buyout may be approved using external grant funds.


Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of specialization, and courses of a fundamental/core nature, and fulfilling all responsibilities related to those courses.

The standard academic year course load for tenured and tenure-track positions is seven quarter-level course equivalents, generally with a one-course equivalent reduction for scholarly or creative work. The first-year tenure-track assistant professor is granted an additional one-course release.

Course equivalents include lectures and supervision of labs, theses, dissertations, and projects, distributed across three-quarters of 10 weeks each.

Developing a research program that leads to high-quality publications, competitive for funding by external sources, and engages students as participants in that research.

Appropriate service to the department, school, university, and profession.

Start Date:  09/01/2021

Work Authorization:

A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should upload a letter of application, a detailed CV, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

All letters of application MUST include statements of research interests, statements of teaching interests, and statements of equity, diversity, and inclusion. An equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement describes past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in engineering or other areas.

All materials should be submitted online at https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu/scu/job/Santa-Clara-CA/Tenure-Track-Assistant-Professor-of-Computer-Science-and-Engineering_R879.

Complete application packets received by November 15, 2020, will receive full consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled.

EEO Statement:

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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Required Documents:

1. Letter of Interest, with statements of research interests, statements of teaching interests, and statements of equity, diversity, and inclusion

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. First Professional Reference Contact Information

4. Second Professional Reference Contact Information

5. Third Professional Reference Contact Information


Accept References? Yes

Minimum Number of References? 3

Maximum Number of References? 3