Department Chair/Amazon Endowed Chair – Computer Science

Seattle University
Department of Computer Science

Department Chair/Amazon Endowed Chair – Computer Science

Seattle University seeks a highly collaborative tenure-eligible full professor to serve the Department of Computer Science as the Department Chair/Amazon Endowed Chair in the College of Science & Engineering to begin July 1, 2024. The Chair will shepherd the department through a time of continuing student interest and enrollment growth, ensuring that students have an enriching educational experience in the classroom, impactful engagements with local and regionally located global industries, and meaningful advising and research project relationships with faculty.

The Department Chair balances a broad range of administrative and leadership responsibilities. Overseeing the implementation of a strategic vision for CS, the Chair is also responsible for all aspects of faculty hiring and evaluation, curricular planning and scheduling, departmental operations and budgeting, support for teaching, research, and service activities, partnerships across the school, university, and regional industries, and attracting and retaining excellent students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Leading a faculty of twelve tenured and tenure track faculty, twelve teaching faculty, several adjunct faculty, and four full time staff, the Chair fosters strong community and collaboration within the department. The Department Chair will support the recruitment, development, and retention of talented faculty and students, oversee curricular planning, support faculty scholarship and teaching, envision the strategic role of computer science in the rapid evolution of computing, and advocate for, manage, and allocate resources to meet the demands of computing education today and the future. Other responsibilities include teaching and maintenance of an active program of scholarship.

The Computer Science Department: offers undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, a graduate certificate in Computer Science Fundamentals, and a master’s degree in computer science with specializations available in Data Science and Software Engineering. The department has strong relationships with many local companies, including leading technology companies.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse and driven population is made up of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within six schools and colleges. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.

Compensation at a Glance

Salary for the role is currently anticipated to range from $200,000-220,000, commensurate with experience, skills, and the qualifications required for this role. This range is inclusive of all salary, stipends, and endowment related compensation. In addition, Seattle University offers a generous employee health and benefits package. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

Seattle University has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, and not based on a candidate’s gender or any other protected status. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. Seattle University provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your total compensation package.

Benefits at a Glance

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuit values, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental, and vision insurance programs. Protect your income with life, short & long-term disability coverage. Plan for your future with up to a 10% employer contribution for retirement benefits, comprised of a 5% nonelective employer contribution and an additional dollar-for-dollar match of your voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 5%. You may also take advantage of 100% paid tuition benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with free access to an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Holiday break closure in December, and paid sick leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:

A full position description of this position, including the complete list of required and preferred competencies, as well as the unique and exciting opportunities for the next Chair, and details about the Computer Science Department, the College of Science and Engineering, and Seattle University is available on the DSG website:

Beth Schaefer and Laurie Casteen of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials online on our Talent Portal: All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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