Computer Science Department Chair

  • Professional
  • Richmond, VA
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Expires on: December 11, 2023

Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering
Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science of the College of Engineering (CoE) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for a Department Chair starting Fall 2024.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

VCU’s College of Engineering was established in 1996 as a public-private partnership to address the need for engineering innovation in a 21st-century economy. Under a new Dean of Engineering, the college is undergoing exceptional transformations, expanding its interdisciplinary research and educational offerings and aiming for excellence in impactful thematic areas of global significance. VCU Engineering’s research collaborations with industry, community, and academic partners regularly yield breakthroughs in pharmaceutical engineering; smart cities, sustainability, and clean energy; materials development; health care, regenerative medicine, rehabilitation, and medical device development; data science and better security for cyber and cyber-physical systems.

As part of a premier research university in Virginia’s capital city, VCU’s computer science department has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs and collaborates closely with many VCU schools and departments, including VCU’s MCV (medical) campus. The Department of Computer Science is headquartered in VCU’s state-of-the-art Engineering Research Building, which opened in early 2021. This facility has advanced laboratory space for computer science research.  Faculty research specialties include cybersecurity, data science, digital forensics, bioinformatics, cryptography, natural language processing, machine learning, mobile and edge computing, quantum machine learning, robotics, software engineering, and wireless networks. Our five graduate programs, including a doctoral program in computer science, attract top students from across the U.S. and globally. Additional information about the department’s programs and faculty may be found at

Position Responsibilities:  Actively work with faculty in the Department and across the University to identify and pursue research, education, and service innovations.  Demonstrate leadership in recruiting and retaining high-caliber, diverse faculty.  Evaluate faculty and staff performance, and make recommendations for tenure, promotion, reappointment, salary adjustment, and leaves of absence.  Facilitate and encourage grants and contracts from extramural sources.  Encourage improvement of faculty performance by fostering good teaching and stimulating research, scholarly writing, and creative activity.  Lead faculty in essential processes that shape the curriculum and have an impact on the learning of students.  Effectively articulate department and college vision to internal and external constituencies.  Will further develop collaboration with other departments within the college, industry, and the VCU Medical Campus.  The Department is committed to developing and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation supporting its key research and educational mission.

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