Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science

Whitman College
Department of Computer Science

Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Whitman College seeks applicants for a tenure-track position beginning August 2024, area open, at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field by the start of the position. In addition to traditional areas of computer science, we welcome candidates working in interdisciplinary, emerging, and socially-engaged areas of computing research. We seek candidates who will strive for excellence in teaching as well as scholarship, including those who currently hold industry positions.

Computer Science is among Whitman’s newest academic programs, graduating our first two majors in 2018 and about twenty majors in 2023, with further growth anticipated. Class sizes range from under ten to about thirty students. Beyond the major, the Department graduates 5-10 minors each year, while introductory and intermediate level courses engage students from all majors and class years. The Department contributes to a minor in data science, a new interdisciplinary concentration in human-centered design, and a developing institutional strength in scientific computing.

The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to teach core and elective computer science courses for majors and non-majors across all levels of the curriculum. Beyond this, the department provides opportunities to teach in the College’s first year seminar program, supervise senior capstone projects, develop new courses that integrate research interests with teaching, and contribute to shaping departmental curriculum. The standard annual teaching load is five courses.

The successful candidate will further demonstrate potential to sustain an active scholarly or creative research agenda and to participate in faculty governance, mentorship, or other forms of service that contribute to the overall functioning of the college. The College provides strong institutional support for the teacher-scholar model, including a robust program of student-faculty research grants, support for seeking external grants, a generous pre-tenure sabbatical leave program, and further support for professional development in both research and teaching.

With growing cohorts of students of historically marginalized identities, including women, international students, and domestic students of color, the Department strives to foster a welcoming learning community with an emphasis on active learning and collaborative problem-solving. Reaching beyond Whitman, CS faculty seek to increase participation in computing through CS education research and advocacy, design for accessibility, and the summer STEM camp with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Whitman College is committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that values diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives. In the cover letter, candidates should describe their interest in teaching undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In doing so, candidates should address how their lived experiences and classroom and scholarly practices will advance equity and inclusion in the learning environment and help Whitman promote antiracist, systemic change.

To apply, go to Interfolio Link. The online application will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda, contact information for three references, graduate transcripts, and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.

Review of applications will begin October 18, 2023.

Salary Range: $85,000-$105,000, depending on rank

Whitman College offers a competitive benefits package that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances; basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met; Tuition Remission – Dependent Children, after eligibility requirements; employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on the distance of relocation and are compensated $1,500 for attending a required New Faculty Orientation.

Whitman College is an EEO employer.