Head, Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
April 16 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (https://engineering.jhu.edu/) invites nominations and applications for the role of Head of the Department of Computer Science. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished scholar with leadership experience, in collaboration with a growing faculty and an enterprising dean, to further strengthen an exceptional department at the nation’s first research university.  Important opportunities for impact include continued expansion of the breadth, depth, and intensity of research and education in the Department; recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and students; increasing the diversity of faculty, students, and staff; broadening the Department’s engagement with industry as well as with other departments, centers, and institutes in the University; increasing gift and grant support; and ensuring that degree programs are in the forefront of their fields. The means to these ends, the measures of success, and the prioritization of activities designed to achieve them are matters the Head will define in collaboration with the faculty and the Dean.

Established in 1986, the Department of Computer Science (CS) has grown to become one of the largest departments in the Whiting School. It currently has 29 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, three full-time teaching faculty, 11 full-time and adjunct research faculty members, over 450 undergraduate students pursuing a first or second major, and approximately 250 graduate students. The annual research budget has grown to over $20M per year, and the research portfolio includes hundreds of papers appearing at top conferences and journals. The CS website is https://www.cs.jhu.edu.

Serving a renewable five-year term, the Head will be appointed as a full-time tenured faculty member in CS and will be encouraged to remain active in research, though strategic leadership of the Department will be his/her top priority. S/he will be a distinguished computer scientist and proven leader who can inspire and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students and who will work proactively with the Dean, other WSE department leaders, and leaders of academic and research units across and beyond Hopkins. Successful applicants will evidence the intellectual distinction, entrepreneurial creativity, collaborative spirit, transparency, inclusiveness, and creativity that characterize the School’s culture, along with the scholarly credentials required for appointment as full professor.

The Whiting School of Engineering has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the CS Department Head. Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a letter of interest outlining their research and leadership experience, their CV, and a two- to three-page statement of research interests to laura.jenks@opuspartners.net. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should go to the same address. Applications received by July 31, 2018 will receive full consideration. Every effort will be made to ensure candidate confidentiality.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

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