The Grainger College of Engineering: Teaching Faculty (Open Rank) - Computer Science

Employer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location
Urbana, Illinois
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Posted
November 23 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia
Job Type
Faculty

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Grainger College of Engineering: Teaching Faculty (Open Rank) - Computer Science

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University commitment to diversity, please visit engineering.illinois.edu/about/diversity.html.

The Computer Science Department in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois invites applications for multiple open positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Teaching Professor. We welcome applications from talented and innovative instructors able to teach across the computer science curriculum, and are particularly interested in candidates who can teach artificial intelligence, data and information systems, and data science.

Applicants should have a terminal degree in computer science or a closely related field. Initial appointments will be on three-year contracts renewed annually, at a rank commensurate with prior experience, and at a highly competitive salary based on qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to thrive working with a diverse group of students and colleagues.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2021. Applications will be evaluated as received. Applications received after that date may be considered until the positions are filled. A start date is expected in the fall of 2022; however, this is negotiable.

Applications should be submitted by visiting jobs.illinois.edu and uploading a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through a combination of teaching, service, or other activities. Competitive applications will include evidence of creative and effective pedagogy, such as course materials and assignments; peer, student, or statistical evaluations; or descriptions of novel approaches, tools, or systems that the applicant has developed to support their classes. Applicants who desire confidentiality should explicitly mention this in the first paragraph of their cover letter. For inquiries, please email hr@cs.illinois.edu.

Successful applicants will join a large and active teaching faculty community. Computer Science at Illinois is one of the top-ranked departments in the country, and attracts large numbers of motivated students to our courses from departments across campus. The department's 21 teaching faculty embrace the challenges and rewards of teaching at scale, but generally do so by teaching many students across a small number of courses. In Fall 2021, teaching faculty taught an average of 380 students, but only one course. Many instructors choose to teach the same course for multiple semesters, allowing them to develop deep mastery of their subject while supporting long-term investments in innovative pedagogy.

Teaching faculty have primary responsibility for designing and delivering the undergraduate core, as well as the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists (iCAN), but teach courses at all levels within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and online through our partnership with Coursera. Teaching faculty also engage in other activities that support the university's educational mission. These include leadership and service at the department, campus, or international level; collaborations that develop new courses or curricula; student mentoring and advising; creating systems and tools that support novel educational approaches; data analysis; community outreach; and research in computer science education or other areas of computer science.

Teaching activities are well-supported by the department, college, and university. Teaching faculty have access to computational and laboratory resources, excellent graduate and undergraduate course staff, and summer funding to support course development. The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) (ae3.engineering.illinois.edu) offers grants to support educational innovation, and multiple CS teaching faculty are currently working on projects supported by these awards. Illinois faculty pioneered the computer-based testing center (CBTF), a novel facility that enables regular computerized assessment in a controlled environment and is heavily used throughout our program.

The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with nearly 100 faculty, 2300 undergraduate majors, and 200 graduate students across eighteen degree programs. Our flagship undergraduate program in the Grainger College of Engineering includes 38% women in our freshman class, and our innovative CS+X programs combine a strong grounding in CS with training in the arts and sciences across 13 different disciplines. The department has been recognized multiple times for our commitment to diversity, including through awards from the National Center for Women and Technology (NCWIT) (ncwit.org) and the Center for Inclusive Computing (CIC) (cic.khoury.northeastern.edu). We welcome applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department as we make computing's remarkable opportunities available to everyone, through continued expansion of our programs in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online.

Urbana-Champaign offers a high quality of life at a low cost of living. The culturally diverse area offers excellent and affordable housing and schools, a wide variety of cultural and culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor activity and recreation, all in a compact and bike-friendly footprint that minimizes commuting time. Chicago is three hours by car and reachable by train or air, and offers all the enticements of a big city as well as a wide variety of national and international travel connections. The website Smile Politely (www.smilepolitely.com) is a great source of information about the area.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (provost.illinois.edu/faculty-affairs/work-life-balance).

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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