Tenure Track Position in Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 1, 2020.  IWU is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce, and the department is committed to supporting a culturally and academically diverse professoriate; we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and from practicing computer scientists with doctorates in other fields.

Illinois Wesleyan is a highly-selective, undergraduate, liberal arts university of approximately 1650 students.  Our primary focus is on the students, and the primary responsibilities of the position revolve around teaching six courses per year (typically 3 per semester) and mentoring/advising undergraduates (including research projects, honors theses, and academic advising).  TAs are available for larger classes to assist with grading, office hours, and in-class activities.  The successful applicant will teach courses in the core CS curriculum and upper-level courses related to their area of expertise.  Ideally, candidates will be able to contribute to the university’s broader curriculum as well, including general education courses that teach writing and critical thinking.  The university and department are committed to the recruitment, inclusion, and success of an increasingly diverse and international student body, and candidates are urged to highlight any experience or background that may help them contribute to these goals in their application materials.

Faculty at IWU have active research programs that can be supported by internal grants and other initiatives within the university, including administrative support for seeking external grants.  Undergraduate involvement in faculty research is common and encouraged.  The successful applicant will present a plan for continuing scholarship over the next several years highlighting research questions of interest and research outputs the candidate hopes to produce within that time.

The Computer Science department at IWU is a small but growing department with roughly 60 majors.  Colleagues in the department are happy to provide mentoring and past course materials, and the university actively supports faculty development.  Shared governance is a core value both for the institution and for the department, and the successful applicant can expect to share in guiding the department’s curriculum, policies, and initiatives.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial graduate transcript(s)
  • Statement on teaching philosophy and practice
  • Statement on research interests and plans
  • Three letters of reference, sent separately by their authors, at least one of which addresses teaching.

Please address and highlight in your cover letter (and/or either statement) if you have an interest, background, or experience relevant to any of the following:

  • Teaching at an undergraduate liberal arts institution.
  • Fostering an inclusive classroom and supporting a diverse community within the department and the university as a whole.
  • Involving undergraduates in your research.
  • Teaching writing and critical thinking skills outside of the CS department.

Please submit materials via email to cssearch@iwu.edu .  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions can be directed to Mark Liffiton, Chair of Computer Science, also at cssearch@iwu.edu .