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
To apply, please submit the following materials:
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
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
. 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