Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • Bowdoin College
  • Brunswick, ME
  • Dec 18, 2020
Full time   Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems

Job Description

Bowdoin College’s Computer Science Department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021. We seek applications from all areas of computer science, including interdisciplinary fields. Bowdoin is seeking a colleague with a strong commitment to research and a promise of long-term successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The position comes with generous research support including startup funding, a fully-funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), regular post-tenure sabbaticals, as well as conference and travel support. Bowdoin also provides robust assistance in securing funding from outside agencies. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will share with all members of the department responsibility for introductory and intermediate level courses and will teach advanced courses in their area of specialization. Department faculty are committed to providing research opportunities for undergraduate students; the successful candidate will be expected to mentor independent projects and to actively encourage student involvement in their research. A PhD in computer science is expected by the time of appointment. Computer Science at Bowdoin is a dynamic and highly regarded department that has seen significant growth over the last decade; it is the fifth largest major overall and second among the sciences. Faculty members have developed innovative courses that explore, for example, social networks in politics, ethical issues in computing, and computational creativity. In collaboration with the new Digital and Computational Studies Program, we have expanded the scope of what computation at Bowdoin comprises. In addition, the College has invested significant and on-going resources to increase the diversity of faculty and students in computer science and STEM fields more generally. These efforts are being further strengthened by external grants, student initiatives, and alumni donations. Bowdoin is a learning community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and from those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Please visit us at the Bowdoin College virtual booth at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Conference, October 19-24, 2020! We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty. Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research plans; 4) statement describing teaching philosophy/experience; 5) statement describing potential contributions to diversity and inclusion; 6) names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning December 15, 2020. We expect to conduct this search remotely, in consideration of the health and safety of candidates and the Bowdoin community. Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (35.3% students of color, 7.4% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

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