Assistant Professor of Computer Science

  • University of Southern Maine
  • Portland, ME
  • Apr 21, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems

Job Description

Campus: Portland

City, State: Portland, ME

Department: Computer Science - PCS

Bargaining Unit: AFUM

Salary Band/Wage Band: na

Work Schedule: Academic Year

Statement of Job:

The Computer Science department at the University of Southern Maine ( invites applicants for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. We welcome applicants in all areas of specialization, but especially encourage candidates with research interests in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Systems, or Software Engineering to apply. Teaching responsibilities typically include core computer science courses and advanced courses related to the candidate's area of expertise.

Information science has been identified as a key area for growth by the Maine government and the university is investing in research and instruction to meet the need.  The new faculty member will be part of a strong undergraduate Computer Science program and help with the current resumption of the MS in Computer Science degree.

The Computer Science department is part of the College of Science, Technology, and Health (CSTH), which has many departments in the bench, statistical, and theoretical sciences, and in engineering and health.  The variety of programs provides a solid platform for interdisciplinary scientific collaborations to build nationally and internationally recognized research groups, which the College and University administration support.

The successful candidate will join a department and institution that care deeply about student academic success and the development of faculty to be effective teachers.  The department meets annually to discuss teaching effectiveness and student learning and mentors junior faculty on practices. The university provides a variety of programs and financial support for faculty to improve their pedagogical skills.

Criteria for tenure include scholarship publishable in scientific, peer-reviewed outlets.  It is highly desirable to engage students in research projects and activities.  The university provides incentives and assistance for the preparation of grant applications and article submissions.

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the intellectual, cultural and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour's drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston. Our faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships are steps from our campuses. Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region.

The USM Service Promise is "Student Focused Every Day" and we are looking for a faculty member who shares the commitment to that and to its associated practices of respect & care, integrity, equity and responsiveness. We are the University of Everyone - a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.  We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual.  Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Should you have questions, please contact: Dr. Bruce MacLeod, the search committee chair at

Salary for this position is $90,000 annually.



PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Computer Science or related field awarded by the time the appointment begins.

Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Benefits Information Summary

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To Apply: 

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position."  You will create an applicant profile and complete an application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a teaching statement that includes a description of your experience with and philosophy of teaching diverse learners, a research statement expressing your areas of interest, past work, and future plans, and finally a list of the names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will start in early May 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by May 16th, 2021.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Work Year Calendar:
Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References, Research Statement, Teaching Statement

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