Westfield State University

Position ID: 1014-APDS [#13355]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Data Science, Tenure Track
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Westfield, Massachusetts 01086, United States
Application Deadline: finished (2018/12/11, finished 2019/04/22)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor, Data Science, Tenure Track

About Westfield State University:
Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. Westfield State University's primary mission is to assist its students to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities.

A public institution, the University has been offering online bachelor's degree courses since 2008. In January, 2012, U.S. News & World Report's first-ever edition of Top Online Education Programs ranked Westfield State #1 in the country for faculty credentials and training in online education programs.

Westfield is a great place to work, learn and grow. In 2011, Westfield State University was named one of "America's Great Colleges to Work For" by the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education. This position is offered as a particularly interesting opportunity, in an emerging interdisciplinary field as it is shared by two department (Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics) that are advancing a new and exciting program of study in Data Science. Brief descriptions of the two departments are as follow.

The Department of Computer and Information Science at Westfield State University supports majors in both Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, and is currently in the process of developing programs in both Data Science and Cybersecurity. The department is growing its faculty, and seeks an individual with energy, enthusiasm, and a strong commitment to teaching and curriculum development. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the department's programs - in particular the emerging Data Science program - and be recognized and appreciated for that contribution.

The Department of Mathematics at Westfield State University supports active major and minor programs, teacher education programs, vibrant extracurricular mathematics student activities, undergraduate research, actuarial program, and internship programs. Departmental research and scholarship span many areas of mathematics, mathematics education, and teacher education. Our faculty members provide scholarship and campus-wide leadership in the use of cooperative learning, teaching with technology, inquiry based and guided discovery learning, and other areas of teaching innovation.

Job Description:

(This is a joint position between the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Mathematics.)

The Department of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Mathematics at Westfield State University invite applications for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning in the Fall of 2019.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

This new hire will work with the leadership of the departments to develop and grow a data science program, as well as teach courses in both departments that support the program. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education and broad potential for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The teaching load is 12 credits per semester with potential for initial modest course release to support the development of curriculum for a data science program. Teaching responsibilities will be divided equally between the two departments. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in mathematics, computer science, statistics, or other related field, with an expertise in data science, by September of 2020.

Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-5637.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copy of transcript if highest degree
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with a statement outlining your vision of a data science program.
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**

**Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the Reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. ref1@interfolio.com).

The search committee may request additional materials from short listed candidates.

Deadline Information: Review of applications will begin December 4, 2018 . The position will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.

Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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