Southwest Minnesota State University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Position ID: 1443-CYBERSEC [#16172]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Computer Science/Mathematics
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Marshall, Minnesota 56258, United States
Subject Area: Cyber Security and Data Science
Application Deadline: (posted 2020/08/17, listed until 2020/10/17)
Position Description:    

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Position: Assistant Professor of Computer Science/Mathematics Salary and Terms: Full-time, 9-month tenure-track position. Salary placement is based on education and experience.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Appointment Date: January 2021

Position Description: The Mathematics and Computer Science Department at SMSU has created a new online graduate certificate in cyber security (pending System approval), with plans for a Master’s degree in cyber security for Fall 2021. In addition, a new bachelor’s program in data science is being launched Fall 2020 with preparation for an online master’s program in data science underway. For at least the first semester of the appointment, the primary responsibility of this new position will be contributing to the development of curricula for these new programs. Duties also include teaching courses in these new programs as well as undergraduate courses in computer science, and participating in department and university activities, such as program review, supervising undergraduate research, and various regional outreach activities. Faculty are also expected to participate in student advising, contribute to student growth and development, evaluate student performance, assessment, engage in scholarly activity, and perform service to the University community.

Qualifications: • Doctorate in Computer Science or Mathematics or a closely related field; applicants within one year of completion will be considered. • Coursework or experience in cyber security. • Evidence of successful teaching and demonstrated experience with assessment of student learning. • Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the programs within the department. • Demonstrated commitment or proven strategies for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment; demonstrated ability or proven strategies to teach and work with persons from diverse backgrounds is required. • Excellent communication skills. • Must have an understanding and appreciation for liberal education. Preferred Qualification: • Ability to teach in the area of data science. The University: Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 14,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.

Application Data: Letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume/ curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement on research, student evaluations if available, three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addressing teaching, and unofficial transcripts must be attached to your application. To apply for this position, please complete the online application process at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:

*Nine Month Appointments- Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State system, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months. The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years. Initial faculty appointments at SMSU are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.

Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208. For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529. This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request.

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