Associate Professor/Computer Science

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number F00087
Faculty Title Associate Professor/Computer Science
Official Transcripts

Once hired for a position the candidate shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institution directly to the Provost’s office. Transcripts should be received by September 1.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Each applicant is encouraged to provide (preferably as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please mail to:

Southern Oregon University
Human Resource Services
Churchill Hall, Room 159
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

Appointment Basis 9 months
FTE 1.0
Department Computer Sciences
Job Location Ashland (15 A)
Other Job Location
Hiring Pay Rate $79,565(Base $63,912 @ 1.0 FTE, CIP $653, YIR1 Assoc. Prof, Table 12C + $15,000 CSCEEI one time addition to the base salary)
Benefits Eligible Yes
Position Summary

The Southern Oregon University, (SOU) Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Computer Science program invites applications for a tenure track, 9- month, faculty leadership position in Computer Science at the Associate Professor level.

The program offers a well-rounded Computer Science degree that seeks to develop digital problem solvers equipped to meet the ever-changing technological needs of today’s world. All faculty teach a variety of programming and core courses that provide students with a solid background in computer science with a focus on software development, algorithms, and data structures. Faculty also teach one or two electives in each of their areas of expertise. A diversity of expertise is sought to maintain a rich degree program that provides additional breadth and depth through elective offerings aligned with student interests and employer needs.

Faculty regularly teach three courses per quarter, advise 20-30 majors, work together on the day-to-day workings of the program, and participate in university governance. Faculty are expected to keep abreast of current trends and developments in computer science as well as maintain a modest research program, ideally one that involves students in one or more aspects of the faculty member’s work.

This position is seeking an experienced faculty member who has leadership experience and is excited about the opportunity to advance computer science as their Chair. Program leadership at SOU is drawn from the faculty, who serve 3-year terms. Chairs report to Division Directors (SOU’s equivalent of School Deans). Chairs may serve multiple terms. Chairs receive course release commensurate to the size of the program.

Computer Science’s chair would work with the faculty, providing leadership for the program and interacting with external constituencies. This individual should: be knowledgeable of trends in computer science undergraduate education and employment opportunities for graduates, demonstrate successfully nurturing students from a diverse student population (including a number of low income, first generation, and non-traditional students), be experienced attracting and retaining students interested in computer science, and exhibit an openness and flexibility in seeking ways to address changing student and regional employer needs. An individual with some industry experience, who can expand/deepen SOU’s connections with the local tech industry is strongly preferred. In Computer Science, the Chair is normally released 2-3 courses per year, reports to the STEM Division Director, and has the opportunity for part-time summer employment.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise within one of the following broad areas:
• Software Engineering
• Large-scale Data Management, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, and Data Security
• Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, and Networking
• Programming Languages and Environments

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

Minimum Qualifications

• Doctorate in Computer Science or closely related field.
• Hold the rank of Associate Professor or higher.
• Demonstrated leadership experience in an academic program and seeking the opportunity to advance computer science through the role of Chair.
• Knowledgeable of trends in computer science education and employment opportunities for graduates.
• Experience with diverse student populations and effectively attracting and retaining undergraduates in computer science.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience nurturing relationships with external constituencies, determining regional needs, building internship and job placement opportunities for computer science undergraduates.
• Industry experience
• Expertise within one of the following broad areas:
- Software Engineering
- Large-scale Data Management, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, and Data Security
- Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, and Networking
- Programming Languages and Environments

Physical Demands

Regular teaching activities may include standing, sitting, and lecturing.

This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal Background Check. Yes
Posting Date 08/25/2017
Application must be received by:
for priority consideration
Closing Date
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/16/2018
Contact Name for Applicant Questions Human Resources
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Job Duties


Professorial: Teaching, scholarship, professional development and service.

Percent of total time 100

Supplemental Questions

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  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • Craigslist
    • Listserve
    • Oregon Employment Department
    • The Oregonian
    • Personal Referral
    • Saludos
    • SOU Website
    • Women in Higher Ed
    • CUPA HR
    • Monster
    • Mail Tribune
    • Latinos in Higher Ed
    • Simply Hired
    • None of the above
  2. What is the highest degree you have earned?
    • None
    • High School Diploma/GED
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • ABD
    • Doctoral Degree

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document