Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Brunswick, ME

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Assistant Professor of Computer Science
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Computer Science
Position Summary

Bowdoin College's Computer Science Department invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2020. We seek applications from all areas of computer science, including interdisciplinary fields that intersect computer science,
such as work in any of the computational sciences, computational social sciences, or digital humanities. Areas such as Computer Science Education that complement faculty members' current research are encouraged, along with research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

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 positions come with considerable 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. One of the successful candidates will be nominated for consideration for the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship in Computer Science, which carries with it additional generous research funding over 5 years.

The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will share with all members of the department responsibility for instructing introductory and intermediate level courses and 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 Ph.D. 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. We have developed innovative courses that explore, for example, social networks in politics, ethical issues in computing, and access to cultural institutions for the visually impaired. 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 participation of women and persons of color in both the major and at national conferences. 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 women to apply. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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 contributions to diversity and inclusion; 6) names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. Review of applications will begin October 24, 2019.

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 (32.7% students of color, 6% 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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At the time of application, you will be required to include information for a minimum of three references, including name, title, email address, phone number and how you know the reference.

Once you have provided the required reference information and submitted your application, the reference providers will receive an email which is generated automatically from the application system. The email will provide them a link within which to upload a confidential reference letter on your behalf.
You will not be able to view the reference letters but will be able to see how many have been submitted on your behalf.

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  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research Interests/Research Plans
  • Teaching Philosophy/Principles
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