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Department Head, Computer Science

Drexel University, College of Computing & Informatics, Computer Science Department

Job Title: Department Head, Computer Science
Job Location: Philadelphia , PA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Sciences and technology: other
Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems
Date Posted: 2018-12-03
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Department Head, Computer Science
Drexel University

The College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) at Drexel University invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Computer Science. Drexel University is in the midst of an ambitious, multi-year effort to significantly grow its computing, information, and technology activities. Drexel’s expansion includes a new, state-of-the-art home for the College of Computing & Informatics scheduled to open in 2019, and an anticipated ten (10) faculty positions under search. The Department seeks a dynamic and innovative leader with creative vision and an outstanding record of achievement, ready to take a strong and growing department to a prominent ranking and lead the charge redefining computing education and research in the 21st Century.

Computer Science, one of Drexel’s focus areas of investment, has doubled its undergraduate enrollment over the past five years, making it one of the most vibrant and selective undergraduate programs on campus. Having undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering—including one of the largest majors at Drexel, the Computer Science Department is integral to a number of key strategic priorities for the College and the University. Among these priorities is a new college-wide focus on data science, including a newly launched Master of Science in Data Science spanning Computer Science and Information Science and a CS4All initiative that highlights our commitment to computing across all disciplines throughout the University. The Department also plays a leading role in continued commitment to experiential learning through synergistic programming, research, and co-op, as well as, several significant College and University priority areas spanning cybersecurity and privacy, high-performance computing, data science, AI and machine learning, human computer interaction, and more.

Computer Science is part of the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), which serves as the hub of computing, as well as library and information science education and research at Drexel. Few peer institutions offer comprehensive programs in both computing and information science, making CCI’s contribution to the field significant and the possibilities for future growth unlimited. Having an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, more than 14,000 alumni worldwide, and a world-class faculty of more than 60 professors and researchers, CCI is poised for significant growth in the next five years. Under new leadership and with commitments of significant investment, the College is paving the way for Computer Science to lead across Drexel and widen its research and education impact not only within CCI, but also across programs in Engineering, Business, Environmental Science, Health, and a variety of other areas. Drexel itself is one of the nation’s leading urban research universities, with an enrollment of over 24,000 students primarily focused on STEM subjects.

Job Requirements

A successful candidate will have an exemplary record of scholarly achievement along with evidence of outstanding leadership.

It is expected that candidates for this position will have an earned doctorate in computer science (or closely related field) and stature in the field sufficient at a minimum to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor in one of the nation’s leading computing colleges.

The Department Head of Computer Science is a key member of the College leadership team. The Head will work with faculty colleagues and the College’s leadership to build and achieve a compelling vision for the future of the Department and CCI. Highly desirable qualities include an understanding of current needs and future trends in computing research and education; a commitment to diversity and collaboration; and skills in academic leadership, student relations, mentoring, and alumni-relations development. Successful candidate is expected to have strong commitment to support the College’s vision and to help drive strategic and sustainable growth of enrollment, research and extramural funding in the Department and the College.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Confidential nominations and inquires can be sent to

Evaluation of applications will be conducted on a rolling basis; however, applicants should apply by January 5, 2019, for full consideration. To be considered, apply at

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, references, and brief statements describing the candidate’s research program, teaching interests, any administrative or leadership experience, and a vision for the department.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

Drexel University’s Department of Computer Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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