Teaching Faculty (Open Rank)

Teaching Faculty (Open Rank)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The Grainger College of Engineering: Computer Science

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The Computer Science Department in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois invites applications for multiple full-time teaching positions to support the continued expansion of our teaching activity in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online. We welcome applications from talented and innovative instructors able to teach across the computer science curriculum and are particularly interested in candidates who can teach algorithms and theory, artificial intelligence, data and information systems, data science, systems, AR/VR, graphics and visualization, and introductory courses in computer science.  The Computer Science department is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, with a focus on diversifying the faculty. We are seeking faculty who can teach in these and other areas while contributing to the diversity and excellence in our programs and courses through their teaching, scholarly activities, and service.

Applicants for Teaching Professor (all ranks) or Lecturer positions should have a terminal degree in computer science or a closely related field. Applicants for Instructor positions must have at least a B.S. in computer science or a closely related field. Initial appointments will be on three-year contracts renewed annually, at a rank commensurate with prior experience, and at a highly competitive salary based on qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to thrive working with a diverse group of students and colleagues.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2022. Applications will be evaluated as received. Applications received after that date may be considered until the positions are filled. A start date is expected in the fall of 2023; however, this is negotiable.

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through a combination of teaching, service, or other activities. Competitive applications will include evidence of creative and effective pedagogy, such as course materials and assignments; peer, student, or statistical evaluations; or descriptions of novel approaches, tools, or systems that the applicant has developed to support their classes. Applicants who desire confidentiality should explicitly mention this in the first paragraph of their cover letter. For inquiries, please email facultysearch@cs.illinois.edu.  For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

Successful applicants will join a large and active teaching faculty community. Illinois Computer Science is one of the top-ranked departments in the country, and attracts large numbers of motivated students to our courses from departments across campus. The department’s 23 teaching faculty embrace the challenges and rewards of teaching at scale, but generally do so by teaching many students across a small number of courses. In Fall 2022, teaching faculty taught an average of around 400 students, but only one course. Many instructors choose to teach the same course for multiple semesters, allowing them to develop deep mastery of their subject while supporting long-term investments in innovative pedagogy.

Teaching faculty have primary responsibility for designing and delivering the undergraduate core, as well as the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists (iCANhttps://cs.illinois.edu/academics/graduate/ican), but teach courses at all levels within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and online through our partnership with Coursera. Teaching faculty also engage in other activities that support the university's educational mission. These include leadership and service at the department, campus, or international level; collaborations that develop new courses or curricula; student mentoring and advising; creating systems and tools that support novel educational approaches; data analysis; community outreach; and research in computer science education or other areas of computer science.

Large teaching room 1404 in the Siebel Center for Computer Science.Teaching activities are well-supported by the department, college, and university. Teaching faculty have access to computational and laboratory resources, excellent graduate and undergraduate course staff, and summer funding to support course development. The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) offers grants to support educational innovation, and multiple CS teaching faculty are currently working on projects supported by these awards. Illinois faculty pioneered the computer-based testing center (CBTF), a novel facility that enables regular computerized assessment in a controlled environment and is heavily used throughout our program.

The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with more than 120 core faculty, 2400 undergraduate majors and 2600 graduate students across eighteen degree programs. Our flagship undergraduate program in the Grainger College of Engineering includes 38% women in our freshman class, and our innovative CS+X programs combine a strong grounding in CS with training in the arts and sciences across 13 different disciplines.  The department has been recognized multiple times for our commitment to diversity, including through awards from the National Center for Women and Technology (NCWIT) and the Center for Inclusive Computing (CIC) . We welcome applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department as we make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone, through continued expansion of our programs in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online.

Urbana-Champaign offers a high quality of life at a low cost of living. The culturally diverse area offers excellent and affordable housing and schools, a wide variety of cultural and culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor activity and recreation, all in a compact and bike-friendly footprint that minimizes commuting time. Chicago is three hours by car and reachable by train or air and offers all the enticements of a big city as well as a wide variety of national and international travel connections. The website Smile Politely  is a great source of information about the area.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (https://provost.illinois.edu/faculty-affairs/work-life-balance/).

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.