Digital and Computational Studies at Bates College invites applications for the chair of this newly established interdisciplinary program. The program has been created to advance learning and scholarship across multiple disciplines by evaluating and harnessing current and emerging concepts, methods, and tools in computer science and digital studies. The program is envisioned as one that will attract, welcome, and train students from diverse backgrounds both in computer science and in the interrogation of the practices, values, cultures, and assumptions of a digital world. The chair will work with an established program committee to design the program curriculum and to hire two additional faculty, bringing a broad vision of the roles of digital and computational studies in a liberal arts environment to this process. The successful candidate will have a strong record of collaboration and will be an effective leader and communicator as well as an accomplished teacher and scholar. Further, the successful candidate will have a strong record of engaging people from underrepresented backgrounds--especially racial/ethnic minorities and women--in this area.
This is a senior tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level that will begin August 1, 2017. A Ph.D, use of computer science as a primary tool in scholarship and teaching, and a track record of interdisciplinary work are required. Experience leading or playing a major role in developing an academic program is desirable. Interest in designing a curriculum that builds bridges across the curriculum—including the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and existing interdisciplinary programs—is essential. The field of specialization is open, but over a two to three year period, candidates will be expected to teach courses in all or most of the following: introduction to computer programming, data structures and algorithmic problem-solving, computer systems in society, and computational statistics. The teaching load at Bates is five courses per year with a one-course reduction possible for chairing the program. For more information about Digital and Computational Studies at Bates, see our webpage (http://www.bates.edu/digital-computational-studies/).
The College and the Digital and Computational Studies Program Bates are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus and the curriculum. We welcome applications from all individuals with the ability to contribute to the College’s continuing commitment to social and cultural diversity and inclusiveness.
Review of applications begins on 1 October 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications should include the following:
- Cover letter that articulates your aspirations for a new major in Digital and Computational Studies at a small, residential, liberal arts college
- Current CV
- Teaching portfolio including a teaching philosophy, a description of a course you would want to develop for the new curriculum, a list of courses that you have taught or are qualified to teach, and teaching evaluations from all courses over two academic years
- Description of your research program directed to a hiring committee drawn from a committee of faculty and staff from disciplines across the college
- Statement describing previous work you've undertaken to develop inclusive environments (especially with regard to underrepresented groups) and how your teaching and leadership at Bates will support the institutional commitment to enhancing social and cultural diversity and inclusivity.
- Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which discusses your qualifications to serve as chair.
Bates is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.
For more information about the college, please visit the Bates website: www.bates.edu.