Two Tenure-Track Positions in Computer Science
Macalester invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2018. Candidates who have, or are completing, a Ph.D. in Computer Science are preferred, but closely related fields may also be considered. They must have a strong commitment to both teaching and research in an undergraduate liberal arts environment. We are especially interested in candidates who are enthusiastic to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses. This person will be expected to contribute to the teaching of our introductory and core courses as well as advanced courses, and to mentor undergraduate research.
Macalester offers majors in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and minors in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, as well as a new minor in Data Science. We encourage innovative pedagogy and curriculum, and emphasize computer science’s interdisciplinary connections. We have close relationships with several disciplines both within and beyond the sciences, and we are interested in candidates whose work spans disciplinary boundaries. Areas of highest priority include computer and data security and privacy, mobile and ubiquitous computing, computer networks and systems.
For more information about our programs, see:
- Computer Science: Computer Science Major | Computer Science Minor
- Data Science: Data Science At Macalester Flyer | DataFest | Data Science Minor
- Senior Capstone Projects: 2017 Senior Capstone Project Descriptions
- Our computer science Course Offerings. Our typical class sizes range from 15 to 32 students and we make extensive use of in-class teaching assistants. Many course offerings, including all introductory courses, use an active-learning format centered around programming activities and are taught in a computer lab.
Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. MSCS Department home page | Twin Cities Mac Facts | Macalester Infographic | NY Times 36 Hours in Minneapolis
Recent Computer Science News at Macalester
- 65 members of the Macalester College graduating class of 2017 were majors in the MSCS department, making MSCS by far the largest department at the college; 26 of these students were Computer Science Majors.
- Nearly 100 students will be graduating with MSCS majors in the class of 2018. 40 will be computer science majors.
- The MSCS department will introduce a new course in Data Science next year.
- This year’s grads will work at Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, AirBnB, Epic, a variety of startups, and many other companies, non-profits, and government organizations. Our students also work for many local Twin Cities companies, including Target, Thomson Reuters, Code42, Ameriprise, Pearson Vue, BuzzFeed, Software For Good, and Garage Grown Gear.
- In 2017, women accounted for 44% of graduating Computer Science majors, and we expect a higher percentage in 2018.
- Over half of all Macalester graduates will take at least one computer science course.
- In 2016 Macalester received a $228,792 Clare Boothe Luce grant that. Macalester’s award will support Undergraduate Research Awards for women who are majoring in computer science.
- A startup founded by Tyler Sklucazek (`16) will begin clinical trials for “Nightwatch”, a smartwatch app that reduces PTSD-related nightmares.
- Qisheng Li (’17) and Anja Beth Swoap (’19) presented Cartograph, a system that visualizes any dataset as an interactive map, with professors Shilad Sen and Bret Jackson in Cyprus at the ACM Intelligent User Interfaces Conference.
- Macalester American Studies Professor Duchess Harris talked about her book “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA” in the MSCS department seminar. Both the book and the oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” feature Prof. Harris’ grandmother, who was one of the first black human computers at NASA.
- The Atlantic ran a story on research by Professors Shilad Sen (Computer Science) and Chad Higdon-Topaz (Mathematics) that measured gender representation on mathematics editorial boards.
To apply via Academic Jobs Online submit electronic copies of (1) curriculum vitae, (2) graduate transcripts, (3) three letters of recommendation (at least one of which discusses your potential as a teacher), (4) a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in Macalester, (5) a statement of teaching philosophy, and (6) a research statement. For any questions about the position, please contact Shilad Sen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Evaluation of applications will begin October 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.