Macalester College Tenure-Track Position in Computer Science

Macalester invites applications for one tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2020. 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, Statistics, and 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 mobile and ubiquitous computing, computer networks, algorithms and theory, programming languages, and data science.

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About Macalester

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. It is often rated one of the best cities to live in the country, because of its thriving job market, beautiful park system, and art scene. 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. 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. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. MSCS Department home page | Mac Facts | Macalester Infographic | NY Times 36 Hours in Minneapolis 

Recent Computer Science News at Macalester
  • 115 members of the Macalester College graduating class of 2019 were majors in the MSCS department, making MSCS by far the largest department at the college; 56 of these students were Computer Science Majors.
  • The department has eleven Computer Science  professors, seven of whom are tenure track. In summer 2019, the Computer Science faculty worked with 20 student researchers.
  • In AY 2017 – 18, women accounted for 45% of graduating Computer Science majors, far exceeding the national averages (18%). Seven of the eleven Computer Science faculty are women (four of seven tenure track).
  • On average 22% of both CS majors and, more broadly, students in CS courses are US students of color. Roughly 30% of CS majors and students in courses are international students.
  • This year’s grads will work at Google, Amazon, Facebook, 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, Kipsu, and Garage Grown Gear.
  • Over half of all Macalester graduates will take at least one computer science course.
  • 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.

To apply via Academic Jobs Online, submit electronic copies of (1) a cover letter that includes a statement of interest in Macalester and the liberal arts; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) a statement of teaching philosophy; (5) a research description; (6) and three letters of recommendation (at least one of which can address teaching). Submit electronic copies to CONTACT: Shilad Sen, Evaluation of complete applications will begin October 15th and continue until the position is filled.