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Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

UNT College of Engineering
Denton, Texas
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Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of North Texas

Position Summary

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) (computerscience.engineering.unt.edu) is seeking nominations or applications for the chairperson position. The CSE department is home to 9 Professors, 11 Associate Professors, 7 Assistant Professors, 5 Lecturers, over 100 Ph.D. students, over 180 master’s students, and over 1300 bachelor’s students. Over 17 faculty members have joined the CSE department since 2010, and we are continuing to expand. Three faculty members received the NSF CAREER Award in the department in past years.

The CSE department at UNT offers a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering, M. S. degrees in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Data Engineering, and ABET-accredited B. S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, an ABET-accredited B. A. degree in Information Technology, and a new B. S. degree in Cybersecurity. The UNT CSE department houses The Center for Information and Cyber Security (CICS) (https://cics.unt.edu/). In addition, UNT is the lead institution for the NSF Net-centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) (https://netcentric.unt.edu/) Industry-/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). The annual research expenditure of the CSE department is $2.5M with funding from the NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH, and industry. Current faculty research interests include Algorithms and Computational Science, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Computer Systems and Networks, Cybersecurity, Bioinformatics, and Software Engineering (https://computerscience.engineering.unt.edu/research).

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 5,700 African American students, 3,100 Asian students, and 500 Indigenous students. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence. Located in Denton, TX, at the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, UNT fosters meaningful partnerships with organizations throughout the DFW area.

Denton is home to two state universities (UNT and Texas Woman’s University) and is known for its live music scene. Denton is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and is located just 36 miles from either city’s center. With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts exemplified by local attractions such as the Dallas Arts District and the Fort Worth Cultural District. UNT’s proximity to these major metropolitan centers ensures that our new colleague will be able to access a wide range of activities and cultural experiences.

The vibrant UNT College of Engineering, located in the 590,000 square foot main building on the 300-acre Discovery Park campus in Denton, TX, has more than 100 faculty members. The college’s faculty also boast three National Academy memberships, more than 20 faculty fellowships across more than 15 societies, and five NSF CAREER Awards. The college is equipped with numerous state-of-the-art facilities including a recent $10 million boost to the Center for Agile and Adaptive Additive Manufacturing. The college has hired 9 tenure and tenure track faculty this year and has a goal to expand the college faculty by 50% in the next 5 years.

Minimum Qualifications

Nominees or applicants must have: an earned doctorate relevant to a program in computer science and engineering and achievements commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in Computer Science and Engineering department. In addition, the candidate is expected to have an excellent record of scholarship and external funding, prior academic experience in a US institution, and a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as well as shared governance while maintaining a good working relationship with the College Dean and upper administration. The candidate is expected to have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to lead and manage, and to work with faculty and administration. Applicants are sought at the Professor level with salary, benefits, and a teaching load typical for a major research university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in developing external partnerships to promote research and education and to raise the level of funding for the faculty.
  • Ability to work effectively with the Dean to advance the department.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with both Computer Science and Computer Engineering disciplines.
  • Knowledge of ABET accreditation standards and procedures.

EEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

The UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department is dedicated to creating a climate that values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Desired Start Date: August 1, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants

Nominations and enquiries can be sent to Dr. Seifollah Nasrazadani, Chair of the Search Committee, at Seifollah.Nasrazadani@unt.edu. Applications should be submitted directly through jobs.untsystem.edu and must include a detailed CV; a summary of research, teaching, and management experience; a statement on vision for a high-ranking CSE Department; and a list of five references. Please upload a Diversity Statement describing how you will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the UNT Computer Science and Engineering department.

Applications should be preferably submitted by February 15, 2021. However, screening of nominations and applications will continue until the search is closed.


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