Director of the School of Computing and Information Science

Revised 9/12/2017 (Date that review of applications will begin has been extended to November 6, 2017)
The University of Maine seeks applicants for a senior faculty position as the Director of the School of Computing and Information Science. The School encompasses Computer Science, Spatial Informatics, and New Media. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2018. The successful applicant will be appointed to a five-year term (with a two-year probationary period). The candidate meeting the School's evaluation criteria for Professor and the granting of tenure will be hired as tenured faculty in the School. Reappointment is contingent on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement. The Director is the School's chief administrative officer, reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The position offers a competitive salary, additional compensation for Director responsibilities, and a reduced teaching load.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The Director is responsible for the general conduct of the School's affairs. Duties include, but are not limited to, working collaboratively with faculty to set and implement School priorities, advancing the School's status in research and education, allocating financial resources, recruiting students, evaluating faculty and staff, guiding program assessment, and scheduling courses. Outstanding academic credentials, integrity, and a vision for sustaining the School's diverse disciplinary culture will be critical.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in Computer Science or a closely related field is required.
Desired qualifications include: familiarity with Spatial Informatics, New Media, and STEM education; extensive experience as a faculty member in a multi-disciplinary unit; a solid research foundation commensurate with the School's research mission; current or very recent external research grant activity; documented commitment to excellent teaching; superior interpersonal and communication skills; evidence of effective administrative performance, ideally including progressively responsible leadership positions; and a record of mentoring and/or recruitment of students from backgrounds underrepresented in the fields included in the School.
The School of Computing and Information Science ( is an interdisciplinary unit encompassing Computer Science, Spatial Informatics, and New Media. It offers degrees in Computer Science (ABET-accredited BS, BA, MS, Ph.D), Information Systems (MS), New Media (BA), Spatial Informatics (MS), and Spatial Information Science and Engineering (MS, Ph.D). The School currently has 19 full-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 290 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The University is home to the Rising Tide Center, launched with support from NSF's ADVANCE program and continuing its mission to advance gender equity.
The University of Maine is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System and is the principal graduate institution in the state. It is the state's land, sea, and space grant university, enrolling over 11,000 students. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public neighborhood schools, high-quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Orono/Bangor area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the scenic Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
To apply, materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application and upload a cover letter directly addressing your qualifications for the position with respect to leadership, research, and teaching; a curriculum vitae; a combined leadership, research, and teaching statement; and a list of at least three professional references with contact information. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Questions may be addressed to Professor Kate Beard, Chair of the Search Committee, University of Maine, 5711 Boardman Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5711 or Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin November 6, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Academic Year (Sept-May)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Other, Resume/CV

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