University of La Verne

Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor for Artificial Intelligence

Job Description Summary:
The Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of La Verne invites outstanding applicants to apply for the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence – a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The specific field of expertise in Computer Science, a focus on Artificial Intelligence. The College of Arts and Science's Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair is provided by the generosity and philanthropic support of the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching, including a strong desire to establish research projects that provide valuable learning opportunities for undergraduates. The University of La Verne is in close proximity to a remarkably diverse array of ecological communities in the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Coast, and Mojave Desert that provide additional field research opportunities. Candidates must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and research funding.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

Specific Duties:
The faculty is expected:

  • to have scholarly, pedagogical, and practical expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity and serve as a catalyst for advancing the university and the region. The University of La Verne embraces faculty-student collaborative research and will seek a professor with substantial experience leading curricular, co-curricular, and industry-based learning experiences with diverse undergraduate students.
  • to teach six undergraduate courses per year in the Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cybersecurity curriculum. Courses including but not limited to teaching AI. C++, Algorithms, Python, DBMS, Networking, Cybersecurity, and Data Mining.
  • to provide academic advising and mentoring
  • to participate in departmental and college governance activities through committee service and/or other appropriate activities, Participates in faculty and staff meetings.
  • to participate in program modification and course design.
  • to participate in the design, evaluation, revision, and development of culturally relevant curriculum, courses by collaborating with other discipline faculty.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence and academic credentials that merit the rank of Assistant or Associate professor. The preferred candidate will also have a history of active participation in professional development as evidenced by presentations and publications, and display a readiness to work closely with a diverse student body and faculty colleagues through innovative pedagogy, research, and service initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:
The university is seeking an AI professor with substantial experience leading curricular, co-curricular, and career experiences with diverse undergraduate students. The candidate will exhibit evidence of leadership in the discipline, including keynote speaker at national meetings, journal editor/reviewer, extensive publications in peer-reviewed, top tier journals, and well-established professional networks that will benefit the students. In addition, abilities or an interest in interdisciplinary initiatives within the Colleges is preferred.
A background that allows some teaching in the area of Cybersecurity is preferred.The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in teaching, creating interdisciplinary courses across colleges, and program management, along with industry experience. The professor will be expected to conduct research and contribute to the growth of the field overall while engaging in academic advising, mentoring, and peer collaboration.

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions:
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: http://laverne.edu

Institutional Profile
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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About University of La Verne

The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university located in La Verne, California, United States, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

Founded in 1891, the university is composed of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, the College of Health and Community Well-Being, and the College of Law, eight regional campuses throughout Southern California, and robust online offerings. Scholastic opportunities abound, thanks to more than 50 undergraduate programs, more than 20 master’s degrees, five doctorates, and six credential programs.

Across all of the colleges, La Verne’s approximately 6,000 traditional age and adult learners help make the federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution one of the most diverse universities in the nation. Nearly half of the traditional undergraduates are first-generation students – the first in their immediate families to attend college. More than 70 percent of University of La Verne students receive some form of financial aid.

The university is also a pioneer in adult education, offering accelerated programs for adult learners at the La Verne Campus, regional campuses, and online.

University of La Verne is dedicated to the belief that a quality, values-based education enriches the human condition by engendering community engagement, scholarly accomplishment, and professionalism. Along with encouraging diversity, the university focuses on the individual as evidenced by its small class sizes. Professors are personally engaged and committed to helping students achieve their academic and professional goals.


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