University of Puget Sound

Visiting Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Job ID: 7459
Location: Math & Computer Science
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Faculty Posting Details

Appointment: 3-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Computer Science to begin Fall 2024.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities will include courses throughout the undergraduate computer science curriculum. Standard teaching load is three units per semester, composed of lectures and labs.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in computer science is preferred, but candidates with degrees (ABD, Ed.D., M.S.) in a closely related field will also be considered. Teaching and research specialization is open.

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than January 8, 2024 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

Curriculum vitae

Letter of Interest

Teaching statement

Diversity Statement (see prompt below)

Contact Information for 3 References. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will automatically email these reference providers to request a letter.

Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant's Diversity Statement:

As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at https://pugetsound.edu/about-puget-sound-0/mission-core-values/institutional-equity-diversity prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Faculty salaries at the University of Puget Sound are based on a common salary scale based on experience. Assistant Professor salaries in Computer Science for 2023-24 begin at $81,492 annualized in their first year of full-time post-doctorate teaching through $90,003 annualized based on experience. ($80,992 to $89,503 for ABD.) Salaries for candidates with MS degrees begin at $67,063 and rise from there depending on prior teaching experience but remain below the Assistant Professor compensation level.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package for eligible faculty members, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement plan options and 403(b) contributions
  • Education benefits, such as full tuition for eligible employees and their families
  • Access to university facilities and entertainment (fitness center, pool, library, concerts, lectures) and more!

For more information on Puget Sound's faculty benefits package, visit: https://www.pugetsound.edu/sites/default/files/2023-02/2023%20Benefits%20for%20Faculty%20Members.docx.pdf

For the Campus Holiday and Bonus Day Schedule, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/human-resources

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy. More information on faculty resources can be found here: https://pugetsound.edu/resources-faculty

About the University of Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is a national liberal arts college located in beautiful Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant and diverse mid-sized city nestled near the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Our unique location offers ample opportunities to engage in a wide variety of cultural activities. There is ready access to both natural and urban areas: a short drive to three iconic National Parks, wild ocean beaches, a temperate rainforest, and several major metropolitan centers. Students select coursework from more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, and our low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

About Computer Science at Puget Sound: The Computer Science program at the University of Puget Sound supports around 80-100 majors annually, with average class sizes ranging between 20-25 across all courses. Our CS curriculum adheres to the ACM curricular guidelines and culminates in a substantial senior capstone project. Graduates are well prepared for positions in industry as well as top graduate school programs. The department is a member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology's Academic Alliance, and our chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computing honor society, is one of just four in the state. CS faculty are committed to building a welcoming community and strengthening bonds among students by regularly hosting social gatherings, seminars, and participating in various campus programs.

University Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit: www.pugetsound.edu/employment

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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Our Story

Founded in 1888 in a vibrant port city in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Puget Sound is an independent, residential, and predominantly undergraduate liberal arts college, with graduate programs in education and health sciences. Our beautiful 97-acre campus supports connection with the world it serves, from the tide flats of Tacoma to the Pacific Rim and beyond.

A Puget Sound education is rooted in an inspiring confluence of histories and cultures and ideas, and centered on our 2,600 students who are open-minded, outward-reaching, and passionate about putting their educations to work. Guided by our motto To the Heights, we seek to educate the whole person, and to give each student space to discover and room to rise to meet new challenges both locally and globally.

Our faculty challenge and support each student individually as they grow into broadly and deeply educated lifelong learners, prepared to become the world’s next generation of exceptional leaders. Perhaps that’s why the Princeton Review called out our faculty-student interaction as one of the best in the nation, and we are designated as one of only 40 Colleges That Change Lives.

Puget Sound offers a small community of independent thinkers, a launch pad for adventurers, and an incubator for entrepreneurs. We are makers, shakers, and doers—and we never stop learning.

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