Position Title: Professor of Practice of Cybersecurity Department Computer Science, Math & Physics Appointment 9 Months Tenure Status Non Tenure Track FLSA Exempt Job Summary

Missouri Western State University's College of Science and Health and the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science invites applications for a non-tenure track full-time Professor of Practice of Cybersecurity beginning in Fall 2024 (August 15, 2024).

The successful candidate for this position will hold a Masters or Ph.D. in Cybersecurity, Network Technology, or a closely related field.

Successful applicants will join MWSU and its stakeholders as the campus opens the Convergent Technology Alliance Center (CTAC) and the Computational Infusion for Missouri Undergraduate Science and Engineering (CIMUSE), a state wide consortium of undergraduate institutions to increase high-performance computing capacity among primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in the state of Missouri. These resources, alongside the campus' applied learning focus and connection to business, industry, and government create an ideal environment for cybersecurity and computer science faculty seeking to both teach and conduct research.

Essential Job Duties

Duties for candidates for Professor of Practice position include performance of activities corresponding with the teaching and service expectations for the department and college.

We seek colleagues with disciplinary expertise and professional experience in cybersecurity, an aptitude for exceptional teaching, and the potential for productive collaboration with the region, community, and our external partners. The Professor of Practice position is primarily a teaching position with an emphasis on industry experience and knowledge.

Successful candidates will:
  • Demonstrate disciplinary and professional expertise in the cybersecurity, informatics, cyber risks, policy strategy.
  • Exhibit a desire to collaborate and build relationships with colleagues, the region, the community, and industry partners.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve on department committees, attend department meetings, and work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds.


Instruction and Curriculum Development:
  • Teach courses based on the program curriculum using industry expertise and unique professional experience and in a manner that advances student knowledge.
  • Develop, assess, and improve courses. This may involve, but is not limited to, research and engagement with user groups, industry leaders, and other academic/higher education organizations.
  • Assist in the implementation and maintenance of a relevant, high quality curriculum.
  • Collaborate with external individuals and organizations to foster student opportunities for innovative practical experiences
  • Advise and mentor students
Student Recruitment and Program Promotion:
  • Provide program information to prospective students. Assist with promotional activities and conduct interviews.
  • Engage program alumni to recruit new students and guest lecturers, create networking opportunities.
  • Communicate with outside organizations to secure opportunities for student projects, case studies, internships, and employer recruiting

Required Qualifications

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Cybersecurity, Network Technology, or a closely related field, or a closely-related field.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five to ten years industry experience
  • Industry-related professional designations such Security+, CISSP, and CISA.
  • Teaching or industry experience in areas related to cybersecurity and network security.
  • Success working with students and/or industry colleagues as an advisor, mentor, or internship supervisor.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate or adult learners.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

As Missouri's designated applied learning institution, we seek a candidate who is both collaborative and service oriented, and who demonstrates a strong commitment to building real-world active-learning environments.


Physical Demands Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.


Additional Demands

May require some nights


Designated as the State of Missouri's applied learning institution, Missouri Western State University is a public open-access institution located in St. Joseph, Missouri, on a beautiful 744-acre campus approximately 35 minutes north of the Kansas City International Airport. With 4,500 plus graduate and undergraduate students and over 29,000 alumni, Missouri Western is designated as a First-Gen Forward campus dedicated to academic innovation, regional and community partnerships, and a student-centered experience.
Missouri Western State University is an active participant in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves, and the campus' distinctive focus on applied learning and research is a hallmark of its innovative teaching and learning environment. Missouri Western seeks to build an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups and women to apply for this position.

About Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive, state-supported institution serving more than 5,000 students on a beautiful 744-acre campus about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. Missouri Western is an active partner in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves. A distinct focus on applied learning and applied research is a hallmark of the innovative teaching and learning environment.


At Missouri Western, Griffons Succeed!

Missouri Western State University has a proud tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education to students in the state of Missouri and beyond. We are a four-year, state-supported institution providing a variety of degree programs and offering professional master’s degrees, four-year baccalaureate degrees, two-year associate degrees, pre-professional transfer programs and one-year certificates. In addition, the University offers seminars, conferences and workshops suited to the needs of the community.

Students come from throughout the United States and more than 25 countries. And our alumni live and work around the world. From its humble beginnings in 1915, Missouri Western continues to deepen its impact on the community, region, nation and world.



Missouri Western is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States. HLC accredits institutions of higher education in 19 states and has approximately 1,000 member institutions.

Accreditation supports our ongoing focus on institutional improvement, ensures that we remain accountable to our constituencies, and provides us with a broad framework for action as we work to achieve our mission.

Missouri Western’s accreditation was reaffirmed on January 24, 2017 and participates in the Open Pathway. We value the insights provided through the accreditation process and seek to use this information to strengthen our institution.

Missouri Western is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions’ participation. They also agree to deal with other states’ SARA institutions in a common way when those institutions carry out activities in SARA states other than their own. For a list of schools holding NC-SARA membership, please click here.

Specialized accreditations include:

Missouri Western also has the All-Steinway School designation, the American Chemical Society curriculum approval, and the American Bar Association approval.

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