Professor and Chair - Department of Computer Science

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
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Job Description

Professor and Chair—Search #67881

Department of Computer Science

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing


The Department of Computer Science in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair and Professor of Computer Science.


Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.


To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution’s goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.


Within this setting, Georgia Southern University's Department of Computer Science offers an on-campus Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science and a hybrid-format Master of Science degree with a major in Computer Science. The BS program also offers certifications in multiple domains, including Network and Computer Security, Game Programming, Software Engineering, and Broadband and Mobile Systems. Georgia Southern's BS in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.


Position Description. Reporting to the dean of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, the chair of the Department of Computer Science will provide leadership for the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the department on both the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses. The chair will advance a culture of academic excellence where distinction in teaching, research, and service is expected and rewarded. The chair will provide leadership for undergraduate and graduate curriculum development, assessment of student learning, accreditation, research programs, and initiatives that further the department’s and College’s strategic plans. The chair will also be responsible for departmental resource management, such as budgeting, purchasing, and academic scheduling. The chair will represent the department within the University community as well as maintain contacts with industry, alumni, and external stakeholders. The chair will be an active teacher-scholar in the department and participate in service. The position is a 12-month, tenured appointment at the full professor rank, and requires a terminal degree. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Required Qualifications:


  • Earned terminal degree in Computer Science, or closely related field from an accredited institution


  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills


  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time college/university teaching experience at the associate professor level is required for the rank of professor along with a strong record of research and service with substantial publications and presentations in professional venues


  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.


  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development


  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills and ability to coordinate with other units or programs


  • Teaching or research expertise in one or more of the following areas: computer architecture, networks, database, computer security, software engineering, and game programming


  • Experience relevant to recruiting, developing, and retaining high achieving faculty


  • Experience with managing a department or program, including budgeting


  • A history of an open administrative style, showing flexibility in governance and demonstrating the ability to earn the trust and confidence of faculty, students, staff and administrators


  • Experience with developing partnerships with business and industry leaders in the public and private sectors, including fundraising


  • Experience with strategic planning and program development


  • Established record of competitive scholarship and the acquisition and management of extramural funding


  • Experience with ABET and/or university-wide accreditation


Conditions of Employment:


  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.


  • All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.


  • Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus.


  • Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.


Screening of applications begins December 1, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is July 1, 2022. A complete application will consist of a single electronic PDF file attachment containing: 1) cover letter addressing how the applicant meets the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Other documentation may also be requested. Only complete electronic applications, submitted as a single PDF file attachment will be considered. Finalists will also be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be submitted as an email attachment to:


Dr. Youakim Kalaani, Search Chair, Search #67881

Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro GA 30460

Electronic mail:


More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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