Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Computer Science
Middlebury College invites applications for two full-time tenure-track faculty positions in computer science, beginning in Fall 2023. All areas of computer science will be considered, including applied areas with interdisciplinary focus. Teaching responsibilities will include courses throughout the undergraduate computer science curriculum with an emphasis on the candidate’s areas of expertise; as well as regular contributions to the college-wide curriculum, including the first-year seminar program and winter term. Appointments will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) or Instructor (ABD). Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential.
Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. Women, people of color, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings. Your application materials should include a separate, one-page statement on inclusion that addresses how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or community service demonstrate a commitment to and/or evidence of engaging with issues of diversity and inclusion. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Amy Briggs, Department Chair; curriculum vitae; teaching statement; research statement; statement on inclusion; graduate transcript; and three current letters of recommendation, at least two of which must speak to teaching ability. More information about the position and the application process is available at http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/cs/job. To apply, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/109787.
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information on our background check policy can be found at http://go.middlebury.edu/backgroundchecks.
Teaching responsibilities include a subset of the introductory courses at the 100 and 200 level, upper-level courses and electives related to the candidate’s areas of expertise, and, occasionally, the senior seminar. See the department’s website for specific course information. In addition, faculty teach a one-month Winter-Term course, typically every other year, and occasionally contribute to the college’s First-Year Seminar program. The teaching load at Middlebury College is 4-5 courses per year, depending on the sizes of the classes, number of contact hours, labs, etc. Teaching expertise in areas such as databases, machine learning, software development, applied areas, and interdisciplinary connections is of particular interest.
The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program, ideally involving undergraduate students, that results in scholarly publications. Middlebury College provides broad support for such endeavors including competitive start-up funds, internal student research scholarships, faculty professional development funds, and state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. Faculty and students in computer science interact frequently with members of other disciplines, with interdisciplinary connections encouraged in both teaching and research.
The college and the CS department are committed to mentoring new faculty in both teaching and research. At the departmental level, colleagues share teaching materials, visit each other’s classes, and work together in a supportive and congenial atmosphere. At the college level, new colleagues meet regularly in small mentoring groups, and all faculty are welcome to participate in frequent round-table discussions about teaching and research sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research.
Addition information for prospective faculty can be found here.
Teaching and Research Plans
Statements of Teaching and Research describe the candidate’s career vision for both teaching and research in a liberal arts environment. The teaching statement offers a free-form opportunity to convey one’s interests, motivations, plans, and desires in regards to teaching at Middlebury College. The teaching statement must explicitly cover how the candidate would teach a diverse classroom. The research plans should address the major questions to be pursued and the techniques used and taught to students. A thorough plan will also briefly address anticipated needs for space and equipment.
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
The CS department is actively pursuing a variety of measures to support students interested in computer science, with a particular mindfulness to barriers that implicitly and explicitly impede students from underrepresented groups. This includes both professors and student tutors participating in anti-racism training; incorporating topics of equity, inclusion, and racism into the curriculum in the form of both new, dedicated courses and modules within existing courses; working with other departments to develop and advertise courses that provide broader context for technology and technologists in society; recruiting and funding students to attend conferences and workshops that focus on issues of representation in computer science; recruiting and mentoring students from underrepresented groups to student leadership positions with the department; actively advertising computer science courses, major, and mentoring to students from underrepresented groups; and regularly measuring and reviewing our performance, and revising efforts as necessary.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to address in their application materials how they would contribute to these efforts. A separate statement on this topic is preferred but may also be incorporated into the teaching and research statements.
Further resources on campus-wide work in equity and inclusion can be found at the following links:
- Campus-Wide Action Plan for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- DEI Faculty and Staff Development Opportunities
- DEI Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff
- DEI Academic Initiatives
Letters of Recommendation
We require three recommendation letters from individuals who know the candidate well, typically including the Ph.D. adviser. The letters should address the candidate’s potential as both a teacher and researcher. Some letters may focus primarily on one aspect due to the nature of the relationships, but at least two letters should specifically address teaching experience or potential.
We anticipate short (30 minute) online Zoom interviews with our short-listed candidates in October, followed by two-day, on-campus interviews with our top candidates in November.
We ask candidates to give a 45-minute research talk keeping in mind that the audience will include undergraduate students and other non-specialists. College administrators sometimes attend as well.
We also ask candidates to give a 50-minute lecture in one of our courses to gain insight into the candidate’s style and approach to teaching. We will provide sample topics and course materials.
The candidate will meet with all department faculty, a number of current students, one search committee member from outside the department, and members of the academic administration.
Town and Surroundings
Middlebury College is located in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in the heart of the Lake Champlain Valley, with the Green Mountains to the east and the Adirondacks to the west. Burlington, about an hour to the north, is Vermont’s largest city and also home to the University of Vermont. Although Vermont is known for its rural setting, Middlebury College is a vibrant, welcoming community committed to hiring a diverse faculty.
Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.
Assistant in Instruction Positions in Computer Science
Middlebury College invites applications for two Assistant in Instruction positions; each are 2-year positions in computer science, beginning in Fall 2022. A B.A. or B.S. degree in computer science or a related discipline is required. The appointment will be made for 11 months. Responsibilities include teaching lab sections, holding tutoring sessions, coordinating student TAs, assisting faculty with course and lab preparation and grading, and system administration support. Knowledge of the Middlebury College computer science major is beneficial. Ability to work with students, both in the classroom and individually, is essential.
Applications must be submitted electronically through Interfolio. At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings. In your application materials, we encourage you to address how you might support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Through Interfolio, submit to Amy Briggs, Department Chair: resume, transcript, and three letters of reference. To apply, please visit https://apply.interfolio.com/105231.
Review of applications will begin August 1, and will continue until the position has been filled.
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. More information regarding background check policy can be found here: http://go.middlebury.edu/backgroundchecks.
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Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.