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Professor and Director of the School of Computing and Informatics

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Application deadline: March 17, 2020

Senior Consultant: Kate Nolde

Associate Consultant: Kate Cusimano

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette seeks an individual with an outstanding record of proven leadership, teaching, research, and service to be hired at the rank of Professor for the position of Professor and Director of the School of Computing and Informatics.

The successful applicant will 1) develop a vision and build consensus for the school’s mission consistent with the college and university’s mission and goals; 2) work with the faculty and administration to facilitate operations related to the school; 3) lead the faculty in the expansion of the school’s academic programs and promote the growth of research and education capabilities in a way that enhances the school’s national and international reputation for excellence; 4) serve as an advocate, both inside and outside the university, for the faculty and students of the school, reflecting their perspectives, concerns, and needs; 5) manage the staff, resources, and facilities efficiently and effectively to ensure smooth daily operation of the school, including proper communication of policies and procedures; and 6) maintain research, teaching, and service activities as a Full Professor in the school.

The School of Computing and Informatics consists of 28 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 880 students, including over 140 graduate students.  The school offers bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and in Informatics, master’s degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Informatics, and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.  The B.S. Computer Science degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The school’s Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) has been ranked in the top 30 programs in the nation (in research expenditures) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in recent years.  The school has garnered five NSF Career Awards and leads the NSF multi-institutional Center for Visual and Decision Informatics.  Its annual external grants amount to $3M+ totally, with an average of $300K per year in externally funded research assistantships. The school is a unit within the University’s Ray P. Authement College of Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Besides the school, the college includes the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and the School of Geosciences.

Qualifications:  The successful applicant must have 1) a doctorate in computer science or a related area and a strong track record in doctoral student supervision, an externally funded research program, and intellectual interests to lead or contribute to multidisciplinary efforts; 2) served in a leadership role in an academic environment, preferably as a Department Head at a university with strong research and teaching programs; and 3) a strong record of professional service in academic and research communities.

Application:  Applicants should upload complete application packages at: Please upload a single PDF including the following:

  1. Current CV demonstrating an exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor;
  2. Names and contact details of 5 references (no letters are required at this time – references will only be contacted for finalists, and only after consultation with the candidate); and

iii.  A cover letter focused on articulating your fit with the School of Computing and Informatics and addressing the following three questions:

– What are the specific strategies you have used to create a collegial teaching and learning environment among faculty, staff, and students?
– What would you do to develop an innovative, engaging, and inclusive learning environment for students, and how would this differ for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students?
– What attributes do you think are necessary for a school to be ranked amongst Tier 1 research institutions and what role can you, as a director, play in achieving it?

  1. To be considered for the Computer Science Trust Fund Eminent Scholar Chair, the cover letter should also address the following:

– How would you use the resources and prestige of the endowed chair professorship to enhance your research agenda?

  1. Provide your transcripts (upon being shortlisted).

Nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to:  To ensure full consideration, receipt of complete application material is required on or before March 17, 2020.  The review process will continue until the position is filled.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Kate Nolde at ( or Kate Cusimano at ( consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. See more at: