UM CS department looking to hire math PhDs to teaching faculty positions

You may be aware that there is a national shortage of faculty in Computer Science. This is true here at Michigan, where CSE administrators regularly reach out to hire our post-docs and PhD students. Many courses offered are highly mathematical, including “Discrete Math” (EECS 203), “Theory of Computer Science” (EECS 376–binary, etc), “Intro to cryptography” (EECS 476), and several machine learning courses (lots of linear algebra). Some stories from some of our grad students who have taught these can be found here.

The CSE department has a new initiative to hire “career teaching faculty” to cover many of these courses, and they wrote to me asking to publicize this opportunity to math post-docs and finishing PhD students. These are faculty positions where promotion is based on teaching, not research. While non-tenured, they are expected to be essentially “permanent”, similar to lecturers in the math department. The teaching load is lighter (2 vs 3 per semester) than lecturers in math while the pay is (often significantly) higher than for comparable positions in math at UM. Below I’ve pasted the message of CS faculty Drew DeOrio about these opportunities, with information about how to apply.

From Drew:

Michigan CSE is hiring for multiple long-term, career-oriented teaching faculty positions. We are seeking passionate individuals to join our community of teaching-focused faculty, and who will support our teaching mission and further our goal of creating a diverse, inclusive, and representative Computer Science community within our department and in the field at large.

Apply at and direct questions to Dr. Andrew DeOrio  Include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, DEI statement, research statement (optional), three references, and teaching evals (if any).

Teaching Faculty are typically responsible for 2 courses per semester, sometimes 2 sections of the same course, with a mix of introductory, core, and specialized upper-level courses based on preference and expertise. Faculty often work in collaborative teams when courses have multiple sections. Teaching faculty hold leadership roles in designing the curriculum and structuring our student experiences. We are seeking candidates who share our commitment to equity-centered engineering, and who strive for continued personal and professional development in the areas of pedagogy, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Teaching faculty are active and engaged members of the department faculty. They are involved in departmental service and leadership, and many choose to be involved in scholarly research in their own technical area or in computer science education (though research is not required). A plethora of opportunities are available to teaching faculty for professional development, innovation, and research in teaching and learning in CS.

Faculty are supported by outstanding teaching assistants, who play a critical role in instruction, student support, building an inclusive environment, and course development. Department-level course support staff assist with administrative and logistic needs.

We will begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received beginning September 1st, 2022, and continue throughout the academic year. Initial appointments include a renewable 3-year contract. Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated evidence of excellent teaching, ability to positively impact and support students, and commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive CS community, as well as potential for growth and professional development in these areas.

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

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