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Department Chair, Computer Science

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Department: Computer Science
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Computing, Academic Administrator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University and the College of Computing invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Computer Science. We seek an individual with the vision and leadership skills to elevate the department’s prominence in computing research, enhance our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, further our efforts in industry engagement, and more generally contribute to the digital transformation of Michigan Tech. Successful candidates will share our passion for teaching and scholarship in computer science, and have a strong commitment to cultivating diverse and inclusive learning environments. The position begins July 1, 2022.

Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  Please see to read more about Michigan Tech’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and sense of belonging, and our strategic planning framework.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

The chair is both the chief academic and chief executive officer of a university unit and, as such, reports to the dean who is the chief academic and executive officer of the college. A chair should have the stature to represent the academic ideals and aspirations of the department as well as the ability to perform its executive functions, including budget and resource allocations.

The chair, after consultation with the faculty and according to the department by-laws, recommends to the dean all faculty personnel actions including appointments, promotion, tenure, dismissal, salary increments, and post-tenure review. The chair organizes faculty searches. The chair oversees the departmental promotion and tenure process. The chair also promotes faculty development by mentoring or providing mentors to assist new as well as continuing faculty.

The chair provides academic leadership and vision for the department in order to enhance its quality and reputation. Planning should occur with faculty in an environment in which the chair demonstrates an ability to listen, organize and stimulate discussion.

The chair serves as an advocate to the dean for departmental needs and priorities. In partnership with the dean, the chair is responsible for and oversees the financial affairs of the department, submits the annual plan and budget request to the dean, and administers the approved budget as a reflection of the department’s priorities. The chair oversees the department’s assessment process at undergraduate and graduate levels. The assessment processes include both Michigan Tech internal and national accreditations. The chair enhances the resources of the department through grant writing and fundraising initiatives in both the public and private sector.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Earned PhD degree in Computer Science or a closely related area.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

The successful candidate is expected to have a professional record of accomplishments within areas of computer science commensurate with the rank of professor at Michigan Tech, including a strong record of scholarship and academic leadership. The successful candidate must have demonstrated administrative and supervisory skills and have excellent interpersonal skills. It is also expected for the candidate to have experience with faculty development. The candidate must have a record of external funding and scholarship, including publications in peer-reviewed journals and top conferences, and a record of contributing to program assessment and accreditation activities.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience in successfully attracting external funding in support of research and scholarship, establishing collaborations, and research and teaching experience in computing fields. Experience in developing and promoting undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

The successful candidate for the position must demonstrate excellence in leadership, independent research, and teaching. The successful candidate must have a clear vision on how to promote, lead, and improve the Department of Computer Science.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Versatility and technical expertise to teach fundamental courses as well as advanced computing courses to diverse students, and to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral research associates.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

11 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Interested individuals should submit i) a cover letter indicating interest in the position of Chair of the Department of Computer Science and a summary of experience for the qualifications listed above, ii) a detailed resume or CV, iii) vision and leadership statement, iv) diversity and inclusion statement, v) names and contact information for three references, (to be contacted only by permission of the applicant).

The vision and leadership statement (iii) should include the candidate’s vision for the present and future of the field of computer science, and how an academic department such as ours at Michigan Tech can make contributions to the field and by extension to industry and society at large. Please include a description of how your leadership and management skills will support us in achieving those goals.

Our students and faculty are increasingly diverse and we are looking for candidates who actively cultivate inclusive environments that support contributions from all individuals. In the diversity and inclusion statement (iv), please explain how you have accomplished this in the past and/or how you will implement this in the future.

Applications should be submitted online at To learn more about this opportunity, please visit or contact the search committee chair, Daniel R. Fuhrmann, Applications received by December 31, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Additional Information

The department is one of two departments in the new College of Computing, Michigan’s only academic college dedicated to computing. The College of Computing, founded in 2019, represents a deliberate institutional intent to better serve the computing and technology needs of Michigan and the nation. Under the leadership of the recently hired Dave House Dean of Computing, the expectation is for the Department and the College to continue growing as we seek to fill multiple faculty positions in addition to this chair position.

While the College is new, Computer Science has existed at Michigan Tech for nearly 50 years, graduating our first students in 1974. With our recent growth in enrollments, computer science is now the second largest major on campus. We have made significant gains in diversity and externally funded research, setting records in both last year. The department has 24 regular faculty members, 554 undergraduate students in two BS programs (Computer Science and Software Engineering) and 76 graduate students in four programs (MS in Computer Science, MS in Cybersecurity, MS in Data Science, and PhD in Computer Science.) Our BS in Software Engineering is routinely ranked in the top ten nationally. The department collaborates with the Department of Applied Computing on a BS in Cybersecurity and teaches a substantial portion of the courses required in other programs, particularly the BS in Computer Engineering and the BS in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Building on current nationally and internationally recognized research programs, we envision growing broadly to support the long-term computing interests of the university’s educational and research mission. Current areas of growth include artificial intelligence/machine learning, cybersecurity, and software engineering. The department is a key partner with multiple research centers at Michigan Tech, primarily the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), and Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), all of which are growing rapidly. The department has ready access to campus wide high performance computing capabilities, as well as interdisciplinary research labs at the GLRC.

Located in Houghton, in the heart of Upper Michigan’s scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, the university is just a few miles from Lake Superior. The surrounding area is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities throughout the year.

We are an ADVANCE Institution having received National Science Foundation funds three times in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. 

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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