Associate/Full Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
Bates College invites applications for an emerging or established leader in computing for its newly established Digital and Computational Studies [DCS] Program. Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching marginalized and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. DCS seeks to build bridges between computation and digital studies, and the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other existing interdisciplinary programs on campus. The DCS curriculum asks students to interrogate the practices, values, cultures and assumptions of the digital world, while engaging with computing for social good.
The DCS Program. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary program committee representing the breadth of liberal arts education and dedicated to advancing racial and gender equity. They will also join, complement, and add breadth to two DCS-appointed faculty, a digital humanist and a computational biologist/STEM education researcher. The successful hire will be expected to contribute to the DCS curriculum by designing and teaching upper and lower-level context-rich programming courses that contribute to teaching in the DCS Integrated Core curriculum and the program’s mission. The DCS Integrated Core curriculum asks students to bring together the discussion and practice of digital citizenship, critical digital studies and programming. Current courses in the Integrated Core include Calling Bull with R, Data Cultures, and Network Analysis. There will be opportunities to teach in the college’s first-year seminar curriculum, to develop course-based research classes, to direct intensive student research experiences, and/or to contribute courses in critical digital studies.
Candidate Credentials. To recognize leadership, candidates hired at the Associate or Full Professor level will be eligible to hold an endowed chair, the Colony Family Professor of Digital and Computational Studies, for a minimum 5 year-term, which would begin August 1, 2020. A Ph.D in computer science is expected, but exceptional candidates from affiliated fields (e.g., information science, computational statistics) may be considered. A track record of interdisciplinary work and experience teaching programming to students with a range of expertise are required. We also seek evidence of work to diversify students of computer science as it relates to digital humanities, STEM, or other areas. The successful candidate will have a strong record of collaboration and will be an effective leader and communicator as well as an accomplished teacher-scholar. We are especially interested in welcoming a colleague who shares our vision for collaboratively designing, assessing, and revising our DCS curriculum.
Institutional Support at Bates. In 2018, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded Bates an Inclusive Excellence grant to transform the STEM culture at Bates. Areas of focus include updating the ways that faculty approach their work with students, expanding existing programs for student mentoring and leadership, and redefining the first-year science curriculum to introduce research experiences. Also in 2018, Bates was awarded a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Mellon grant is funding strategies to create a 21st-century curriculum, support the faculty’s capacity to more effectively teach and mentor a diverse student population, and remove barriers to academic success particularly experienced by students from marginalized groups. In addition to these sources of support, Bates houses both the Digital Media Studio, which provide equipment and expertise for a wide range of audio and visual media, and a Visualization Lab, which includes Extended Reality studios and 3D printing.
Conclusion. The college and the Digital and Computational Studies Program at Bates are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus and the curriculum. We welcome applications from all individuals who can contribute to the college’s long-standing commitment to social and cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and the transformative power of our differences. The search committee expects candidates who can contribute to this goal to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.
For more information about Digital and Computational Studies at Bates, see our webpage (http://www.bates.edu/digital-computational-studies/). Bates College is situated in a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from a burgeoning Portland technology start-up scene. The standard teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per academic year (either 2-3 or 2-2-1). In addition to an active interdisciplinary program culture, funds for travel to conferences are also available to all faculty. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship. Review of applications begins on 1 December 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit all requested materials through Interfolio at APPLY NOW. Applications should include the following:
- A cover letter stating your qualifications, both scholarly and pedagogical, for this position as well as your interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college such as Bates College. - A statement speaking to how one’s teaching, research and/or service might contribute to equity and inclusion in the campus community. - A sample syllabus or course outline for one lower-level and one upper-level programming course that could be taught in the DCS curriculum. - A scholarly writing sample. - A current C.V.
After candidates have been selected for an initial video-conference, they will be asked to submit letters of reference. Those not selected at this time will be notified. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.
A Ph.D in computer science is expected, but exceptional candidates from affiliated fields (e.g., information science, computational statistics) may be considered.
Internal Number: R2184
About Bates College
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.
Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees. The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. The College is 40 minutes from Portland and the Maine coast, and 2.5 hours north of Boston.
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