Department Head in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) - Tenure Track
Virginia Military Institute
Location: VA Military Institute
Internal Number: 249459
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) invites applications for the position of Department Head at the associate or full-professor level (tenure-track) beginning August 2022.
As a member of the Teaching and Research Faculty, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses at both at the introductory and advanced levels and establish a research program in which undergraduates are actively involved.
As the Department Head, reporting directly to the Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of Faculty, the successful candidate will lead the department by:
seeking and screening applicants for appointments to the faculty of the department;
developing and evaluating faculty;
recommending tenure and promotion;
maintaining a healthy organizational climate;
representing the department on the Academic Board (i.e., the governing body of the academic program);
managing departmental assessment, planning, and programming, including evolution of the curriculum;
budgeting and administrative actions, including all financial transactions initiated within the department.
The department head appointment is for an indefinite term, subject to review at five-year intervals. It includes an administrative salary supplement and a 3-hour course release each semester.
CIS at VMI is a part of the Department of Defense Cyber Institute Program, along with the other Senior Military Colleges. The department has state-of-the-art laboratories and emphasizes teaching excellence, experiential learning, and undergraduate research. We are embarking on an era of exceptional growth as cyber studies are being recognized as pivotal to all disciplines and vital to all aspects of modern societies, including critical infrastructures, scientific computing, big-data analytics and social computing, mobile and location-based services in healthcare, and transportation.
The CIS department currently offers the B.S. degree in Computer Science, delivered through a dynamic applied curriculum that is anchored in cyber security, interactive computing, intelligent systems, and computational data science and engineering. The new Department Head will lead an ongoing initiative to seek ABET accreditation.
VMI is a state-supported coeducational undergraduate military college of 1600+ students, with a strong commitment to produce the next generation of leaders in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. VMI is located in Lexington, VA, which is a beautiful historic town in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Washington and Lee University is located adjacent to VMI. The area is well-known for its educational, cultural, and natural amenities. Faculty wear military uniforms but prior military service is not required.
Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality embracing engineering, science, and the arts conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.