Overview

Wofford College invites applications for a tenure-track position in computer science, starting Fall 2017. Applicants must hold, or be close to completing, a Ph.D. in computer science or in a closely related area with at least 18 hours of graduate credits in computer science courses. Candidates must have a passion for teaching in a liberal arts setting, enjoy working with students, be committed to professional development, and have excellent speaking and writing skills.

The Computer Science Department offers a major in computer science and a minor in computer science. The curriculum is based on the ACM/IEEE guidelines and provides students with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of the discipline as well as experience using the latest technologies. The department was among the first to offer a program in computational science to undergraduates and the curriculum is recognized internationally.

The teaching load is three 3-hour course sections during the fall semester, three 3-hour course sections in the spring semester, and one 4-hour section during the “Interim” January term [see http://www.wofford.edu/interim/ for details; Interim courses are not computer science courses]. Each member of the department teaches a few courses on a regular basis-for example, an operating systems course every other fall semester or a theory course every spring semester. We rotate the teaching of other courses-for example, one might teach CS2 for three consecutive semesters and then move on to teach CS1 for three consecutive semesters.

Wofford’s general education requirements ensure that students receive a well-rounded and balanced education. Students typically have a range of interests so many pursue two majors. Some computer science courses are taken by students in other majors.

Faculty members are provided opportunities for faculty development and for service to the college. Faculty members often involve undergraduates in research and sponsor students for independent Interim projects that let students explore a variety of topics such as mobile app development or building 3-D models for video games. Members of the department sponsor the WoCoders, the Wofford College Programming Team, as well as a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Faculty members also serve as academic advisers.

Review of applications and interviews of qualified candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following materials to cs-search@wofford.edu:

  • cover letter.
  • CV.
  • teaching statement.
  • description of professional interests.
  • transcripts (copies are acceptable) from all higher education institutions attended.
  • names and email addresses of three references, at least one who can address teaching.

Please submit questions to David Sykes, chair of the department: sykesda@wofford.edu or (864) 597-4524.

Wofford College is a private, nationally ranked, selective liberal arts college founded in 1854 in Spartanburg, SC. Enrollment is approximately 1,600 undergraduate students. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1. The small size encourages a culture of close student-faculty interactions and an unusually collegial faculty. Computer science classes have between 2 and 24 students. Most upper-level classes have 10-16 students. The beautiful campus is home to the Roger Milliken Arboretum, showcasing nearly 4,500 trees on more than 150 acres.

Spartanburg, located in the Upstate of South Carolina and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoys four distinct seasons, but mild winters, and a low cost of living. It is home to seven colleges and universities that have a collective enrollment of almost 15,000 students. The “Hub City” is at the crossroads of I-26 and I-85 and an easy drive to the mountains, the Atlantic coast, and to major cities, including Greenville, SC (32 miles), Charlotte, NC (68 miles), Asheville, NC (71 miles), Atlanta, GA (171 miles), and Charleston, SC (215 miles). Spartanburg hosts an active arts community and was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as the first Bicycle Friendly Community in SC. U.S. News & World Report has named Spartanburg Regional Medical Center among the best hospitals in the state [see http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/sc]. Spartanburg County is home to over eighty international firms (including BMW Group) representing 18 countries. Information about attractions and events in the area can be found at http://www.visitspartanburg.com/.

For more information about the position and the college, visit http://www.wofford.edu/computerscience/search/.

Application Information
Contact: David A. Sykes, Chair

Online App. Form:
Computer Science
Wofford College http://wofford.edu/computerscience/search/
Email Address: cs-search@wofford.edu

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