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Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Position Number: 3669564
  • Location: Mankato, MN
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Computer Information Science, Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (AA24026)

Division: Academic Affairs
Department: Science, Engineering & Tech., College of
Unit: Computer Information Science209, IFO
Location: Mankato
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Condition: Probationary
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Work Schedule/Hours/Days:

Posting Details:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
POSITION: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)

Salary Minimum:
Salary Maximum:
Salary Type: Depends on qualifications
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 209, IFO

Job Description:
This position primarily supports the new undergraduate project-based computer science (CS) program. After completing two years of core studies either at MSU Mankato or another institution, students compete for a position in our upper-division CS program. During each of the four semesters in the upper-division program, students "learn computer science by doing computer science." The real-world, full-scale projects that supply the main curriculum for the program are provided by industry partners and academic researchers from around the world. The curriculum combines technical training with the professional skills development necessary to succeed in a computing career. Responsibilities in this position include but are not limited to coaching and supporting students' upper-division CS project work; teaching core and elective upper-division CS topics courses using active learning pedagogies; teaching lower-division core computing courses; advising undergraduate students; engaging in research/scholarly activities, including seeking funding individually or collaboratively; supporting student growth and educational experiences; continuing professional preparation; participating in service work for the program, department, University, and broader community.

The successful candidate will engage with industry and academic partners to bring in and execute the CS projects that drive the upper-division program; participate in additional curriculum design, instruction, and evaluation; conduct research productively and mentor students in research; help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion; and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.

  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.

  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.

  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.

  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.

Required Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in computer science or closely related field conferred on an official transcript no later than the start date of appointment.

  • Demonstrated ability to serve a diverse population and apply an equity lens to this position including social justice and/or anti-racism.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills, including strong ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty as a member of teaching and/or research teams.

  • Demonstrated experience teaching and working with diverse student populations including first-generation students, second-language learners, international students, and/or other student populations that are under-represented in the STEM fields.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to support project-based learning and associated advising and mentoring across the breadth of computer science, preferably with college-level students.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to support development of industry and academic partner relationships, particularly as relates to garnering and supporting the execution of projects that serve as the curricular basis of the upper-division Computer Science program.

  • Ability to teach upper-division undergraduate topics courses in operating systems, network architecture, programming languages, databases, security, software testing, software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, data science, and/or data engineering.

  • Demonstrated success or strong potential for productivity in research, grant writing, or scholarship.

  • Experience in industry, military, post-doctoral research, and/or formal and informal educational settings.

Other Requirements:
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Minnesota State University, Mankato operates its powerful and innovative undergraduate program in computer science based on project-based learning. This computer science program is unique in North America. It is modeled on the ABET-accredited and highly awarded project-based engineering programs pioneered by the Universitys Department of Integrated Engineering. The Computer Information Science Department in which the program is housed extends and modifies this educational approach while fostering a pedagogical model and intellectual community of scholars that support the programs rapid growth.

Students in the computer science program complete a lower-division core curriculum as well as most of a math minor before being admitted to the upper-division program, where they complete four project-based semesters. Projects are provided by regional, national, and global industry partners and both internal and external faculty researchers. The curriculum combines software design, computing research, and the technical fundamentals of computing, together with developing the professional skills necessary to succeed in a computing career, such as teamwork, time management, oral and written communication, project management, professional responsibility, and independent learning.

The computer science program was developed using the knowledge and techniques supported by recent research on the development of technical and professional competencies expected of the computer scientist of the future. This position will include interaction with industry partners who serve as project clients. Information on the departments and computer program can be found at:

The Department of Computer Information Science is comprised of 15 full-time faculty members actively engaged in teaching, research, and service. The department offers undergraduate majors in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, and Health Informatics; masters degrees in Information Technology, Information Security & Risk Management, Health Informatics and Analytics, and Data Science; and minors and certificates for students with varying interests and backgrounds.

The Department of Computer Information Science is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural and inclusive environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

Applications from qualified candidates who are currently in industrial positions are welcomed, and appropriate weighting will be given to demonstrated success in teaching and research in industrial settings.
University Demographics Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes: Enhancing access and student success. Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs. Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name-Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Serving approximately 14,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelors through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesotas the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: APPLICATION PROCEDURES:To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website: A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement defining diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and describing your views and actions toward advancing DEI including dimensions of social justice and racial equity related to race, gender, ability and culture. How would your views and prior actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion align with Minnesota State University, Mankatos goals?
  • A one (1) page statement of your teaching philosophy
  • A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests
  • A one (1) page statement about your interest in an experience with project-based learning; additional pages that document teaching evaluations may be included

Lin Chase, Associate Professor
Computer Information Science
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:
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The Minnesota State University, Mankato Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the University. The policy statements address the schools policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on-campus, or in other University affiliated locations. This report is available online at: You may also request a paper copy from University Security at 507-389-2111, or by emailing

Benefits Info:
The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

Select the IFO Summary (Faculty) link from the list for specifics of that plan.

Benefits Overview

Posting Number: M275M
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/14/2023
Position End Date (if temporary):
Open Date: 11/18/2022
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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