The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Computer Science to begin in August 2018. We seek candidates who are committed to the discipline of computer science, and have the energy and enthusiasm to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses in computer science, emphasizing hands-on pedagogy, team projects, incorporation of forward-looking technologies, and interdisciplinary applications. We welcome candidates interested in mentoring undergraduate researchers and in supporting women and other underrepresented populations in computer science.
The computer science program at St. Olaf is part of an integrated department. MSCS mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists believe we can better address modern mathematical, statistical, computational, data, and computing needs working as a whole rather than as separate departments. The computer science program encourages team projects and mentored undergraduate research that interact with a broad variety of disciplines at the college; a new tenure-track colleague will contribute to such efforts.
Completion of a Ph.D. in an area of computer science is strongly preferred by September 1, 2018. We will consider all areas of specialization. We encourage applications from persons who bring diversity to our computer science program, including women and other underrepresented groups, and we expect any successful candidate to help advance our program's efforts to increase access and opportunities for underrepresented populations in computer science.
Teaching responsibilities include computer science courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, periodically including courses in the candidate's area of scholarly interest, courses that incorporate undergraduate research, and opportunities to teach interdisciplinary courses. The normal teaching load is six courses per year.
A cover letter specifically addressing your interest in a computer science position in a liberal arts setting;
A curriculum vitae;
Graduate and (when possible) undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable);
A statement addressing your teaching interests, classroom strategies, and goals;
A statement addressing your scholarly work and interests, including an overview accessible to a general academic audience, and your potential to direct undergraduate research students; and
Names and emails of three professional references who can speak to your teaching and scholarship, at least one of whom can directly address your abilities and potential in teaching undergraduates.
If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please email Prof. Dick Brown, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of completed applications will begin October 15, 2017, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About MSCS at St. Olaf. Our department includes thriving programs in mathematics, statistics, computer science, mathematics education, and mathematical biology. While maintaining disciplinary rigor, we promote interactions and synergy among MSCS programs and across the college. Our Center for Interdisciplinary Research, for example, is a nationally recognized program that pairs MSCS faculty and students with faculty and students from other disciplines “to share in the excitement and challenge of working across the traditional academic boundaries to collaborate on research.” Possibilities abound for collaborative research; projects involving undergraduates are supported by St. Olaf's Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry program. The computer science program especially encourages undergraduate research: every senior computer science major completes an undergraduate research project. The St. Olaf mathematics program is among the largest and most successful at American undergraduate institutions, annually graduating about 70 mathematics majors. The statistics program is also vibrant, with 4 tenured statisticians and approximately 30 statistics concentrators each year. St. Olaf is among the nation's top undergraduate origins of PhD's in the mathematical sciences. For more information about our department and computer science program, please visit http://wp.stolaf.edu/mscs/
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.
A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.
To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.
One of the nation?s leading four-year residential colleges, St. Olaf offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition. Founded in 1874, St. Olaf is a liberal arts college of the church in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA). Committed to the liberal arts and incorporating a global perspective, St. Olaf fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.Academic... excellence informs St. Olaf College's identity and characterizes its history. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus programs, St. Olaf hones students' critical thinking and nurtures their moral formation. The college encourages and challenges its students to be seekers of truth, to lead lives of unselfish service to others, and to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world.Widely known for its world-class programs in mathematics and music, St. Olaf is also recognized for its innovative approaches to undergraduate science education and its commitment to environmental sustainability as evidenced in such initiatives as the adoption of green chemistry principles across the science curriculum. For nearly half a century, St. Olaf has been at the forefront of global education and a pioneer in study abroad. Today, with 110 distinct international and off-campus programs in 46 countries, St. Olaf students enjoy a world of opportunities when pursuing their studies.St. Olaf is an inclusive community that welcomes people of differing backgrounds and beliefs, a community that embraces spirituality and cultivates compassion. Conversations about faith are part of campus life and numerous opportunities are provided for students to grow in their faith and discover how they are called upon to serve others. St. Olaf takes pride in its record of academic excellence. A leader among undergraduate colleges in producing prestigious Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers, St. Olaf ranks 11th overall among the nation's baccalaureate colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees, with top ten rankings in the fields of mathematics/statistics, religion/theology, arts and music, medical sciences, education and the social service professions, chemistry and the physical sciences, life sciences, and foreign languages.