University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
The UMBC Department of Information Systems invites applications for two positions at the Lecturer or Professor of the Practice levels with a start date of either Spring semester 2022 or Fall semester 2022.
The Department has 36 full-time faculty and over 1,600 students, including over 1100 undergraduate students. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Information Systems and Business Technology Administration. Graduate degree programs, MS and PhD, are offered in both Information Systems and Human-Centered Computing, including an innovative online MS program in IS. In addition, the Department houses the Master’s in Health Information Technology and the Master’s in Software Engineering, both as professional degree programs. We offer several accelerated BS/MS options for our students. Our faculty are actively engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research within and across departments and institutions. Five of our current faculty have received NSF CAREER awards. IS faculty members lead four research centers: the Center for Real-time Distributed Sensing and Autonomy (CARDS), the Interactive Systems Research Center (ISRC), NSF HDR institute for Harnessing Data and Model Revolution in the Polar Regions (iHARP), and the UMBC site of the Center for Advanced Real Time Analytics (CARTA). We are also host to two NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grants to support a culture of undergraduate research. Further details can be found at https://informationsystems.umbc.edu/.
UMBC is a public research university that is leading the world in inclusive excellence in research and teaching. UMBC is ranked #6 among all U.S. universities in both undergraduate teaching and innovation (US News). To continue to support this goal, the Center for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) provides excellent support such as classroom observation, collection and analysis of student feedback as well as regular workshops and pedagogical demonstrations. Our students can leverage our location near government agencies, such as NIH, NASA, NSF, NIST, DOD, NIDILRR and USGS. UMBC’s strategic location in the Baltimore-Washington corridor puts us close to many high-tech companies and local area medical and nursing schools as well. The 2020 Chronicle of Higher Education also named UMBC as one of the great colleges to work for, for the eleventh year in a row. The department, college and UMBC are deeply committed to the success of all of our faculty. We offer regular and structured support for faculty to develop a thriving and successful teaching career. The campus is close to both energetic urban centers and family-friendly suburbs. Nearby cities such as Columbia and Ellicott City have been routinely ranked in the top 10 best places to live in the US by Money Magazine.
The successful candidate will be actively involved in teaching and advising the department's undergraduate students. This candidate will have experience in one or more areas of teaching that are relevant to our discipline, including technical, programming and/or management courses. The Information Systems (IS) Department is multi-disciplinary, placing a strong emphasis on the theory and application of information systems. At a minimum, candidates must have earned a MS in a relevant area. There is a pathway for promotion at UMBC from Lecturer, to Sr. Lecturer to Principal Lecturer. Candidates with an earned Ph.D. and significant industrial or governmental background are encouraged to apply and may be considered for an appointment as a Professor of the Practice.
All candidates are expected to demonstrate their commitment to diversity in all aspects of the position, to include teaching, mentoring, service, or community engagement. Our Department strives to obtain an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through building an inclusive climate and culture focused on a common objective of excellence in education, research and student success. UMBC is a national model for diversity and inclusive excellence in STEM. Examples of these are our Meyerhoff Scholar programs (http://meyerhoff.umbc.edu/), the Center for Women in Technology (http://cwit.umbc.edu), PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP (https://promise.umbc.edu/) and McNair Scholars (https://mcnair.umbc.edu/) programs. Inclusive excellence is a hallmark of UMBC and a foundational value of our community. UMBC is the nation’s #1 producer of Black undergraduates who go on to complete a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering and #1 for Black undergraduates who complete an M.D./Ph.D., based on NSF data.
The IS department is proud to support a diverse student and faculty body in terms of gender, race, and ethnicity. The IS faculty has a culture of inclusive excellence, demonstrated by both academic research such as community engaged scholarship, research on improving accessibility of technology to individuals with disabilities, as well as efforts to address diversity issues in STEM through efforts such as CWIT scholar program and starting a regional chapter of Women in Data Science and Machine Learning. More than half of the leadership positions in the department including the chair are currently held by women faculty.
Applications for the positions must be submitted as PDF files via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/94398. An informational webinar will also be held in mid November. If you are interested in the webinar, please register at https://forms.gle/Rnfb9ezu1HTuKNU17. Review of applications will start in November 2021 and will continue until positions are filled.
A complete submission will consist of:
1) Cover letter
3) One-page statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
4) One-page statement of teaching philosophy.
5) At least three letters of reference.
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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