State Farm Endowed Chair in Cybersecurity

General Summary

The School of Information Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of associate or full professor (full professor preferred), with a start date of August 16, 2023. The successful candidate will be named the State Farm Endowed Chair in Cybersecurity and is expected to lead all aspects (research, education, and outreach) for our Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD). The Endowed Chair responsibilities come with a reduced teaching load so that the faculty member may coordinate the curriculum, mentor students and colleagues, represent the program to on-campus and external partners, pursue an independent scholarly agenda, and provide leadership related to research and creative activity. The successful candidate will be instrumental in maintaining the school’s designation as a CAE-CD, sustaining strong relationships with industry partners, and leading the cybersecurity faculty in pursuing external grants. The Endowed Chair is appointed for a term of five years with the possibility of renewal.

ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

The School of IT: The School of Information Technology ( is one of eight units in the College of Applied Science and Technology ( The School offers undergraduate majors in Computer Science (CS), Cybersecurity, Information Systems (IS), and Computer Networking and two Master of Science programs: Computer Science and Information Systems. The undergraduate Cybersecurity program is certified as a CAE-CD. The undergraduate CS and IS programs are accredited by ABET. The School has approximately 900 undergraduate, 120 graduate students and 25 full-time faculty.

Illinois State University and the College of Applied Science and Technology:
A small-college experience with large-university opportunities.
Illinois State University ( distinguishes itself from other institutions in the state and the region by providing a unique educational climate that adds a beneficial dimension to the state’s system of higher education. The first public university in Illinois, Illinois State University was founded in 1857. Today, we are a dynamic, fiscally sound university of more than 20,000 students offering 160+ major/minor options in six colleges. In our most recent strategic plan Educate Connect Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our university being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university.

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000 in the greater metro area and conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Country Financial, Rivian Motors, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. For more information on our community, please visit (

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology, or a closely related field

2. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
One-page statement of your research agenda and how students and other faculty fit into it
Contact information for three references

PLEASE NOTE:  These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

For full consideration, applications should be received by September 30th. Review of applications will begin Oct 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or withdrawn.

Contact Information for Applicants

Traci Carte, Director and Professor
School of Information Technology
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5480