Founding Department Chair and Professor, Computer Science

The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis is seeking an exceptional scholar, educator, visionary, and dynamic leader to serve as Professor and Founding Chair of a new Department of Computer Science. The creation of this department is part of a bold vision to transform Indiana University Indianapolis into the state's next-generation urban research university. This presents a unique opportunity to shape and build a cutting-edge department, while also contributing to the strategic growth and expansion of Indiana University's premier urban research campus.  The Luddy Department of Computer Science is a strategic priority for Indiana University Indianapolis []. Its goal is to establish world-class and accessible computer science programs that will foster innovation, drive research excellence and economic development, and produce future leaders in the field, both for Indiana and beyond.

The Founding Chair will have the exceptional opportunity to shape the department's mission, establish its core values, expand a forward-looking, externally-funded research portfolio, and hire a cadre of at least five to seven new faculty, while building a curriculum that reflects the most relevant and cutting-edge knowledge and skills in emerging computer science areas. The new Department of Computer Science has currently eight new tenure-track faculty and one lecturer-track faculty, and offers a Bachelor, a Master and PhD in Computer Science. Current faculty research strengths include data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensor networks, trust and privacy, and cybersecurity.

We are seeking an individual with a clear vision for the future of computer science education and research, as well as a proven track record of leadership and academic excellence. The Founding Chair will have the support to recruit and grow a diverse and accomplished faculty team, bringing together experts in various subfields of computer science. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts, the department will foster a vibrant academic environment that encourages cross-pollination of ideas and collaboration with other departments and industry partners. The Chair has the potential to leverage the strengths of the Luddy School, including: the Polis Center, the Luddy AI Institute, the Department of Human-Centered Computing, the Department of BioHealth Informatics, and the Department of Library and Information Science, the unique location in downtown Indianapolis, proximity to the IU School of Medicine, and nation-wide leadership in the health and life sciences.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Full professor
  • Experience providing leadership, building and managing effective teams of diverse individuals, and supervising and mentoring faculty and staff. Experience planning, building, and managing quality academic programs effectively and efficiently. Experience managing complex budgets.
  • Ability to design, manage and grow research-driven and industry-oriented academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Keen interest in the development of quality and accessible undergraduate and graduate curricula.
  • We seek candidates who have an active forward-looking research agenda, as evidenced by a history of peer-reviewed publications, grant proposal writing, and involvement in grant-supported research projects as Principal Investigator.
  • Outstanding record conducting individual and collaborative research.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly.



  • Tenured
  • Ph.D. in computer science or related field and relevant research training and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a record of outstanding research productivity, to obtain external funding, to exhibit effective teaching, and to creatively adapt and diversify pedagogy for online or blended learning.


Salary and Rank: Competitive 10-month salary based on experience and qualifications, plus administrative supplement and opportunity for summer salary.

For Best Consideration, apply by 11/01/2023

Expected Start:  Date  01/01/2024 or 08/01/2024

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About the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is the first completely new school in the United States devoted exclusively to Informatics and a range of its subdisciplines. With its formative national role in creating the nation’s largest Informatics Program on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, the school is the broadest and one of the largest information/computing schools in the U.S. In Indianapolis, the school also has strong ties with the health and life sciences in the areas of health data exchange, human-computer interaction, consumer health informatics, and AI applications to health sciences and clinical settings. The school provides state-of-the-art facilities including fully equipped classrooms, media and gaming labs, human-computer interaction research labs, usability and mobile development labs, ample research facilities, and studios for sound design and interactive media production. Access to advanced, high-resolution wall-sized displays and virtual environments are also available within the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex. The school is also home to the nationally recognized Polis Center. The Polis Center works with community partners to develop innovative place-based policies and practices for healthier and more resilient communities by leveraging data in Geoinformatics, Community Informatics and Community Health Informatics.

About Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) |
As the state’s premier urban research institution, IUPUI (soon to be Indiana University Indianapolis, in Fall 2024) is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUPUI condemns racism in all its forms and has taken an anti-racist stance that moves beyond mere statements to interrogating its policies, procedures, and practices. We hope to identify individuals who will assist in our mission to dismantle racism so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at IUPUI.

With over 24,000 students, the campus is located on a large tract of land adjacent to downtown Indianapolis. IUPUI is also the health and life science campus of Indiana University, the focal point of health profession education in the State of Indiana. IUPUI offers a full range of academic programs, with degrees from both Purdue University and Indiana University. Indiana University is an academic leader in the development and use of information technology. The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at IUPUI is situated on the academic Medical Center Campus, home to the Indiana University School of Medicine, the second largest medical school in the US. The school has formed several key research partnerships with the IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, an internationally recognized medical informatics research center. The school also enjoys collaborations with the Roudebush VA Medical Center, IU Health (one of the largest health care organizations in the Midwest), the IU Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Health and Rehabilitation Science, and the Purdue Schools of Engineering and Technology and Science. Faculty of the Luddy School at IUPUI enjoy state-of-the art computing resources. “Big Red 3” is among the world’s fastest research supercomputers. Owned and operated solely by IU, Big Red 3 is designed to accelerate discovery in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, physics, fine arts, and global climate research, and enable effective analysis of large, complex data sets (i.e., big data).