Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Computer and Information Sciences

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Computer and Information Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About CICS

Celebrating almost 60 years of pioneering contributions to computing, the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at UMass Amherst is home to graduate and undergraduate programs that are ranked among the top twenty-five in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and among the top twenty by CS Rankings. Following a decade of tremendous growth, CICS currently has 88 core faculty, including 20 ACM Fellows, 11 IEEE Fellows, and 36 NSF CAREER Award winners. CICS research encompasses all major technical specializations across the profession and serves as the focal point for interdisciplinary computing research at UMass Amherst, with affiliated research centers such as the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, the Center for Data Science, the Center for Smart and Connected Society, the Computational Social Science Institute, and the Cybersecurity Institute, as well as the new NIH-funded Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease.

The college currently enrolls approximately 300 doctoral students, 400 master's students, and 2,000 undergraduate students in its computer science and informatics programs and continues to build on its history of innovative teaching with new programs in public interest technology and a growing online master's program. The college's new building, slated to open in the spring of 2025, is being designed to accommodate its growth and serve as a hub for community, collaboration, and research. The CICS community is united by a revolutionary vision for computing research, education, and outreach--Computing for the Common Good--and is committed to inspiring and educating students from all backgrounds and experiences, while conducting research that improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth and the world. More information about the college can be found at

Job Description

The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is an academic-year tenure-track faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level, with a concurrent half-time Associate Dean role. The expectation is that this individual will serve in the Associate Dean role for a minimum of 3 years. During that time, the individual will have half of the teaching and service load of a normal TT faculty member; they will teach one course per academic year and one graduate seminar once every four years. Faculty in all areas of computer science and information science will be considered. 

In CICS, we are committed to increasing diversity, and we want our diverse populations to persist and thrive. We have many programs and efforts towards these ends. We strive to cultivate a sense of belonging and an inclusive environment, and to integrate these ideals with our missions of research and teaching. Simultaneously, we want diversity to be visible in the life of the College. We have made great progress in some areas but see opportunities for further growth!

The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion will serve as a thought-leader, strategist, and expert in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and will work to further those values in the CICS community. They will work with many stakeholders within the College, across the campus, and beyond to articulate a vision and goals related to DEI and to coordinate with staff and faculty to implement concrete plans to enhance recruitment, retention, and long-term success of students, faculty, and staff from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups in computer science.

The Associate Dean of DEI will work to effectively communicate and present our DEI strategy to partners, donors, foundations, and other organizations, and will work with granting agencies to secure funding for DEI programs. They will also inform and train faculty on inclusive and equitable practices in recruitment, evaluations, and promotion actions. 

This position will oversee the Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusive Community Development and their team, which includes a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator and student employees. The Executive Director and their team have built a rich set of diversity and inclusion programs for our College, and are now focusing on three key areas: (1) providing DEI expertise for students, staff, and faculty, (2) supporting students experiencing difficulties or from marginalized identities, and (3) running summer and term-time programs aimed at supporting marginalized populations, such as our residential academic program and our Massenberg STEM Institute summer program for high school students. The Associate Dean of DEI will also help define and recruit a new staff position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusive Community Development to focus on maintaining and growing other programming to meet our changing needs and goals. 


Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering, or a related STEM field and should demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, and service. Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of commitment and sustained success at supporting DEI initiatives.  

Additional Information

Starting Date: September 1, 2024. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2025 or Fall 2025) may be considered.

UMass Amherst and CICS are very supportive of dual-career families. We have a Partner Employment Program and will work with candidates to find opportunities for partners within CICS, across the University, and in the nearby community. Although UMass does not guarantee job placement, efforts are made to help secure a position for spouses or partners. For more information on our Partner Employment Program or other faculty benefits, please see

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to:

Application Instructions

We will begin interviewing in January 2024. To ensure consideration for a Winter/Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than December 1, 2023.

Candidates must provide the following in their application package.

  • Cover letter that explains your interest in this particular position and why you are a good fit for UMass and CICS. Candidates should describe their vision for advancing diversity and inclusion within CICS and highlight any past efforts that have been made to increase diversity and inclusion in previous roles.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of vision for the candidate’s role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Statement of teaching, including your teaching philosophy and potential courses you might offer at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Include how you’ve worked to create an inclusive environment in the classroom and in your research lab/group.
  • Statement of research outlining your accomplishments and research vision, focusing on your future plans and potential fit at UMass Amherst.
  • Contact information for three professional references.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.