Professor and Computer Science Chair

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The Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and nominations for Chair of the Department. The Department is an academic unit of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, and the Chair reports to the Dean of the College.

The Department ranks No. 16 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities) and ranks No. 15 among the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate Schools, with three specialties ranking in the top 20 (artificial intelligence, programming languages and systems).

Established in 1973, the Department has 48 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 233 graduate students. The Department has seen a substantial increase in computer science majors. Enrollment has grown from 880 undergraduates in 2011 to over 2,850 today. Computer Science is now the highest enrollment undergraduate major on campus. Strong in interdisciplinary research, the Department has close ties to the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and its many Centers including Computer Vision, Cybersecurity, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Human Computer Interaction, Quantum Information, and Computational Linguistics. The Department, combined with UMIACS, has annual research expenditures of approximately $25 million.

The Department Chair will lead a thriving unit at a time of great opportunity. The Department’s new building, the 215,000 square foot Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, will open in 2018. The Center will include open floor plans, dynamic maker-spaces and common spaces designed to inspire ideas and collaborations on new ventures. Eight classrooms with interactive technology will enable collaborative group work.

The Department recently announced a new endowed chair and two new endowed professorships, thanks to a $3 million donation from Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe. The State of Maryland matched her donation (+ $2.15 million) to spur economic development in the field of computer science. The endowed chair will be held by the Department Chair. This chair and the two new endowed professorships add to two currently vacant endowed chairs in the Department. Significant additional tenure-track faculty hiring is also anticipated.

The Department maintains close relationships with dozens of companies through its Corporate Partners in Computing program and believes strongly in fostering awareness and passion for computer science among K-12 students.

The Department Chair is expected to:

a. Serve as the chief representative and advocate for the Department and move the Department to the next level of excellence.

b. Lead the Department in achieving its vision for growth and development, faculty hiring, and use of the new Iribe Center.

c. Cultivate excellence in outstanding research, teaching and service.

d. Encourage cross-campus collaboration on societally important problems while enhancing core excellence in the Department.

e. Recruit outstanding new faculty and staff members, make recommendations with respect to tenure and promotions, and ensure equity in hiring and personnel decisions.

f. Significantly enhance diversity and foster a climate of inclusive excellence in the Department.

g. Engage with and attain support for the Department from alumni, friends, corporate partners and others.

h. Plan and administer the Department's budget, in consultation with the Dean and the Department Council.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field and be able to be a tenured Professor in the Department of Computer Science. We are seeking candidates with outstanding records in research and education, along with administrative skills and vision to lead the unit.

Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2017 to receive full consideration; however, the search will continue until the position is filled. Materials, including a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a one- to two-page vision statement; and the names, addresses, and emails of four references external to the University of Maryland, should be submitted via eTerp, the University’s electronic application system, at this link:

Nominations may be submitted by email to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ramalingam Chellappa, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, at rama [at]

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.