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Chairperson, Computer & Information Sciences

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College / VP Area: College of Engineering
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Computer & Information Sciences

The University of Delaware seeks exceptional candidates who are dynamic and visionary leaders for the position of Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The CIS is a key department targeted for expansion at UD, located between Washington, DC and New York City, and about one hour away from Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Department has grown its faculty by 40% in the past five years and this growth is expected to continue to further accelerate its multidisciplinary research portfolio. The incoming Chair will lead a team of 35 primary faculty (10 female faculty), 4 research faculty, and 5 administrative staff. The Department provides first-rate programs and research activities for the 110 graduate students and 550 undergraduate students, in addition to undergraduate minors and interdisciplinary graduate students. 

The Department is proud of accomplishments that include multiple awardees for ACM Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, NSF CAREER award, UD Excellence in Teaching award, and UD Named Professorship, among other accolades. The Department has a diverse portfolio of research in the areas of computer science, from foundations of data science, cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and computer vision, to high-performance computing, cloud, networking, and quantum computing. Faculty research is supported by NSF, NIH, DARPA, DOE and other federal and private funding sources and is carried out by an excellent cohort of graduate and undergraduate students. The Department’s sponsored research awards within the last year totals over 15 million. In addition to research excellence, the Department is noted for its collegiality. The new Chair will have ample opportunities to engage with many CIS-driven initiatives—the Data Science Institute, Cybersecurity Initiative, Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, and Institute for Financial Services Analytics—which span the Main Campus and the STAR (Science, Technology, and Advanced Research) Campus, including the new FinTech building.

The Department is one of seven in the College of Engineering, which has about 2400 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students in a wide variety of degree programs. The College has the most active research programs at the University. As a Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institution, the University of Delaware, founded in 1743, is state assisted but privately governed, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having very high research activity (R1). The University enrolls approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students and plans on increasing new faculty hires over the next five to ten years, along with significant planned growth in graduate programs and enrollment. The College of Engineering and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences will be among the key drivers for such program growth. 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field, a distinguished record of scholarship, a commitment to teaching excellence, demonstrated experience and ability in fostering diversity and collegiality, and experience in working cooperatively and effectively with faculty, staff, and the administration. The Chair will lead the Department to advance its reputation, further ties across the University, and connect with external communities and stakeholders. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Named Professorship. 

Applicants should submit two PDF files: (1) a complete CV; and (2) a statement of interest, with emphasis on visionary leadership, research, education, and administrative experience. Questions may be addressed to the search committee Co-chairs, Professors Cathy Wu ( and Suresh Advani ( Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2021, and will continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants throughout the search process. 

As a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equality, the University of Delaware is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. UD recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and this is a primary goal for the department. We provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit


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