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Department Head and Professor - Computer Science

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Computer Science, Director/Executive/Management, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Department Head and Professor - Computer Science

Pay Range:

$97,000 - $197,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Department of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines (CS@Mines) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to head the Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field, and a proven track record in teaching, research and service. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are required.  Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful candidates  are expected to operate in a transparent, ethical and collegial manner and should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department. They should also have a strong commitment to enhance diversity and inclusion. Experience teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired, and experience working in or with industry is a plus.

Successful candidates will work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to: (1) provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus; (2) oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development; (3) promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation; (4) facilitate a world-class environment for research in Computer Science with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies; (5) administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty; (6) represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels; (7) oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students; (8) lead fund-raising to support departmental activities, (9) prepare and manage department budget, and (10) teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program. Successful candidates are expected to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and scientists, and expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the candidate must commit to growing the Department’s contributions to research and education that are focused on society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability. 

About Mines, the Department & Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines, Colorado’s oldest public university, is located in picturesque Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder.  Mines has 4,908 undergraduate students and 1,262 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. Annual research expenditures in Fiscal Year 2020 was ~$73M. Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Colorado School of Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine in 2020. Mines was recently dubbed the top public university in the nation for return on investment in's "Colleges Worth Your Investment" list.  The CS Department, which is currently ranked by U.S News & World Report as 68th in Computer Science, has 13 tenured/tenure track faculty, 4 teaching faculty, and 2 Professors of Practice, and offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science. CS@Mines currently has approximately 780 undergraduate and 110 graduate students and is the fastest growing department on the Mines campus. The Department has been working to increase its research activities and currently has annual research expenditures of ~$182K per tenured/tenure-track faculty on average. CS@Mines has also been working strategically to implement activities that are known to broaden participation in computing. In five years, (1) the percentage of women majoring in CS@Mines increased from 12.7% to 21.8% (a 71.6% increase) and (2) the percentage of students from underrepresented groups majoring in CS@Mines increased from 13.9% to 21.5% (a 54.7% increase). The number of total, women, and URG computing majors increased 4 fold, 10 fold, and 12 fold, respectively, from Fall 2008 to Fall 2020. Because of the positive transformation, CS@Mines was awarded the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Grand Prize ($100K) NEXT Award. More information about the university and the CS Department, including active research areas, can be found at and, respectively. 

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability, and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community has also developed a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility ( 

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit  

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible but before January 15th, 2021 for priority consideration. The search committee will start reviewing applications on December 15, 2020 and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The application must include: 

  1. A curriculum vitae,
  2. A cover letter expressing interest in the position and documentation of the candidate’s past administrative and leadership experience  
  3. A statement that expresses a vision for the Computer Science Department (2 pg. maximum), 
  4. A statement of research experience and interests (2 pg. maximum, see below for more information),  
  5. A statement of teaching experience and interests (2 pg. maximum),  
  6. A statement that describes your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines (2 pg. maximum, see below for more information), and 
  7. Names and contact information for at least 3 references.  

Research Statement: Describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to broader grand challenge themes (e.g., energy, health, sustainability, etc.), and current or future connections to industry and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit and  

Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion:  Candidates should submit a 2-page statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and has developed a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.  

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research.  Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs.  As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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