The Grainger College of Engineering: Instructional Faculty (Open Rank) - Computer Science

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 30, 2023

Instructional Faculty (Open Rank)

Computer Science

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


The Computer Science Department in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois invites applications for multiple full-time teaching positions to support the continued expansion of our teaching activity in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online. We welcome applications from talented and innovative instructors able to teach across the computer science curriculum and are particularly interested in candidates who can teach algorithms and theory, and introductory courses in computer science.  The Computer Science department is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, with a focus on diversifying the faculty. We are seeking faculty who can teach in these and other areas while contributing to the diversity and excellence in our programs and courses through their teaching, scholarly activities, and service.


Applicants for Teaching Professor (all ranks) or Lecturer positions need to have (or are expected to receive) a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in computer science or a closely related field. Applicants for Instructor or Clinical Faculty (i.e. Professor of Practice working title) positions are required to have (or expected to receive) a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related field. Initial appointments will be on three- to five-year contracts renewed annually, at a rank commensurate with prior experience, and at a highly competitive salary based on qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to thrive working with a diverse group of students and colleagues.


Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2023. Applications will be evaluated as received. Applications received after that date may be considered until the positions are filled. A start date is expected in the fall of 2024; however, this is negotiable.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through a combination of teaching, service, or other activities. Competitive applications will include evidence of creative and effective pedagogy, such as course materials and assignments; peer, student, or statistical evaluations; or descriptions of novel approaches, tools, or systems that the applicant has developed to support their classes. Applicants who desire confidentiality should explicitly mention this in the first paragraph of their cover letter. For inquiries, please email facultysearch@cs.illinois.edu


Successful applicants will join a large and active teaching faculty community. Illinois Computer Science is one of the top-ranked departments in the country, and attracts large numbers of motivated students to our courses from departments across campus. The department’s nearly 30 teaching faculty embrace the challenges and rewards of teaching at scale, but generally do so by teaching many students across a small number of courses. In Fall 2023, teaching faculty taught an average of around 400 students, but only one course. Many instructors choose to teach the same course for multiple semesters, allowing them to develop deep mastery of their subject while supporting long-term investments in innovative pedagogy.


At Illinois CS, our instructional faculty are full partners and play leading roles in our mission to deliver innovative and inclusive computing education. They have primary responsibility for designing and delivering the undergraduate core, as well as the Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-Specialists  (iCAN https://cs.illinois.edu/academics/graduate/ican), but teach courses at all levels within the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and online through our partnership with Coursera. Instructional faculty also engage in other activities that support the university's educational mission. These include leadership and service at the department, college, campus, or international level; collaborations that develop new courses or curricula; student mentoring and advising; creating systems and tools that support novel educational approaches; data analysis; community outreach; and research in computer science education or other areas of computer science.

Teaching activities are well-supported by the department, college, and university. Instructional faculty have access to computational and laboratory resources, excellent graduate and undergraduate course staff, and summer funding to support course development. The Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) offers grants to support educational innovation, and multiple CS teaching faculty are currently working on projects supported by these awards. Illinois faculty pioneered the computer-based testing center (CBTF), a novel facility that enables regular computerized assessment in a controlled environment and is heavily used throughout our program.


The University of Illinois has one of the strongest CS departments in the country, with more than 120 core faculty, over 2500 undergraduate majors and 2600 graduate students across 20 degree programs. Our flagship undergraduate program in the Grainger College of Engineering includes nearly 38% women in our freshman class, and our innovative CS+X programs combine a strong grounding in CS with training in the arts and sciences across 16 different disciplines.  The department has been recognized multiple times for our commitment to diversity, including through awards from the National Center for Women and Technology (NCWIT) and the Center for Inclusive Computing (CIC) . We welcome applicants that will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department as we make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone, through continued expansion of our programs in Urbana-Champaign, in Chicago, and online.


Urbana-Champaign offers a high quality of life at a low cost of living. The culturally diverse area offers excellent and affordable housing and schools, a wide variety of cultural and culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor activity and recreation, all in a compact and bike-friendly footprint that minimizes commuting time. Chicago is three hours by car and reachable by train or air and offers all the enticements of a big city as well as a wide variety of national and international travel connections. The website Smile Politely  is a great source of information about the area.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1020429
Job Category: Faculty
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu