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Director - Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences

Florida International University

Florida International University

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

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  • Opening Date: 2023-01-11
  • Job Opening Id: 528576
  • College/Division: College of Engineering and Computing
  • Department: Knight Found School of CIS

Job Information

The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS) at the Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, is looking for a visionary leader to continue its evolution and rapidly growing visibility, research and student success. This is an exciting time for KFSCIS and the College as South Florida is rapidly expanding its technology workforce in tandem with the MiamiTech initiatives.

KFCIS is hiring for a position of full professor with tenure and administrative duties of School Director. The School Director is the Chief Administrative Officer of the School, reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing and working closely with the Office Of The Dean and central University administrative units to coordinate and promote undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the School research agenda. The School Director serves as a leader and facilitator for the success and well-being of the academic unit faculty and staff. The Director is expected to promote an environment conducive to faculty productivity and student achievement and an atmosphere of mutual respect, equity, and collegiality among faculty and students.

We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in all areas of Computer Science that complement and enhance our current research strengths. Expertise in interdisciplinary areas is particularly encouraged. Applicants must hold a doctorate in Computer Science or a related field.

Candidates must have stature in the field, the ability to represent the School among internal and external constituents and stakeholders, a commitment to teaching, diversity, and inclusivity, an active and sustainable record of excellence in funded research, publications, and professional service, a network including industrial and government partnerships, a vision for innovation and growth in alignment with the University’s and College’s mission and vision, and the Miami Tech movement, and demonstrated leadership in large scale collaborative or interdisciplinary projects. Successful applicants must be committed to teaching excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels, have leadership skills, and experience managing faculty, staff, budget, curriculum, and the ABET accreditation process. Applications are also encouraged from candidates with highly transformative research programs that extend the frontiers of computing.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

KFSCIS is ranked among the top 50 public Computer Science departments (#38-42) by Times Higher Education (THE) Worldwide 2023. NSF HERD report ranks FIU #38 in R&D research expenditures in computer and information sciences. Other computer science rankings among public universities: #41-44 (QS World University Rankings), #63 (U.S. News and World Report Global Rankings), #81 (U.S. News and World Report – Graduate Program Rankings).

Our multi-year expansion provides a plan to add 20 new faculty members over five years. We aim to strategically add multiple tenured and tenure-track faculty members this year to improve our rankings among the nation’s top Computer Science programs. Computer Science has been identified as one of the University’s strategic growth areas, and KFSCIS has launched many initiatives and degree programs to produce technologically-trained expertise for the burgeoning South Florida Tech Hub.

Currently, KFSCIS has 35 tenure-track faculty members, many with NSF and DOE CAREER awards and others who have been nationally recognized for their contributions. KFSCIS has six research centers, including federally-funded centers of excellence. The School is engaged in many exciting research, education, and outreach programs and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Majors include: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Telecommunications & Networking, and Data Sciences. KFSCIS has several computing clusters with first-rate computing and support infrastructure and enjoys broad and dynamic industry and international partnerships.

KFSCIS is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic community. We welcome applications from women, disabled individuals, and underserved communities. Dual-career couples and individuals from qualified research groups intending to relocate together are encouraged to mention this in their cover letters.

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as R1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity as well as a Community Engaged University. FIU is among the 5 largest universities in the nation and is ranked number #1 in the nation awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students. FIU’s colleges and schools offer more than 190 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law, including a variety of fully online programs. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU has been locally and globally engaged for more than four decades finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and the university’s centers and institutes reflect the diversity of FIU’s research interests and activities.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 528576 at https://facultycareers.fiu.edu/ and attach cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research and diversity statement based on the university guidelines and contact information for three references as a single pdf file. References will be contacted as determined by the search committee. Nominations and inquiries about this position can be directed to Dr. Deidra Hodges at dhodges@fiu.edu. We will start to review applications on February 11th, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process. In this account, you are able to track your applicant status in "My Applications".

To be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position and be in good performance standing.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.

*This posting will close at 12:00 am of the close date.

How To Apply

Current Employee

As a current employee, you must log into Employee Self Service (ESS) to apply for this and any other internal career opportunity of interest. In this account, you are able to track your applicant status in "My Applications".

To be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position and be in good performance standing.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume/ curriculum vitae, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

*This posting will close at 12:00 am of the close date.

Disclosures

Clery Notice

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the University Police department at Florida International University provides information on crimes statistics, crime prevention, law enforcement, crime reporting, and other related issues for the past three (3) calendar years. The FIU Annual Security report is available online at: https://police.fiu.edu/download/annual-security-fire-safety-report/.

To obtain a paper copy of the report, please visit the FIU Police Department located at 885 SW 109th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33199 (PG5 Market Station).

Pay Transparency

Florida International University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access, Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

About FIU

Florida International University is a top public university that drives real talent and innovation in Miami and globally. Very high research (R1) activity and high social mobility come together at FIU to uplift and accelerate learner success in a global city by focusing in the areas of environment, health, innovation, and justice. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of more than 56,000 and 290,000 Panther alumni. U.S. News and World Report places dozens of FIU programs among the best in the nation, including international business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks FIU among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good.

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