Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University

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Position Title: Department Chair - Computer Science and Engineering
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Computer Science / All areas
Appl Deadline:2018/12/31 (posted 2018/02/13)
Position Description:    

The University

More than 40,000 faculty and staff members play important roles in advancing the mission of Ohio State. Whether you teach students, care for patients, perform research or provide professional services, Ohio State offers something for nearly everyone to make a meaningful difference. As a member of the Buckeye community, you are poised for an exciting future at an outstanding institution that is rich in tradition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The College

Ohio State's College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture strive to foster a learning culture that prepares students to be key contributors to society through their technological, professional and personal skills. Our faculty and our students thrive in an environment of new ideas and concepts that expand the understanding of science, engineering and architecture.

In addition to being an innovative leader in engineering and architecture education, we endeavor to fulfill our university's land-grant mission of advancing Ohio's economic mobility, competitiveness and standard of living through our contributions toward technology and creativity, continuous improvement, a diverse workforce and lifelong learning. The college also is firmly committed to and a catalyst for the University's Discovery Themes – Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness.

Department Information

Ohio State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering has excelled in both research and education since 1968. The department has 42 tenured and tenure-track professors and 3 clinical-track professors. It provides a vibrant research environment, with annual research expenditures of over 10 million dollars, a Ph.D. program with nearly 200 students, and a thriving M.S. program. There are eight IEEE/ACM Fellows among the faculty. Traditional areas of research strength include artificial intelligence, computer systems, graphics, high-performance computing, networking, programming languages, software engineering, theory and algorithms, and visualization. These areas are complemented by recent growth in data analytics and cybersecurity. The faculty aspire to continue growing the department’s quality and reputation, while maintaining its high level of collegiality and its strong support for career development and entrepreneurial efforts.   

The department has extensive interdisciplinary collaborations at Ohio State, as well as joint appointments and faculty affiliations with several units including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Linguistics, Law, Translational Data Analytics, Biomedical Informatics, OSU Medical Center, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Systems Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

The department offers multiple undergraduate degree programs, with current enrollment of over 2,250 students, empowering them to pursue the education that meets their career goals. Students at all levels are encouraged to work on research in one of the many diverse areas of study. Graduates are in high demand and can be found working at some of the most innovative corporations and research laboratories, as well as continuing their research and teaching at leading academic institutions.

Position Overview

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University seeks candidates for the position of Department Chair. The Chair will drive the department forward towards its mission and set a vision for its growth, in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.

The successful candidate must have a strong record of research and teaching in the field, and a commitment to diversity and inclusive leadership.  Effective communication skills are essential to ensure broad faculty and staff participation in strategic decisions.  If not already inherent, a willingness to develop alumni and industry relationships is expected, in order to grow the advancement and development operations in the department.

All Chairs in the College of Engineering are members of the Dean’s Executive Committee and through that committee, are required to develop strong partnerships with other unit leaders and support the dean and the college leadership in working with other colleges, the university leadership and external partners. The Chair is also responsible for all communications between the Executive Committee and the unit’s faculty, staff and students. Delegation of fiscal and HR responsibilities to talented members of the department team is expected, as is the building of a broad faculty leadership team.

Plans and resources are available to grow the tenure-track faculty by ~15% over the new Chair’s four-year appointment period.  Growth will depend on the ability of the Chair and the faculty to increase research expenditures and create new and innovative partnerships with other departments, local and national industry, and federal and state agencies.

Experience Requirements

Required:  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Computer Science & Engineering or closely related field, as well as experience leading in and contributing to diverse learning environments.  Previous leadership experience in an academic setting and budget oversight experience are desired but not required. Applicants should demonstrate experience mentoring students and junior faculty.  In addition to such experiences, a successful applicant must possess a commitment to and demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a commitment to excellence in teaching. This position requires strong communication skills and excellent judgment, with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and work collaboratively with the college leadership. 

Application Instructions

The department chair position will offer competitive compensation and benefits.  Interested applicants should submit (1) cover letter, (2) full curriculum vitae, and (3) statement describing experiences and qualifications relevant to the position. Names of references should not be submitted at this stage of the application process.

The Ohio State University College of Engineering is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas including scholarship, instruction, and outreach. In the statement, describe experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals that promote a climate that values diversity and diversity and inclusion in one or more of these areas.  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. An initial review of applications will begin September 1, 2018. 

Unique Aspects of Computer/Data Science at Ohio State and in Columbus 

The Translational Data Analytics Institute at Ohio State is a major university-wide investment, consisting of >100 faculty (>50 hired in the last three years) with CSE benefitting from multiple hires in partnership with other units.  CSE, along with the Departments of Statistics and Mathematics, is one of the three pillars of the Data Analytics undergraduate major, currently the largest in the nation with >300 students. Continued investment in data analytics and cybersecurity is part of the university’s and the College’s strategic plan.

It is expected that the new Chair will lead CSE to take a pivotal role in these and other related opportunities at Ohio State and within the Columbus community, as noted below:

  • The Ohio State University is adjacent to Battelle Labs, the largest private research organization in the world responsible for >$5B of research at Battelle and within the 7 national laboratories managed by Battelle (including Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore and Brookhaven)
  • Columbus is home to IBM’s Client Center for Advanced Analytics
  • Columbus is home to the Columbus Collaboratory, a unique combination of the cyber and analytics resources of 7 Fortune 1000 companies that call Columbus home
  • Columbus has a large health-related industry, including OSU Wexner Medical Center, Ohio Health, Cardinal Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Abbott Labs, and CoverMyMeds (>$1B start-up)
  • Columbus has a long-established presence in insurance and banking, with headquarters of several companies such as Nationwide Insurance, and with JPMorgan Chase’s center of Information Technology operations  
  • Columbus is home to an active start-up community, fueled by surging grass-roots activity, and investments from major industry organizations in Central Ohio and by venture capital firms that include DriveCapital (>$30B), a major Midwest VC firm headquartered in Columbus
  • Columbus is the winner of the US Department of Transportation Smart City challenge
  • The university has strong connections with the automotive industry, including the local Honda R&D center   
  • Apple has committed to a unique long-term relationship with Ohio State, creating a digital learning initiative and investing in a unique iOS Design Laboratory
  • Amazon operations in Columbus have grown from 0 to 4600 employees in the last three years
  • Facebook is investing in data centers with >100 jobs to come in the next few years

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. 

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Further Info:
Computer Science and Engineering
395 Dreese Labs
2015 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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