Bates College, Digital and Computational Studies

Position ID:Bates College-Digital and Computational Studies-DCSVAP [#24754, R2269]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational STudies
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Lewiston, Maine 04240, United States
Subject Areas: Computational Social Science
Computational Neurosciences
Applied Mathematics
Digital Humanities
Salary Range:competitive
Appl Deadline:2023/05/26 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/04/26, listed until 2023/05/26)
Position Description:    

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The Digital and Computational Studies (DCS) Program at Bates College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor to begin employment 01 August 2023.  Review of applications begins 15 May 2023 , and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching and/or supporting marginalized, first generation, and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.   The teaching load is 5 courses per academic year, either as a 2-3 across two semesters, or as a 2-2-1 across two semesters and the Bates short term.

Required qualifications:  Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in Data Science, Computer Science, or a related field (e.g., Digital Humanities, Applied Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Social Science)  by 01 August 2023.  Candidates will be expected to teach introductory programming-focused classes, and to offer additional data science courses within the broader DCS curriculum based on their area(s) of expertise.

The College and the DCS Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum.  Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply;  the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Preferred qualifications:  We especially encourage applications from candidates interested in interdisciplinary teaching and research; interested in mentoring undergraduate students; experience teaching programming and data science to students having a range of prior experience (including none); and/or evidence of supporting a diversity of students in data science, computer science, and/or related disciplines.  Prior experience teaching an introductory programming course is preferred, but not required.  

About DCS at Bates:  DCS is a new interdisciplinary program that seeks to build bridges between core elements of computer science, data science, and digital studies, connecting to the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other existing interdisciplinary programs on campus. The DCS curriculum asks students to interrogate the practices, values, cultures and assumptions of the digital world, while engaging with computing for social good.  This work is happening in conversation with a Bates-wide effort to interrogate how race, power, privilege, white supremacy, and colonialism relate to our curriculum (see Foundational Dialogues).  For more information about Digital and Computational Studies at Bates, see our webpage. DCS faculty are prepared to support candidates as they develop courses designed for an interdisciplinary program.

Resources at Bates:  Bates provides funding opportunities for professional conference travel and structured mentoring programs for faculty.  Additionally, Bates is home to the Digital Media Studios, a facility providing equipment and expertise for a wide range of audio and visual media, as well as the Visualization Lab, which includes Extended Reality studios and 3D printing. 

How To Apply:  Applicants should submit all requested materials through Interfolio and should include the following:

   A cover letter stating your qualifications, both scholarly and pedagogical, for this position as well as your interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college such as Bates College.

   A statement speaking to how your teaching, scholarship and/or service might contribute to equity,  inclusion, and antiracism in the campus community.

  A current CV.

After candidates have been selected for an initial video-conference, they will be asked to submit letters of reference. Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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