Department Chair and Professor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 22, 2019
Nov 03, 2019
Full Time
Department Chair and Professor

The Department of Computer Science at George Mason University invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. The Department of Computer Science has 42 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 12 teaching-track faculty with wide-ranging research interests, and strong research groups in cybersecurity, systems and networks, machine learning and data mining, artificial intelligence and software engineering. The Department has seen a substantial increase in computer science majors as enrollment has grown from 550 undergraduates in 2012 to more than 1700 today. The department has nearly 130 PhD students and more than 350 graduate students enrolled in four MS programs. The Department has $8.5 million in annual research expenditures, 14 recipients of the prestigious CAREER/Young Investigator Awards, four IEEE Fellows, and two ACM Fellows.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Department Chair is the chief academic and administrative leader for the department and serves as a key member of the School's leadership team. The Chair of Computer Science will provide vision and leadership to advance the department, positioning the department as a leader in innovation and education in computing. S/he will guide a robust scholarship and research agenda, promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, including the development of collaborative academic programs, and grow the proportion of women and minorities in the educational programs.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field and qualify to be a tenured professor in the Department of Computer Science. Competitive candidates will have an outstanding record in research with a strong record of funding, along with a genuine understanding of the teaching mission and the importance of providing undergraduate and graduate students with the highest quality educational experience. A demonstrated commitment to the effective mentoring of junior faculty is essential. The next Department Chair must have the leadership skills and vision to advance the Department to new heights, which includes a strong sense of where the field is headed and an understanding of several sub-disciplines of computer science. S/he will have unassailable personal and academic integrity, strong oral and written communication skills, and a focus on openness and transparency.

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education, with approximately 250 full-time faculty. The school boasts more than 8,170 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Volgenau School researchers earned more than $90 million in awards over the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its excellence in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, classified at the R1 highest research activity level, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system. In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

Mason is assisted in this search by Russell Reynolds Associates, a global search and leadership advisory firm. Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must electronically submit a curriculum vitae and vision statement. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Confidential electronic inquiries concerning this search should be directed to

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For full consideration applicants must complete the online application at for position number F366AZ; and upload a curriculum vitae and vision statement. Please attach the vision statement as 'other doc'.

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