Lecturer or Professor of Practice

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
College of Engineering and Information Technology
Department of Information Systems /
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering


UMBC’s College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) is searching for an experienced teaching faculty member to focus on the needs of incoming computing majors at UMBC through teaching, advising, and helping develop complementary programs aimed at helping new majors persist and succeed. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes, with about 50% at the freshman level, but will also work with a committee of interested faculty across departments to develop and implement programs for freshmen and new transfers. The start date for this position is July 2015.

UMBC has four computing majors: a B.S. in Information Systems and a B.A. in Business Technology Administration, both housed in the Department of Information Systems; and a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, both housed in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. This cluster of majors accounts for nearly 20% of the undergraduate population, more than any other discipline. The challenge lies in ensuring that computing students choose a major that truly interests them, and then persist and succeed in that program. The candidate filling this position will be expected to take a leadership role in addressing this challenge through teaching, advising, and planning programs.

Candidates for this position must have an M.S. in computer science, information systems, or a relevant discipline. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated outstanding teaching, leadership, teamwork, communication and organizational abilities. Candidates who have an exceptional record and who have earned a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline may be considered for an appointment at the rank of Professor of the Practice. This position is intended to be a 12-month appointment with substantial teaching, service, and management responsibilities.

Initial appointments are for a period of three years, with performance- based reappointments thereafter. Appointees at the Lecturer level would be eligible for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer after six years, or earlier, depending on prior experience. Lecturers and Professors of the Practice are not eligible for tenure.

To apply. Submit a cover letter, a teaching statement, three reference letters, complete CV, and evidence of excellence in teaching. (The teaching statement may include a description of how other academic, industrial, or government experience informs your teaching and mentoring approach. Evidence of teaching excellence may include university-administered course evaluations, letters from current or former students, and/or original course materials that demonstrate pedagogy innovations.) All applications must be submitted via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate interviewing selected candidates in early February. Inquiries may be directed to . Please DO NOT send CVs or other application materials to this address; any such emails will be disregarded.

Information about UMBC, COEIT, and the CSEE and IS Departments

UMBC is a selective, medium-sized public research university located in suburban Maryland, close to BWI Airport. The campus community includes 11,000 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students, 500 full-time faculty, and 1250 other employees. We are surrounded by a major concentration of commercial, cultural and scientific activity.

UMBC has received many accolades for the quality of its undergraduate programs: U.S. News & World Reports recognition for Up-and-Coming Universities (#1 for four years running), Undergraduate Teaching (top ten), and Most Diverse (#1); a Princeton Review Best Value rating; and a Chronicle of Higher Education Great Place to Work. CBS’s 60 Minutes recently featured UMBC and our president, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, calling UMBC “one of America’s most innovative colleges.” UMBC is also a two-time winner of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

CSEE is UMBC’s largest department, with 34 tenure-track faculty, six teaching faculty, and 16 research faculty. We currently have approximately 1,400 undergraduate students (over 10% of UMBC’s undergraduate population) in two programs — computer science and computer engineering — and 250 graduate students in three core programs — computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.

The IS department has 23 tenure-track faculty, and 6 full-time lecturers. The IS department has over 980 undergraduate students pursuing a BS degree in Information Systems or a BA degree in Business Technology Administration. In addition, there are more than 450 graduate students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs in Information Systems, Human-Centered Computing, or Healthcare IT.

The UMBC Center for Women In Technology is dedicated to increasing the representation of women in engineering and computing fields and helps to attract and retain women majors in our programs. UMBC’s well known Meyerhoff Scholars Program produces a large number of graduate students from underrepresented minorities.

UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; its efforts in promoting the hiring and advancement of women in science and engineering, initially funded by an NSF ADVANCE award, have been institutionalized and made part of the fabric of our university’s commitment to diversity. We welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.