Lecturer/Professor of the Practice of Information Systems
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
The UMBC Department of Information Systems invites applications for two positions at the
Lecturer or Professor of the Practice levels with a start date of either Spring semester 2022 or
Fall semester 2022.
The Department has 36 full-time faculty and over 1,600 students, including over 1100
undergraduate students. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Information Systems
and Business Technology Administration. Graduate degree programs, MS and PhD, are offered
in both Information Systems and Human-Centered Computing, including an innovative online
MS program in IS. In addition, the Department houses the Master's in Health Information
Technology and the Master's in Software Engineering, both as professional degree programs.
We offer several accelerated BS/MS options for our students. Our faculty are actively engaged
in collaborative interdisciplinary research within and across departments and institutions. Five of
our current faculty have received NSF CAREER awards. IS faculty members lead four research
centers: the Center for Real-time Distributed Sensing and Autonomy (CARDS), the Interactive
Systems Research Center (ISRC), NSF HDR institute for Harnessing Data and Model
Revolution in the Polar Regions (iHARP), and the UMBC site of the Center for Advanced Real
Time Analytics (CARTA). We are also host to two NSF Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) grants to support a culture of undergraduate research. Further details
can be found at https://informationsystems.umbc.edu/.
UMBC is a public research university that is leading the world in inclusive excellence in research
and teaching. UMBC is ranked #6 among all U.S. universities in both undergraduate
teaching and innovation (US News). To continue to support this goal, the Center for the
Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) provides excellent support such as classroom
observation, collection and analysis of student feedback as well as regular workshops and
pedagogical demonstrations. Our students can leverage our location near government
agencies, such as NIH, NASA, NSF, NIST, DOD, NIDILRR and USGS. UMBC's strategic
location in the Baltimore-Washington corridor puts us close to many high-tech companies and
local area medical and nursing schools as well. The 2020 Chronicle of Higher Education also
named UMBC as one of the great colleges to work for, for the eleventh year in a row. The
department, college and UMBC are deeply committed to the success of all of our faculty. We
offer regular and structured support for faculty to develop a thriving and successful teaching
career. The campus is close to both energetic urban centers and family-friendly suburbs.
Nearby cities such as Columbia and Ellicott City have been routinely ranked in the top 10 best
places to live in the US by Money Magazine.
The successful candidate will be actively involved in teaching and advising the department's
undergraduate students. This candidate will have experience in one or more areas of teaching
that are relevant to our discipline, including technical, programming and/or management
courses. The Information Systems (IS) Department is multi-disciplinary, placing a strong
emphasis on the theory and application of information systems. At a minimum, candidates must
have earned a MS in a relevant area. There is a pathway for promotion at UMBC from Lecturer,
to Sr. Lecturer to Principal Lecturer. Candidates with an earned Ph.D. and significant industrial
or governmental background are encouraged to apply and may be considered for an
appointment as a Professor of the Practice.
All candidates are expected to demonstrate their commitment to diversity in all aspects of the
position, to include teaching, mentoring, service, or community engagement. Our Department
strives to obtain an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through building an inclusive
climate and culture focused on a common objective of excellence in education, research and
student success. UMBC is a national model for diversity and inclusive excellence in STEM.
Examples of these are our Meyerhoff Scholar programs (http://meyerhoff.umbc.edu/), the
Center for Women in Technology (http://cwit.umbc.edu), PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP
(https://promise.umbc.edu/) and McNair Scholars (https://mcnair.umbc.edu/) programs.
Inclusive excellence is a hallmark of UMBC and a foundational value of our community. UMBC
is the nation's #1 producer of Black undergraduates who go on to complete a Ph.D. in the
natural sciences or engineering and #1 for Black undergraduates who complete an M.D./Ph.D.,
based on NSF data.
The IS department is proud to support a diverse student and faculty body in terms of gender,
race, and ethnicity. The IS faculty has a culture of inclusive excellence, demonstrated by both
academic research such as community engaged scholarship, research on improving
accessibility of technology to individuals with disabilities, as well as efforts to address diversity
issues in STEM through efforts such as CWIT scholar program and starting a regional chapter
of Women in Data Science and Machine Learning. More than half of the leadership positions in
the department including the chair are currently held by women faculty.
Applications for the positions must be submitted as PDF files via Interfolio at
http://apply.interfolio.com/94398. An informational webinar will also be held in mid
November. If you are interested in the webinar, please register at
https://forms.gle/Rnfb9ezu1HTuKNU17. Review of applications will start in November 2021 and
will continue until positions are filled.
A complete submission will consist of:
1) Cover letter
3) One-page statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
4) One-page statement of teaching philosophy.
5) At least three letters of reference.
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications
from minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Information Systems and Technology - Faculty Position, Location: Baltimore, MD - 21250