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Assistant Professor - Computer Science (Des Moines)(2 Positions)

Central Washington University
South Des Moines, IA
Closing date
Mar 19, 2023

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Job Summary

This position is at the CWU Des Moines Center just south of Seattle, Washington. Working at CWU-Des Moines, you will have the opportunity to be a transformational teacher, researcher, and mentor to a diverse population of students transferring in at the junior level, seeking to become computer science professionals. You are responsible to the department chair in matters of teaching assignments, scholarship and service. You will teach an appropriate workload of both general computer science courses, as well as courses within your area of expertise. You will engage undergraduates in scholarship and service activities as part of your workload. You will integrate CWU's commitment to diversity and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all students.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

Tour our campus in Ellensburg here.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: .

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Computer Science or closely related field (ABD accepted but the dissertation must be completed within one year of employment)
Effective communication skills as demonstrated by submitted written materials and stated accomplishments on the vita
Demonstrated experience or potential to teach a wide range of upper-level undergraduate computer science courses using a variety of teaching modalities
Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in the use of inclusive teaching methodologies and approaches that will engage and inspire students from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential
Demonstrated commitment to mentoring/advising a multicultural population to expand and enhance their educational experience and career goals within and outside traditional classroom settings in accordance with the university philosophy supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic success

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability or potential to develop a quality research program incorporating undergraduates
Demonstrated ability or potential to engage in innovative curricular development at the undergraduate level
Experience in engaging and/or mentoring minoritized or underserved students in research, academic or professional opportunities, including programs designed to broaden participation of students in STEM
Commitment to secure external funding for student-centered teaching, research, and outreach opportunities
Experience or interest in developing and teaching online courses
Specialization in Networking, Network Security, Web and Mobile Development, Databases, Computational Statistics, Robotics, or Cloud Computing
Demonstrated experience or potential to teach Master's Degree program courses


Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary : Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment : Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Additional Summer teaching may be available.

Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.

Benefits : CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.

Additional Information: For additional information about the University, visit:
For additional information about the Des Moines Center, visit: Des Moines | Central Washington University (

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

A two or three page cover letter clearly addressing (a) how you meet the required (and as applicable) preferred qualifications and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting.
Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training, and accomplishments related to the position.
Contact information for three professional references (at least one who can specifically comment on teaching).
Teaching statement that includes your teaching philosophy, courses you are willing/able to teach, and how you will use inclusive teaching methodologies and approaches that will engage and inspire students from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.
Research statement that details plans for development of a research program at CWU that will engage undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in research and describe plans for obtaining extramural funding for predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs).
Diversity statement that demonstrates your experiences in advocacy for underserved students (including racial, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status) within teaching, service, scholarship, and outreach. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity to gain such experiences should describe how their interest, knowledge or training could contribute to such endeavors.
Unofficial copies of transcripts of highest degree held.

Screening Begins: October 30, 2022 and will be open until filled

**NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree. Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Bruce Palmquist
Title: Department Chair
Phone: 509-963-3142

Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here:

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