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The Department faculty often collaborate on research with each other and with colleagues in other departments at the College. In addition, you will often find us discussing teaching techniques, approaches, and examples with each other.
Computer Science majors take 11 CS courses as well as math and science courses in addition to the College's Common Curriculum distribution requirements. Majors also do a required senior thesis under the supervision of a Department faculty member. In addition, the Department has many Interdepartmental (ID) majors, who typically take 8 courses in CS and 8 in their other department. ID majors are required to do a senior thesis that combines the two disciplines. The Department has had ID majors with just about every other department on campus, including Visual Arts, Modern Languages, Economics, Biology, Classics, etc... For more information about our curriculum, see the Course Catalog as well as our description of our unique introductory courses.
In addition to their thesis projects, students have other opportunities to be involved in research with faculty members in the department. For example, there are College funds available to support students as Summer Research Fellows. Students working with junior faculty get priority in the competitve process, and the Department has a very good record of having students funded each summer.
Faculty members at selective liberal arts colleges (SLACs) such as Union have professional lives that can be quite different from the professional lives of the faculty at their PhD-granting institutions. Therefore, as you prepare your application materials, you should keep in mind the expectations placed on faculty at SLACs; the search committee is looking for applicants who will succeed in the role.
The following are links to published articles and blog posts about expectations of faculty and of applicants for faculty positions at SLACs:
Applicants should submit the following with their application:
Tell us why you are applying and why you would like to work at a SLAC like Union. Summarize your research area and teaching interests. Let us know how you will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired.
We are looking for evidence that you have (at least some) teaching, tutoring, or teaching assistance experience and are thoughtful about why you want to teach and how to approach teaching. We want to know what you've learned about teaching from these experiences. We want to know what courses you are interested in teaching, and how you will approach that teaching. Use concrete examples for illustration.
We are looking for evidence that you can sustain an independent research program, particularly at a liberal arts college without graduate students. Tell us about your research experience, and your plans for your future research. Explain your research for a general computer science audience; your ability to explain your research to us is one indicator of your potential to reach our students. Your research statement should comment on the extent to which you can involve undergraduates in your research program.
Applicants should also submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) and have three (3) recommenders submit letters of recommendation. If possible, try to have at least one recommender who can speak to your experience or promise as an educator.
We will begin reviewing applications starting December 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.
If you have any questions, please contact the search committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.