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Brown CS Seeks Applicants For Lecturer Positions

The Department of Computer Science at Brown University seeks applicants for multiple faculty positions at the rank of lecturer, senior lecturer, or distinguished senior lecturer. The initial appointment would be for a 3-year period (renewable with potential for promotion and longer-term contracts). These positions are a part of a major expansion plan for the department as it plans to increase its roster by 50% over the next five years.

These positions involve teaching four undergraduate courses per year and advising undergraduate CS majors. At least some of the teaching would be in first- and second-year courses. Candidates will also teach some upper-level undergraduate courses, based on their expertise and department needs. The department seeks candidates who will contribute to its overall intellectual culture; lecturers are included in faculty meetings, advise undergraduate research projects, and participate in graduate research with the rest of the faculty. Lecturers with substantial research participation and supporting funds may be eligible for periodic course
release. The department values teaching and educational innovation, and welcomes candidates interested in formally researching computing education in the context of their teaching. Brown offers a vibrant community for both teaching and research, with 33 tenured and tenure- track faculty members, one lecturer, three research faculty and several adjunct and visiting faculty members (with additional hiring planned over the next few years). The department has a strong undergraduate culture, anchored by a mature, endowed program for undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as a long history of published undergraduate research. Research and graduate programs leverage disciplinary strengths in CS as well as Brown’s broader interdisciplinary culture. CS is a founding partner in multiple university-wide initiatives including Data Science, Computational and Molecular Biology, Cybersecurity, and Human-Centered Robotics.

The positions are expected to start in the fall of 2019. In selecting candidates, we will consider quality of teaching, evidence of effective teaching, and compatibility with the area needs and interests of the department, as well as potential for effective participation in department or university activities and committees. For all applicants, we will consider potential for impact beyond Brown (through teaching, research, significant system building, outreach, or other professional activities, as appropriate for the candidate).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the start of the position. Applicants must submit a CV, a teaching statement, and an additional statement describing either research or other significant professional activities beyond classroom instruction (as appropriate for the candidate’s background and interests). Candidates must also arrange for at least three letters of reference to be submitted through the application website.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and global academic community. As an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. The department is similarly committed to building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages women, underrepresented minorities and those who can contribute to the excellence, diversity, and inclusivity of our academic community. We strongly encourage the candidates to report any relevant experience, including work with diverse constituents, and plans in their teaching statements.

Brown University is located in Providence, RI, close to Narragansett Bay, an hour from Boston and about three hours from New York City. Providence has been consistently rated among the Northeast's most livable cities and is home to diverse intellectual, artistic, and business communities.

To apply, please use Interfolio ( Initial review will begin on October 1, 2018, but applications will be considered until the position(s) are filled. Inquiries may be addressed to: