State Farm Endowed Chair in Cybersecurity

Illinois State University, Normal
Salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Jul 26, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The School of Information Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology seeks a distinguished scholar at the Associate Professor or Professor rank to fill a nine-month, tenured appointment as the State Farm Endowed Chair in Cybersecurity to begin January 1, 2018, or August 16, 2018. Qualified candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, or a closely-related field. The Endowed Chair will provide a leadership role for the Cybersecurity program, with time reassigned each semester from classroom teaching to coordinate the curriculum, mentor students and colleagues, represent the program to on-campus and external partners, pursue an independent scholarly agenda, and provide leadership related to research and creative activity. The primary teaching need is at the undergraduate level, but some graduate instruction is possible. All candidates are expected to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills. For teaching positions, state law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position. Salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

The qualified candidate must demonstrate commitment to and have an established record of both scholarly teaching and high quality, refereed research in the fields of cybersecurity or information assurance. The School emphasizes balanced excellence in innovative instruction and research. Coordinating and mentoring undergraduate and Master’s student research is part of the balanced excellence. The successful candidate will be instrumental in maintaining the School’s designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE/CD). No less important, the successful candidate will also maintain strong relationships with industry partners, and obtain grants.

For full consideration, applicants must attach (a) a cover letter, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) statement of research philosophy, (d) statement of teaching philosophy, and (e) contact information for three references to posting number 0709668 via this link: Application deadline: Open until filled or withdrawn.  Priority consideration will be given to applicants who submit information by September 30, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the posting or the position, please contact Mary Elaine Califf.

Mary Elaine Califf, Director and Associate Professor

School of Information Technology

Illinois State University

Normal, IL 61790-5480  

The School: The School of Information Technology ( is one of eight units in the College of Applied Science and Technology. The School offers four undergraduate majors in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Systems, and Network and Telecommunications Management and a Master of Science in Information Systems. The undergraduate CS and IS programs are accredited by ABET. The School has approximately 650 undergraduates, approximately 150 of whom are Cybersecurity majors, and 80 graduate students and 21 full-time faculty.

Illinois State University and the College of Applied Science and Technology: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 20,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. Illinois State University ( is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. The Chronicle of Higher Education has named the university a "Great College to Work For." Visit for more achievements. The College of Applied Science and Technology ( is home to a variety of disciplines, which include: Department of Agriculture, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, School of Information Technology, School of Kinesiology and Recreation, Department of Military Science and Department of Technology.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity.

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