College of Engineering: Head and Professor - Computer Science (F1700086)

Head and Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader as Head of the Department of Computer Science (CS). This individual will succeed Professor Rob A. Rutenbar, who was recently appointed Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

The new Head will lead a department that has continuously advanced the forefront of computing research and innovation since its inception, and whose faculty and alumni pioneered the modern computing era. From ILLIAC to Blue Waters, PLATO to Lotus Notes, OpenMP to MPI, Mosaic to YouTube, and the first vectorizing compilers to LLVM, the department's faculty, students, and alumni have driven game-changing breakthroughs for both science and society at-large. The new Head will be uniquely positioned to build on the considerable strengths and illustrious history of the department to lead the next chapter of the digital revolution.

A key component of the College of Engineering, one of the nation's elite engineering schools, the CS department is home to a U.S. News & World Report top-5 graduate program. The department offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including innovative new cross-disciplinary CS+X degrees for undergraduates, as well as a newly launched MOOC-based master's program in Data Science. CS conducts outstanding programs in computer science education and research, embracing all major technical specializations in the profession, and is at the heart of the University of Illinois' rich network of interdisciplinary centers and institutes. These include the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Information Trust Institute, and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center. CS currently employs 64 tenure track faculty members, 16 teaching and research faculty, and 44 academic and research staff and professionals, and enrolls some 1700 undergraduate students and 680 graduate students. The CS department is based at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science, a state-of-the-art building inaugurated in 2004. More details about the department can be found at

The Head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finance, academic affairs, external relations, and advancement, and is a tenured Professor in the department. The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the University's education, research, and service missions and will possess the scholarly record, leadership skills, and strategic capacity to advance the department. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry, or government environment, the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a commitment to diversity.

The Head position is a full-time, twelve-month administrative appointment accompanied by a full-time, tenured Professor appointment with full University benefits. The desired start date for this position is as soon as possible. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 10, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

The University has retained Witt/Kieffer, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Nominations and applications, including cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names/contact information for three references, should be submitted electronically to Witt/Kieffer consultants John K. Thornburgh and Brian Bloomfield at the email address The consultants can be reached by telephone, care of Donna Janulis at 630-575-6131 .

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Engineering
Category: Faculty and Other Academic
Title: College of Engineering: Head and Professor - Computer Science (F1700086)
Open Date: 08/11/2017
Organization Name: Engineering Dean