Assistant/Associate Professor, Software Engineering

Florida Gulf Coast University
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Summary

With Florida Gulf Coast University experiencing double digit enrollment increases and record high application volume, this is an ideal time for innovative software engineering candidates to consider a move to Southwest Florida, where the economy is strong and poised for growth in the coming decade. FGCU enjoys strong support from companies located in the region, including Arthrex, Callminer, Gartner, and Lee Health as well as the real estate and hospitality industries.

The ABET-accredited Department of Software Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering seeks candidates to help meet the strong demand for graduates to work in software applications, cybersecurity and other computationally based industries as we expand degree programs and collaborate with faculty in disciplines such as computer and information sciences, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, computational chemistry and others.

We are currently seeking two professors at the Assistant/Associate rank, each possessing a Ph.D. in software engineering, computer science, computer engineering or closely related field.

Successful candidates will teach, be involved in course and/or curriculum development, take part in college and university committees and initiatives and engage in community service. Help strengthen and expand the course of this burgeoning department located on FGCU’s lush 800-acre campus where sustainability is a primary focus. A 125,000-squrefoot LEED-certified classroom and lab building will open in the current academic year.

FGCU is a regional university with more than 15,000 students and 500 faculty. Situated in Southwest Florida between the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, it offers an exceptional environment for living and learning. Half of the 800-acre campus is preserved in its natural state and all students complete a course in sustainability and an 80-hour community service requirement. Southwest Florida provides an exceptional quality of life with lush beaches, year-round recreational opportunities and a subtropical climate. The region offers an ideal environment in which to raise a family.

Anticipated starting date is January 2, 2022. This search will remain open until all positions are filled.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Essential Job Duties
  • As an Assistant/Associate Professor of Software Engineering you will teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as applicable; be involved in course and/or curriculum development; develop and publish research/scholarship and seek funding; participate on Department, College, and University committees and initiatives.
  • Florida Gulf Coast University is dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs; committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning; committed to effective use of technology including distance learning; produce peer reviewed scholarship; and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications
  • An earned Doctorate in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or in a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
  • ABD for the assistant rank will be considered if degree is conferred by the start date. If the successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at the Lecturer level on a fixed contract.
  • Candidates seeking appointment at the Associate Rank should have demonstrable evidence of significant contributions in teaching and scholarship.
  • Teaching, research, and professional service interests in Software Engineering.
  • Scholarship and/or industry experience in Software Engineering

Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching and research interests in disciplinary areas that complement and/or supplement the expertise within the software engineering department.
  • Prior experience in teaching, research, industry, and/or extramural funding.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate software engineering courses, and mentor students.
  • Ability to publish in regional, national, and international venues appropriate to the discipline.
  • Ability to deal effectively with a diverse range of learners and to use information technology as a pedagogical and professional tool.
  • Have skills in working in a rapidly developing regional comprehensive university with a focus on creating a student-learning environment among diverse academic disciplines.
  • Potential for success and achieving excellence in university teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Potential to develop grant proposals and seek extramural funding – Assistant Rank.
  • Evidence of success in seeking extramural funding – Associate Rank.
  • Interest in collaborating both within and outside of the university in the development and delivery of instruction.
  • A commitment to collaborate with other faculty to develop a shared vision of the future.
  • Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in the development and delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning and/or scholarly activities.
  • Must value continued scholarship and service to the department, college, and university.
  • Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available January or August 2022.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Five (5) Professional References

The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by September 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

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