Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number::


Recruitment Type::

Open to All Applicants

Position Title::

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Position Type::


Position Status::

Regular Full-time

Benefits Status::

Benefits Eligible



Hiring Range::

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Computer Science Department

Posting Date::


Closing Date:

Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled.

Work Schedule::

Full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor position for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning September 1, 2022.

General Description::

The Computer Science Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2022-23 academic year beginning September 2022. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year possible based on University circumstances and needs. We seek an enthusiastic computer scientist committed to excellence in teaching in a liberal arts environment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities::

Teaching responsibilities include introductory computer science, relational database management, and web programming.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities::

A commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work with a diverse undergraduate student population.

Required Qualifications::

  • Record of strong teaching at the undergraduate level or demonstrated potential.
  • Master’s degree or higher by September 1, 2022 in computer science or a closely related field.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States on hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications::

Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Special Instructions to Applicants::

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of 3 references (confidential letters of reference may be requested by PLU for finalists)
  • Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • A statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.

For questions or more information, please contact David Wolff, Chair of Computer Science, at [email protected]

Other Information::

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.
PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 percent of undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or [email protected].

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