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Instructor of Data Science

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Position Information: DescriptionThe School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of North Dakota invites applications for a non-tenure-track instructional faculty position.  All focus areas of Data Science are welcome.  This position is a 9-month position contingent on availability of funding.

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is housed in the College of Engineering and Mines and currently offers BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, and Cyber Security; PhD degrees are offered in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Science.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota.  It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity.  UND is a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region.  UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students.  It is the home of the state’s only School of Aerospace Sciences, the state’s only School of Law and the state’s only School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  The School of Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota.  Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages.  Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium),  life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe successful applicant will receive a contract with an approximate distribution of 90% teaching and 10% service effort.  UND and the College of Engineering and Mines value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

    Instruction in an area of Data ScienceTeaching an approximately 4/5 course load in Data Science, both on-campus and at-a-distance, potentially including both classroom and laboratory settings.  Advising students in course planning and fulfilling graduation requirements.Communicating effectively in English with students, faculty, staff, and other professional colleagues in person and at-a-distanceUtilizing computer hardware and software to carry out teaching and service responsibilities to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceParticipating in school, college, university, and professional service activities
Required Competencies
    Excellent written and oral communication skills, including evidence of the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor studentsEffective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and studentsAbility to work with and engage diverse students and colleaguesAbility to adapt to current methods of teaching, including online deliveryAbility to communicate effectively in the English language
Minimum Requirements
    Master’s degree in Data Science or a closely related fieldSuccessful completion of criminal history records check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    Completion of a PhD degree in Data Science or a closely related fieldExperience teaching classes at the undergraduate levelExperience teaching classes at the graduate levelExpertise in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep LearningExpertise in Databases, Data Engineering, and Data MiningExpertise in Data Visualization and Predictive Modeling
Minimum Hiring SalaryCompetitive salary, based on qualifications

Work Schedule/Start DatePosition is full-time, benefitted and exempt.  Dates of initial contract are August 16, 2022 to May 15, 2023.

To ApplyFor full consideration, applications must be received by May 30, 2022 and include the following materials:

    Cover LetterResume2-page statement of teaching interestsNames and contact information for three (3) references

Position is open until filled.

Additional InformationTo find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out Grand Forks is Cooler.

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application MaterialsPursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO StatementThe University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s PreferenceVeterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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