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San Diego State University

College of Sciences

Department of Computer Science

Chair of Computer Science



The Department of Computer Science seeks an outstanding scholar to chair the Department starting in Fall 2017. We anticipate multiple new faculty hires in the next five years and seek a dynamic leader to move the department forward.

We seek candidates with an active and vibrant research program. Candidates must have a PhD in computer science or a related discipline with credentials commensurate with the appointment at the rank of Full Professor. The ideal candidate has an outstanding record of scientific accomplishments and administrative leadership as well as the ability to recruit, mentor and retain diverse research-intensive faculty, maintain a collegial and ethical environment, and work with students of diverse backgrounds.

The Department is on an upward trajectory with annual research expenditures growing to an average of $1M/year over the last three years. Research strengths include machine learning, robotics, bioacoustics, storage systems, wireless networks, bioinformatics, and medical informatics. The Department offers BS and MS degrees in Computer Science to around 600 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students. The Department has 12 tenure-track faculty and 3 lecturers ( The San Diego region is a large metropolitan area that hosts a wide variety of high-tech companies including the communication and biotech industries, providing extensive opportunities for collaboration with industry.

SDSU ( is a large, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU offers 81 bachelor’s degrees, 78 masters, and 21 doctorates. SDSU received $120 million external grants in the fiscal year of 2014 – 2015. SDSU ranked 79 among US public research universities by US News & World Report. Our campus community is diverse in many ways and we strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

Applicants should apply via Questions about the position may be directed to Applicants will be considered until the position is filled, but initial review of applications will begin on 1 November 2016.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.