Job Details

Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Position Number: 4821505
  • Location: Mankato, MN
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Computer Information Science, Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor (AA25026)

Division: Academic Affairs
Department: Science, Engineering & Tech., College of
Unit: Computer Information Science209, IFO
Location: St. Paul
FLSA: Exempt
Employment Condition: Probationary
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Posting Details:
APPLICATION DEADLINE:Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2024 and will continue until the position has been filled.
POSITION: Tenure Track (Probationary*)

Salary Minimum:
Salary Maximum:
Salary Type: Depends on qualifications
Bargaining Unit/Plan: 209, IFO

Job Description:
This position is for a founding director who will also serve as one of two founding faculty who will launch and support our department's new undergraduate work-based software engineering (SE) program.After completing two years of core studies either at Minnesota State University, Mankato or another institution, students compete for a position in our upper-division SE program. The upper division experience starts with a one-semester residential "Academy" that takes place in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, during which students are prepared for four semesters of work in industry including mastering skills for self-directed learning and finding a co-op placement. Students then move on to four semesters of working at a paid co-op position in industry combined with virtual/distance study with our faculty. The work-based SE curriculum combines technical software engineering training with the professional skills development necessary to succeed in a STEM.Responsibilities in this position include serving as the founding director of the new program, framing and providing guidance to the team that runs the residential "Academy" semester, coaching and supporting students' SE co-op work, teaching core and elective upper-division SE topics courses, and advising SE students. Course topics that SE faculty will teach include software engineering; project management; software quality, measurement and testing; software requirements; software architecture and design; leadership, metacognition, teamwork, written and oral communication, ethics, diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and professional and personal responsibility; software process, lifecycle, and sustainability. Courses are delivered both in person during the Academy and virtually during the four semesters of co-op.Candidates must have at least five years' professional experience working as a software engineer, or in a closely related job position. This minimum of demonstrated applied experience is required.The successful candidate will serve as the program leader, frame and guide the new SE program overall, mentor more junior faculty and other program team members, engage with industry partners to help create successful co-op experiences for SE students; participate in curriculum design, instruction, and evaluation; help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion; seek external funding; and eventually help lead the ABET accreditation process for the SE program.
  • This position will be based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twenty four (24) credits of instruction per academic year.

  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.

  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and develop external funding.

  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (See Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.

Required Qualifications:
  • A minimum of eighteen credits of graduate study in software engineering, computer science, information technology, management information science, or a closely related computing field, completed and documented on an official transcript at the date of appointment.

  • A minimum of five years professional experience working in software engineering or a closely related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to serve a diverse population and apply an equity lens to this position including social justice and/or anti-racism.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.

  • Masters or PhD degree in software engineering, computer science, information technology, management information science, or a closely related computing field.

  • Demonstrated experience in starting and successfully growing new projects, organizations, or businesses.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to support development of industry partner relationships, particularly in garnering and supporting the software engineering co-ops that form the basis of the software engineering program.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach the following courses, along with additional courses depending on the departments needs. Upper division undergraduate courses in software engineering; software quality, measurement and testing; software requirements; software architecture and design; and/or software process, lifecycle, and sustainability.

  • Demonstrated understanding of, ability to support, and/or experience with using project-based and/or work-based learning pedagogical methods in a computing field, including teaching, advising, and/or mentoring students in such programs.

  • Demonstrated/documented experience teaching and fostering learning success among diverse student populations including first-generation students, second-language learners, international students, and other student populations that are under-represented in the STEM fields.

  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication, and presentation skills, particularly in working with students, staff, and faculty.

Other Requirements:
Work safely at all times, which includes but is not limited to, participating and completing all required safety trainings, as well as performing all job tasks in accordance with Minnesota State University, Mankato policies and procedures utilizing appropriate tools, equipment and personal protective equipment.

The Department of Computer Information Science is comprised of 15 full-time faculty members actively engaged in teaching, research, and service. The department offers undergraduate majors in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Application Development, and Health Informatics; masters degrees in Information Technology, Data Science, Information Security & Risk Management, and Health Informatics and Analytics; and minors and certificates for students with varying interests and backgrounds.

Applications from qualified candidates who are currently in or have served in the past in industrial positions are welcomed. Appropriate weighting will be given to all candidates for demonstrated success in teaching and research in industrial settings.

University Demographics Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university and to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities. The focus of the work includes: Enhancing access and student success. Providing Minnesota with the talent it needs. Anchoring the communities and regions we serve.Equity 2030 seeks to bridge efforts occurring within divisions and institutions, creating an intentional statewide culture of equity-minded collaboration and resulting in equitable practice embedded throughout our institutions. The full Equity 2030 plan is linked here. Minnesota State University, Mankato has identified five broad themes as our basis for discussion in developing our next comprehensive strategic plan. The themes are Serving Students and Managing Enrollment, Focusing our Resources, Offering an Exceptional Student Experience, Caring for Health and Well-Being, and Ensuring a Welcoming, Equitable, and Inclusive University. We seek to attract teacher-scholars who will be culturally and academically diverse faculty members, and staff with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the second largest university in Minnesota with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 44,500 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University acknowledges the land and the tribal nations upon this land whose work is being accomplished. We acknowledge that we are on Dakota land. We also take the opportunity to recognize that we live, work, and learn in the homeland of the Dakota people, whose language frames our name-Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Serving approximately 17,900 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with more than 200 academic programs, from bachelors through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18% students of color and 1,175 + international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions and extensive partnerships. With 1,600 faculty and staff, including 700 teaching faculty. The University has additional locations and a growing number of on-line programs to accelerate educational access and opportunity. These locations include partnerships in northern Minnesotas the iron range region. Fast facts about the university can be found here: APPLICATION PROCEDURES:To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website: A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Cover Letter
  • Non-Photo Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information for three (3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of the highest degree completed as well as any additional Unofficial Transcripts of other previous or current graduate coursework that will be used to meet Required and Preferred Qualifications listed above.
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement defining diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and describing your views and actions toward advancing DEI including dimensions of social justice and racial equity related to race, gender, ability and culture. How would your views and prior actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusion align with Minnesota State University, Mankatos goals?
  • A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests
  • A written statement (no more than two pages) of your teaching philosophy (including your experience of familiarity with the use of project- or work-based learning and/or learning outside of the traditional classroom);
  • Teaching evaluations or other record of successful teaching

Lin Chase
Computer Information Science Department
Phone: 507-389-5998
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:
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Benefits Info:
The following link provides a brief overview of benefits available to eligible employees of Minnesota State University.

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Benefits Overview

Posting Number: M380M
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/19/2024
Position End Date (if temporary):
Open Date: 11/28/2023
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions Summary:

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Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Office of Human Resources, 507-389-2015 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This Vacancy Notice is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity University and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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