Faculty Director, Data Science Graduate Program

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration, Faculty

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver (DU) is building an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff who teach and work in a supportive environment surrounded by people with a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  Our institutional DEI action plan can be found here. We invite applications for a professor of the practice or teaching professor series faculty position at any rank to serve as the Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Data Science program. Faculty in these series at the University of Denver have clear pathways to promotion and job security. We seek exceptional teaching faculty with academic and/or industry experience who are committed to delivering innovative learning experiences in formal and informal settings and who will authentically support our DEI mission.

Position Summary

The Master of Science in Data Science program is delivered on-campus and online. The online program is administered in collaboration with the online program management company 2U. The Faculty Director position is a 12-month appointment consisting of a 9-month, non-tenure-track faculty position and a 12-month administrative position managing the program, with job duties of the faculty position adjusted appropriately to account for administrative duties. Appointment series and rank will be commensurate with the background and experience of the applicant.

University of Denver

DU is the oldest and largest private, independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region, welcoming approximately 5700 undergraduate and 8000 graduate students to campus either in-person or virtually each year. Our students complete a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum in addition to a deep, hands-on immersion in their technical curricula. DU is a research university with high research activity and an exceptional commitment to its students. Recently, the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science moved into a new $63M building housing state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories, classrooms, offices and innovation spaces. All of our in-person academic programs are housed there.

Denver, the Mile High City, consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. Denver’s economy is rapidly growing and diversifying, with strengths in the aerospace, healthcare, financial tech, telecommunications, and IT-software sectors. Our region features a dry climate with 300 days of sunshine annually and surprisingly mild winters. The nearby Rocky Mountains provide beautiful views and abundant recreational opportunities year-round. The city of Denver is home to several major league sports teams, diverse neighborhoods, and strong cultural and food scenes.

Teaching Professorial Series

  • Teaching Assistant Professors will be candidates in the first two to seven years of post-doctorate experience with documented potential for excellence in teaching. Appointments at this rank will be made initially as a one-year contract renewable on a yearly basis for three years, followed by a three-year contract where renewal is contingent on formal performance review.
  • Teaching Associate Professors will be candidates who are mid-career teacher/scholars with documented excellence in teaching. At this rank, appointments of up to 5 years can be made.
  • Teaching Professors will be candidates at the top of their career as teacher/scholars with an extensive, documented excellence in teaching. Often candidates will have received awards for their teaching and have evidence of functioning as a mentor to other teaching faculty. Appointments of up to 7 years can be made for Teaching Professors.

Professor of the Practice Series

  • Assistant Professors of the Practice will be candidates with a Ph.D. in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of three years of relevant experience or candidates with an M.S. degree in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of 5 years of appropriate industry or equivalent experience with regionally recognized achievements.
  • Associate Professors of the Practice will be candidates with a Ph.D. in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of 6 years of appropriate industry or equivalent experience or candidates with an M.S. degree in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of 11 years of appropriate industry or equivalent experience with regionally or nationally recognized achievements.
  • Professors of the Practice will be candidates with a Ph.D. in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of 12 years of appropriate industry experience or candidates with an M.S. degree in an appropriate field of study and a minimum of 17 years of appropriate industry experience with nationally recognized achievements. 

Required Qualifications

  • M.S. in data science, computer science or a closely related field
  • Administrative experience in a university setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in data science, computer science or in a relevant field
  • Teaching experience in a college or university setting, including teaching with technology
  • Experience working in an industry setting or deep knowledge of industry needs relative to data science
  • Success in academic program development and management
  • Student advising, mentoring, or academic coaching experience

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 15, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. 

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range structure for this position is as follows:

  • Full = $86,000 - $95,000, plus $25,000 director’s stipend
  • Associate = $79,000 - $85,000, plus $20,000 director’s stipend
  • Assistant = $75,000 - $78,000, plus $15,000 director’s stipend

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

 Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 1–2-page teaching statement describing ways you would contribute to our graduate academic programs in data science. Include how your teaching practices would contribute to our DEI mission
  4. A 1–2-page justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity (JEDI) statement describing your philosophy, methods and experience with promoting JEDI

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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