John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Data Science

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Mathematics, Computer Science, Analytics & Operations

Bucknell University is a private undergraduate-focused institution comprised of highly-ranked colleges in arts and sciences, engineering, and management. We invite applications for a John D. and Catherine T.  MacArthur Professor of Data Science. We seek a dedicated teacher-scholar with a PhD degree in Analytics, Computer Science, Data Science, Information Systems, Statistics, or a closely related field, and welcome applicants with a broad background. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the position is being jointly supported by the Departments of Analytics & Operations Management, Computer Science, and Mathematics. The subsequent affiliation of a successful applicant will be determined in consultation with the candidate, and a shared appointment between two departments is a possibility. The successful applicant is expected to have an interdisciplinary focus and to work closely with departments from across the University. It is expected that the degree will be completed by the start of the appointment in August 2020.

We expect to hire at the Assistant Professor level, but outstanding candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor or Professor level. We will be accepting external applicants only. The successful candidate will contribute to interdisciplinary offerings in data science; these will include courses at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. Such courses might include data management, data
visualization, machine learning, data storytelling, or topics courses in data science; many of these courses will address, to varying degrees, the intersection of data analytics and ethics. The successful candidate will also develop a strong body of scholarship in their field of specialization within data science. There is an active community of faculty and staff on campus who have been discussing the role of data science at Bucknell, and the successful candidate would be expected to join and contribute to this community.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted), a statement of teaching philosophy, and a research statement that includes opportunities for undergraduate research. Applicants are asked to summarize in their cover letter any past experiences and leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion, or their potential to make contributions in this area. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted separately. For additional information and to apply, please go to Bucknell’s career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Review of applications will begin no later than October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to one of the following:
Matt Bailey, Professor of Analytics and Operations (matt.bailey@bucknell.edu)
Peter Brooksbank, Professor of Mathematics (peter.brooksbank@bucknell.edu)
Brian King, Associate Professor of Computer Science (brian.king@bucknell.edu)

About Bucknell

Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, primarily undergraduate, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, management, education, and music.

Bucknell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged.

Bucknell is committed to creating a climate that fosters inclusion, growth, and development for a diverse student body, and seeks candidates who are also committed these goals.

Bucknell is committed to supporting the teacher-scholar model of faculty development. The teaching load is 5 courses per year. With a student-faculty ratio of about 9:1, small class sizes are a hallmark of the Bucknell educational experience. The university sponsors a range of activities to support the development of its faculty, including a Teaching-Learning Center and generous research support and leave policies.

Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Susquehanna River. The Lewisburg area offers a combination of outdoor recreation opportunities and small-town amenities. In addition to the cultural and athletic events offered at the University and in town, the region offers strong schools and medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. Bucknell is about three hours from Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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