Assistant Professor in Data Science - Mathematics & Computer Science - 13595


The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater invite applications for one full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. This is a joint appointment in the two departments with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses, research, and service to the university, profession, and community, including leading campus data science initiatives.


The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in computer science and courses in mathematics or statistics, to maintain an active program of scholarly activity, and to participate in service activities including, but not limited to, advising students, committee responsibilities, program assessment, and curriculum development.


Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate or ABD [ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2018; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2019 in advance of their first scheduled review] in computer science, statistics, or the mathematical sciences in any area related to data science.

Highly Desired Qualifications:

Areas of research including, but not limited to, databases, data mining, high-performance/GPU computing, machine/deep learning, mathematical modeling, or statistical modeling and computing. Ability to teach courses in data mining, database management systems, machine/deep learning, mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, or probability and statistics. Potential for interdisciplinary research and ability to promote undergraduate research. Experience working with student populations with diverse backgrounds.


Full-time teaching responsibilities may include 12 undergraduate credits per semester from courses in computer science and courses in mathematics or statistics. In addition to teaching duties, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute towards the development of data science initiatives on campus. Research expectations include maintaining an active program of scholarly activity with opportunities for undergraduate involvement. Service responsibilities include, but not limited to, advising students, committee responsibilities, program assessment, and curriculum development. A commitment to teaching excellence and effective oral and written communication skills are required. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.


The UW-Whitewater Department of Mathematics offers a mathematics major with emphasis in actuarial science, applied mathematics, pure mathematics, secondary education, or statistics. The UW-Whitewater Department of Computer Science offers a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and an undergraduate program geared toward students who want to pursue careers in commercial software production, computer design, database, network, software engineering, systems programming, or web development. More information regarding the programs offered by two departments can be found at cs.uww.edu and http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/math.

Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is a premier regional public university with an enrollment of approximately 12,366 students in 45 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate degree programs. It offers high-quality career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum.


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by January 15, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Sobitha Samaranayake
Search Chair, Associate Professor


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application credential packet consists of (as a single PDF):

  • A letter of application;
  • Curriculum vita;
  • Reflective statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Research statement;
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references.
In addition, three current letters of recommendation including at least one which evaluates teaching effectiveness must be sent to mathcssearch@uww.edu by the referees directly. Please include the candidate’s name in the subject line.

This Job ID is 13595.

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