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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Computer Science, Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hiring Initiative

Job ID: 31157
Location: Main Campus
Updated March 01, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

The University of Calgary, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations) as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The university recognizes that the City of Calgary is also home to District 5 & 6 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. By virtue of the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877, the university recognizes that we are all treaty people. The City of Calgary is home to diverse communities. Together, we share this land, strive to live together, learn together, walk together, and grow together “in a good way.”

The University of Calgary recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining a welcoming and equitable environment that enables every member of our campus to thrive. The Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hiring Initiative has been launched to advance and embed the institution’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, Indigenous engagement, and inclusive excellence. This initiative, which was developed in accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, is a key step to ameliorate the under-representation of members of equity deserving groups at the university, to build a critical mass of scholars who reflect the diversity of our student body and the broader community, to advance epistemic pluralism and the creation of new knowledges and ways of knowing, and to broaden the culture of inclusivity and engagement. 

As part of the Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hire Initiative, the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Computer Science. This position is only open to qualified persons with disabilities, as defined below. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024. 

For the purpose of the Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hire Initiative, a person with a disability is someone who: (a) has a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment(s), and (b) considers themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that disability or believes that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that disability. This also includes persons with disabilities who have been accommodated in their current job or workplace (e.g., by the use of technical aids, changes to equipment or other working arrangements).

Description of Position
The successful candidate will develop and teach a range of undergraduate and, optionally, graduate courses in the area of computer science. We offer both in-person and virtual sections of many of our undergraduate courses.  Teaching assignments of faculty members is a collaborative process where we aim to balance the needs of individual faculty members and the needs of students.  

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in the research and scholarship required to maintain currency in pedagogy and curriculum design as well as engage in other scholarly professional or creative activities that strengthen and informs their knowledge base and expertise. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.

Candidates must have earned a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related area or an MSc with significant relevant professional experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a primary focus and interest in one or more of the following areas:  

  • computer science education (preferably with a focus on inclusive curriculum, course, or instructional design, inclusive pedagogy, or digital pedagogy)
  • software science
  • information privacy and security
  • theoretical computer science 
  • computer systems

Candidates who are near completion of their program will be considered. The successful candidate can show the following:

  • A commitment to inclusive teaching and learning
  • A commitment to remaining current (in computer science or computer science pedagogy) and to disseminate research or experiences related to teaching in computer science.
  • A desire to support student learning inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • Their approach to working as part of a team in an academic context.
  • How they can contribute to the department, faculty, university, and Calgary community. 

Description of Work Environment
Successful applicants will become faculty members in the Department of Computer Science. The Department offers a variety of programs: 

  • BSc in Computer Science
  • BSc in Data Science
  • MSc and PhD in Computer Science 
  • MSc and PhD in Computational Media Design 
  • Graduate certificates and Master’s in Data Science and Analytics
  • Graduate certificates and Master’s in Information Security and Privacy.  

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to all programs offered by the Department and Faculty.

The Department of Computer Science is in the Faculty of Science.  The Department and Faculty are committed to supporting interdisciplinary research and teaching and we offer and support opportunities to improve your teaching and research/scholarship practice by working with people in other disciplines. The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning also offers professional development and additional resources for those who are developing new ways to teach.

The Department of Computer Science is continuously improving our culture to foster an inclusive environment where all department members can participate and collaborate to their full potential.

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for disability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package, please visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/hr/academic_benefits_pension.

How to Apply
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link. A complete application for all Assistant Professor (Teaching) positions, including this position, must include, as a single PDF document:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier (1-3 pages)
  • Statement on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of EDIA. (up to 1 page)
  • Name and contact information of three references.

All applicants for an Inclusive Excellence Cluster Hiring position, such as this one, will be required to complete an attestation confirming their eligibility for this position in the application process.  Applicants must also self-identify as a person with a disability in their cover letter to be considered for this specific position.

Questions may be addressed to:
Nathaly Verwaal ([email protected])
Co-head of Department of Computer Science

Review of applications will begin on March 28, 2024, however the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Additional Information

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science, click here

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

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