One Associate Professor and Two Assistant Professors of Computer Science

Central Washington University in Washington

Deadline March 06, 2017
Date Posted January 6, 2017
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


One Associate Professor & Two Assistant Professors, Computer Science

Central Washington University (CWU – Ellensburg, WA) invites applications for three tenure track positions in Computer Science at the Associate and Assistant Professor levels, beginning September 1, 2017.  We seek individuals who are able to show their dedication to excellence in teaching and scholarship and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

The Department is undergoing a period of substantial change and growth, including expansion of the faculty body and increase of its external visibility. The successful candidates will be experienced educators (Associate Professor level) or promising young academics (Assistant Professor level) who will contribute to the delivery of the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs and to the department’s growing research culture and reputation. They will also contribute service to the department as required. 

The newly appointed Associate and Assistant Professors will join the Computer Science Department of CWU at a critical time in CWU's and the department’s history, with the legislature providing funding for the expansion of the CWU Computer Science program. The number of Computer Science job openings is three times the number of graduates and post-graduates of the discipline in the State of Washington and the starting salaries are among the highest in the sector. The department also anticipates benefiting from additional state legislative support and funding available to Computer Science programs in higher education interested in developing an endorsement for K-12 teachers. These funding/growth opportunities, the high employability and starting salaries of graduates and postgraduates, the upcoming move of the Computer Science Department into a state of the art new building, and the ongoing collaborative options with major industries in the Seattle high-tech area make this an especially exciting time to be a part of the CWU Computer Science department. Furthermore, the master’s program in Computational Science is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, attracting both American and international students in an interdisciplinary, multicultural research and teaching environment.

Responsibilities:  Associate and Assistant Professors are expected to develop strong student advising, teaching, research, public service and academic programs within their departments.  Associate and Assistant Professors are responsible to their department chair in matters of teaching assignments, scholarship and service.  The Associate and Assistant Professors will teach an appropriate workload of both general computer science courses, as well as courses within his/her area of expertise as determined under the provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Associate and Assistant Professors will also engage in scholarship and service activities as part of the workload.  More information about Associate and Assistant Professors duties can be found among Central Washington University policies at

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science or closely allied discipline (Assistant and Associate Professor levels);
  • Commitment to diversity (Assistant Professor level) which is demonstrable (Associate Professor level);
  • Demonstrated communication skills (Assistant and Associate Professor levels); and
  • Track record of success in teaching, scholarship and service (service component for Associate Professor level).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a Program Leader is highly desirable (Associate Professor Level)

Salary and Benefits: These positions include competitive salaries and attractive benefits packages.

How to Apply:
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For questions, please contact the search chair: Dr. Christos Graikos, (509) 963-1432 ,  You can find information about the department at  CWU is an   AA/EEO/Title IV/Veteran/Disability Employer

The University

Central Washington University (CWU) is one of three state-supported comprehensive regional universities in Washington State. Like the other regional universities, CWU began as a normal school, became a College of Education in 1937, a state college in 1961, and a comprehensive university in 1977. Offering bachelors and masters degrees in more than 125 majors, the university enrolls approximately 10,000 students and has a faculty-student ratio of 17:1. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, CWU enrolled 30% minorities in the 2013 freshman class. CWU enrolls and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latino students of any public baccalaureate institution in the state. The university holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Excellence in teaching is the core of the university’s mission, and faculty engage in scholarship, invention, and creative activity to support teaching, to advance knowledge, and to provide outlets for creative expression. Externally sponsored grants and contracts funded during academic year 2014-15 totaled more than $11.8 million. The largest awards were from the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. CWU faculty and alumni have received numerous honors and recognition, including CEO of the year, National Teacher of the Year, National Principal of the Year, and national-level recognition in many disciplines from music to physics.

The University has been very successful in adding and maintaining modern, state-of-the-art facilities. In recent years, campus construction and remodeling projects have included impressive science facilities, a beautiful, new music building, with a 600-seat concert hall and a 300-seat recital hall, a major remodel to the education building, and a new, spacious student union and recreation facility.  In all, there are 56 academic and 32 auxiliary buildings.

CWU plays a key role in the economic, educational and cultural vitality of the community and region. Faculty, staff, and students contribute research and service in the public interest. In addition, the University provides instructional and library resources for the community and partners with other educational service providers to enrich access and opportunity to education for citizens of the region.

Each year more than 350 dramatic and musical performances, art and museum exhibitions, lectures, and athletic events are open to campus and community members.

The Community and Region

CWU’s exceptionally beautiful and well-maintained residential campus occupies 367 acres in Ellensburg, the largest city and county seat of historic Kittitas County. The city is situated in the geographic center of the state and on the Eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Stretching over 700 miles from British Columbia, through Central Washington, and into Oregon, the Cascades divide Washington State into a “wet west” and an “arid east”. The Cascades are tall, with several mountains boasting an altitude above 10,000’ feet, with its highest peak at the active stratovolcano of Mount Rainier. The Northern Cascades are home to its namesake national park (Northern Cascades National Park), the lake-resort city of Chelan, and the historic railroad town of Skykomish. The Northern Cascades are known as a world-class destination for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, boating, skiing and snowboarding.

As one of Washington’s founding communities, Ellensburg’s downtown is composed of beautiful brick buildings largely constructed between 1889 and 1917, and located just three blocks from the CWU campus. Weekends bring delicious local food, fresh produce, regional crafts, and eclectic entertainment downtown at the Kittitas County Farmer’s Market. Over the years, Ellensburg has a gained a reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the state, and has been praised for its “compact, walkable streets, where 14.3 percent of residents commute by foot, one of the highest percentages in the state”. Ellensburg is home to many top arts and cultural events in Washington, including Jazz in the Valley, Dachshunds on the Parade, Buskers in the ‘Burg, and Sprit of the West.

Ellensburg is located approximately 100 miles and under 2 hours away from the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area. With an estimated population of more than 3,600,000, Seattle Metro is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The “Puget Sound” is home to many natural attractions including the Seattle Unit National Historical Park, offering a glimpse into the history of the Klondike Gold Rush, the Big Four Ice Caves, and the 700+ islands and reef scattering of the San Juan Islands. Top employers either headquartered or with a large presence in the region include Microsoft, Amazon, Seattle, Starbucks, Boeing, Costco, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, and Qwest Communications. 

Also located around 2 hours away from Ellensburg are the “Tri-Cities” of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, set at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the United States Department of Energy’s major national laboratories, is a major economic engine for the area. Kennewick is known for more than a hundred wineries and regionally well-known microbreweries. The Columbia River Plateau contains many natural and historical attractions including the Hanford Site, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Multnomah Falls. The Columbia River Gorge provides the perfect setting for windsurfing and kiteboarding, whitewater rafting or a scenic cruise. 

For more information about CWU and the community in Ellensburg, please visit:

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