Careers at Virginia Tech

Open Rank Collegiate Faculty and/or Professor of Practice

Apply now Job no: 515489
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Computer Science
Location: Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for multiple collegiate assistant professor or assistant professor of practice positions for our graduate programs in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Qualified candidates may be considered for appointments at higher ranks as well, e.g., collegiate associate professor or associate professor of practice.

Successful candidates will have a primary commitment to our instructional mission, including graduate level teaching, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy. Collegiate faculty members and professors of practice are full members of the faculty who are encouraged to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, participate in department and professional service, etc. These positions do not offer tenure but do offer a clear promotion path with the potential of increasingly long-term contracts. Candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of research groups in the department, including a nationally-recognized group in CS education research. Candidates with demonstrated knowledge of CS education research topics such as project-based learning, education-related software systems, student data analytics, CS bridge programs, distance and on-line education, or diversity in CS are encouraged to apply.

Collegiate faculty candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field at the time of appointment. Professor of practice candidates must have a graduate degree in computer science or a closely related discipline and significant professional experience.

The Computer Science department currently has 59 faculty members, including 49 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 16 early career awardees, and numerous recipients of faculty awards from IBM, Intel, AMD, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and others. CS faculty members direct several interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Human-Computer Interaction and the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. The department is home to over 1,200 undergraduate majors and over 300 graduate students, with university commitments to grow all programs significantly. The undergraduate program is located at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA. CS graduate programs are offered both in Blacksburg and in Northern Virginia, where master’s and doctoral degrees have been offered for more than thirty years at our facilities in Falls Church and Arlington. The department is a key player in the Commonwealth’s multi-year plan to expand the number of computer science graduates, both undergraduate and graduate, for Virginia employers. The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus, soon to be constructed in the Potomac Yards Development of Alexandria, Virginia will be the home for the majority of the graduate program growth. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to help shape and grow programs to be offered at the Innovation Campus.

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates from all backgrounds and lived experiences to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

These positions require occasional travel to professional meetings. Applications must be submitted online to for position 03001F. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references. Application review will begin on 4/15/21 and continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sara Hooshangi, search committee chair, at

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures.

Required Qualifications

Experience in higher education instructional activities and or public or private sector practice with promise for being a leader in the instructional mission. For Collegiate Faculty, an earned Ph.D. in computer science or a closely related field. For professors of practice, multiple years of experience in a computing related field and a graduate degree in computer science or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

A record of scholarly accomplishments in the area of pedagogy or computer science research. Demonstrated interest in curriculum development and innovation, particularly project-based learning and experiential learning opportunities. An interest in engaging with outside employers in the development and execution of curricular experiences. Contributions to improving the diversity of the discipline, and experience in working effectively with a diverse student population.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

April 15, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Tabitha Hartman at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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