Department Chair for Computer Science

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Department Chair for Computer Science


The Department of Computer Science within the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia invites applications for the role of department chair to begin in August 2021. The department has a history of bringing visionary and accomplished scholars from the broader Computer Science community to expand the impact of our research and educational programs.We seek a world-class scholar and leader, whose background allows them to be appointed as a full professor, to lead the next phase of our growth.


The department has experienced significant growth in recent years. In the past 6 years, it has hired 33 faculty members, bringing the total to 57. In that time, the number of undergraduate majors has more than doubled and the number of graduate students has more than tripled. This period has seen a remarkable growth in the size and reach of its research program, e.g., research expenditures are up by more than 260%, and it participates in 3 externally funded center-scale activities - leading two of those. Moreover, the department has led the creation of two major interdisciplinary initiatives within the university - the LinkLab, which is engaged with Cyber Physical Systems research ( and the Biocomplexity Institute ( – and jointly administers the Computer Engineering program with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


The department is committed to creating and benefiting from an environment where a diverse group of capable, inspired individuals interact and collaborate to learn and advance knowledge without barriers.This commitment can be seen in the department’s 20-year focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion in its educational programs. These efforts have significantly increased diversity in its undergraduate program, with 31% of its Bachelor’s degrees being awarded to women in 2019, which ranks 6th among public institutions.


The department is primed for further success. It enrolls a stellar group of undergraduate and graduate students (3-time National Cyber Defense Challenge champions, 12+ faculty placements in recent years). It has a cadre of excellent young faculty (15 NSF CAREER awardees) and established senior faculty (7 ACM/IEEE Fellows). It enjoys the committed support of university leadership (as evidenced by substantial internal funding to establish the LinkLab and the Biocomplexity Institute in the past 3 years). It has excellent relationships with leaders of the burgeoning regional technology sector in Virginia.The new chair will build on this momentum to take the UVA Computer Science department to the next level in this exciting time for its stakeholders.


The University of Virginia is annually ranked as one of the premier public institutions in the United States and is located in Charlottesville, a picturesque and vibrant small city perennially ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. More information about town, the school, faculty benefits and other topics can be found at


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Please apply online at and attach the following documents:

  • a CV to include contact information for three references;
  • an overview of major research contributions and future research plans;
  • a teaching statement;
  • a statement describing your work related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • a cover letter describing your leadership philosophy and why you feel you are a good fit for the UVA chair position. 


The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will also require an Education Verification (FSAKA).


Review of candidates will begin on January 14, 2021 and will continue until filled.


For questions regarding the position, please contact Matthew Dwyer, Search Committee Chair, at


For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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