Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

The School of Engineering at Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
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Department Chair

Computer Science and Engineering


The School of Engineering at Fairfield University invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Engineering. Candidates at the rank of Full or Associate Professor are eligible to apply.


Position Description: Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Chair is expected to provide strategic vision and leadership to the Department, manage the department’s operations, and engage in teaching, research, and service. The chair provides the leadership to achieve the highest academic level in all academic and research programs in the department; promotes a team environment for the advancement of departmental and institutional goals; works with the Dean on student recruitment and retention; executes budgetary and personnel decisions; and has oversight for external affairs, including fundraising, community outreach, and alumni and industry relations.


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is experiencing rapid growth, having tripled its enrollment during the last four years, and is positioned to become the largest unit within the school. The department offers an on-campus Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science, and graduate programs in Software Engineering, Data Science, and Cybersecurity. The strategic areas for the department include Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Bioinformatics. The Department is currently undergoing ABET accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) in fall 2021.


The School of Engineering at Fairfield University traces its legacy and rich history to the Bridgeport Engineering Institute (BEI), dating back to its founding in 1924 and through its merging with Fairfield University in 1994. The School of Engineering is organized into the departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, and offers ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in addition to graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Management of Technology, Data Science, Software Engineering, and Cybersecurity. Located in one of the busiest technology corridors in the country, the School of Engineering boasts outstanding industry partnerships and student placement.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or related discipline.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • A demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in personnel management, including recruitment, advancement, and retainment of faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability in working for diversity, equity and inclusion, and team-building.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with industry and other external stakeholders.
  • Experience with ABET or other academic accreditation processes.



Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 1st, 2021. The preferred starting date is September 1, 2022.


Please click and upload the following materials. A complete application will consist of: (1) a cover letter, addressing the qualifications and detailing teaching and research interests (two pages max); (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information of five professional references (references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates). Only complete electronic applications submitted as a single PDF file will be considered. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Shahrokh Etemad (


Founded in 1942, Fairfield University is one of twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The University’s Jesuit and Catholic identity give rise to its vibrant education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that prepares students to lead their communities with insight, empathy, critical rigor, and a determination to serve and promote justice. Located in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut, the University's 200-acre campus is just one hour outside New York City, in the heart of a region with the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.


For more information on Fairfield University, please visit For more information on the School of Engineering, please visit


Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, person of color, and members of other historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.


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