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Job ID: 127724

Teaching-Track Faculty Position
McMaster University

Date Posted Aug. 15, 2019
Title Teaching-Track Faculty Position
University McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Department Computing and Software
Application Deadline Complete applications that are received by November 1, 2019 will receive full consideration
Position Start Date Negotiable; July 1, 2020 preferred
  • Assistant Professor
  • Computer Science
    Engineering - Other

Teaching-Track Faculty Position in Computing and Software

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University invites applications from outstanding scholars for one teaching-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

McMaster University is committed to building an inclusive community dedicated to teaching and learning within a diverse environment. The Faculty of Engineering seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty member of the highest caliber and welcomes applications from highly qualified candidates with skills and abilities that will contribute to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, and the workplace.

The Department of Computing and Software is one of the top departments for computing in Canada. We have 25 faculty members with expertise in computer systems, software engineering, theoretical computer science, security, privacy, data analytics, scientific computing, and bioinformatics. The department mentors over 900 undergraduate students in three programs: software engineering, computer science, and mechatronics engineering. It also mentors more than 120 graduate students in masters and doctoral programs in computer science and software engineering.

The Department seeks to recruit an excellent teacher with interest and experience in experiential learning and innovative ways of teaching computing. Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Teach introductory undergraduate courses in Computer Science and Software Engineering, as well as courses within the common first-year engineering program (Engineering 1).
  • Contribute towards improving the delivery of the Department’s undergraduate programs, e.g., by mentoring software engineering, computer science, and mechatronics engineering students and introducing new teaching techniques.
  • Participate in the ongoing development of curricula for our Computer Science B.A.Sc. program, Software Engineering B.Eng. program, Mechatronics Engineering B.Eng. program and Engineering 1 program.
  • Develop a pedagogy-related research program in computing.
    Registration, or eligibility for registration, by the Professional Engineers of Ontario is required. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applicants will hold a doctorate in computer science, software engineering, or a related discipline. Alternatively, applicants will hold a doctorate in education, with a focus on computing. Applicants must demonstrate a successful record of teaching, reflected in outstanding teaching records. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated successful pedagogical research, or to show potential for successful pedagogical research. Evidence of leadership skills, excellence in service, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures is also required.

McMaster’s large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, is at the western end of Lake Ontario. The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton, a city rich in history and culture with a vibrant arts community. Nearby recreational and conservation attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment, the Waterfront Trail, and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by spectacular nature and unique neighbourhoods, Hamilton is ideally located halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. It has earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and innovation. The Faculty has over 180 faculty members, along with approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The Faculty of Engineering promotes a nurturing and inclusive environment where supportive resources are made accessible to assist with on-boarding and opportunities are made available for continuous personal and professional growth.

In addition to competitive salaries, McMaster University provides one of the best benefit packages amongst Canadian universities, which includes supplementary medical and dental coverage, a defined benefits pension plan, long term disability insurance and family-friendly supports such as a child care allowance, and funded pregnancy/parental leaves. University policies include provisions for such leaves in the tenure process and in annual merit evaluations. The Faculty of Engineering has additional supports in place, such as funding from the Engineering Life Event Fund, to help maintain continuity in scholarship during pregnancy/parental, medical, or family-related leaves.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy, as well as evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, along with the names of at least four references that speak to academic and teaching performance (with postal and email addresses). In your teaching statements, please also describe how you will further equity and inclusion to advance McMaster University’s commitment to fostering a culture that embraces and promotes the rich diversity of our campus community. Some current examples of activities include diversity-related programming, contributions to student success, committee work, and appropriate mentoring of individuals, especially those from groups that have been historically marginalized or disadvantaged.

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Postings, Job #27712) to the attention of:
Dr. Mark Lawford, Professor & Acting Chair
Department of Computing and Software
1280 Main Street West
McMaster University,
Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4L7
Complete applications that are received by November 1, 2019 will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2020 is preferred. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905‐525‐9140 ext. 222‐HR (22247).

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

  • Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBQT+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodations to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.

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Contact Information

  • Laurie LeBlanc
    Computing and Software
    McMaster University
    1280 Main Street West
    Itb 202
    Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1


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