Computer systems analysis/Programming, Data analysis/processing
Nevada State College (www.nsc.edu) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Data Science/Informatics to begin fall 2019 (visiting Assistant or Associate Professors also will be considered). The individual in this role will enjoy the rare opportunity to help the college build the only bachelor’s degree in Data Science/Informatics in the state of Nevada. The program will be designed to address a growing, market-driven need in the region, and will provide students with essential computer programming skills, a robust foundation in data management and analysis, and the core liberal arts training needed to succeed in a variety of fields and career endeavors. Nevada State College is dedicated to the development of this program, based largely on its promising intersections with existing academic programs at NSC and its ability to address workforce needs.
About Nevada State College
Founded in 2002, Nevada State College (NSC) is a four-year public college located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada (adjacent to Las Vegas). Our faculty members embrace the unique opportunity to mold the college as it continues to grow into a cornerstone of higher education in Southern Nevada. NSC faculty work in state-of-the-art facilities and are encouraged to incorporate innovative and evidence-based teaching practices. The average class size across campus is 27 students. For more information about NSC, watch this video about student life at the college..
Enrollment at the College has climbed from 176 students in 2002 to approximately 4,900 students in fall 2018, and we were recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the second-fastest growing public baccalaureate institution in the United States from 2006 to 2016. A majority of our students are first generation, racial/ethnic minorities, parents, and/or returning students. As a teaching-oriented institution, our faculty focus on high-quality instruction, engaging learning experiences, and innovative techniques to improve student learning. They have proudly witnessed the many accomplishments of our students, from admission to leading graduate and medical schools to prominent positions in the Nevada workforce.
At Nevada State College, we celebrate the storied backgrounds of our campus community. We operate with a shared commitment to represent and serve the diverse population of Nevada and to encourage the exchange of ideas that respects and honors the lived experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We foster a culture of inclusive excellence so our members can live authentically, fully engage, and flourish. To strengthen the college and progress its mission, the college dedicates itself to intentional and ongoing reflection to meet the evolving needs of NSC, the surrounding communities, and the State of Nevada.
The faculty member in this position will lead the development and implementation of a high-quality bachelor’s degree in informatics that capitalizes on the growing promise of this field. The successful candidate will possess a strong background in computer programming and data management and analysis, and ideally will have prior experience in academic program development. The program is expected to be interdisciplinary in nature, with possible emphases in key informatics fields (e.g., bioinformatics, health informatics, business informatics), and will be closely tailored to the needs of the surrounding business community. To that end, successful candidates will collaborate well with others, including internal constituents from multiple disciplines and key business stakeholders in Southern Nevada.
The target date for launching the program is fall 2020, and work on curriculum development and approval will begin upon hire. The standard NSC teaching load of 24 credits per academic year will be reduced to 12 credits in the first two years to provide additional time for program development.
Core responsibilities of the position include:
Teach 24 credits per academic year (aside from the first two years, as noted above), which generally amounts to four courses per semester.
Teach lower- and upper-division courses related to informatics, including classes in computer programming, data management, analysis, and visualization, and selected courses related to your disciplinary expertise (e.g., health informatics).
Lead the effort to design the program and receive curriculum approval through the process established by the college and the Nevada Board of Regents; consult with internal and external stakeholders for input on the program.
Help foster practical, hands-on experiences for students, both within the classroom and as internship opportunities.
Serve on departmental and college-wide committees.
Engage in scholarly activity within your discipline or in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Note: The position may be filled as a non-tenure track for qualified candidates who do not possess a doctoral degree, or a tenure-track for qualified candidates who have earned a Ph.D. in relevant field.
Tenure track position: Ph.D. in a content area with a specialization in informatics or data/decision science; a Ph.D. in statistics/biostatistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related field also will be considered
Non-tenure track position: Master’s degree in an above mentioned field plus at least five years of relevant work experience
Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming (e.g., proficiency in R, Python, or Java)
Demonstrated proficiency with data management, analysis, and visualization
Demonstrated commitment to a diverse, non-traditional, first-generation student population
Prior experience developing an academic program in data science/informatics or related field
Evidence of instructional effectiveness at the college/university level
Demonstrated ability to communicate about data science/informatics to non-expert audiences, including campus leadership and area business leaders
Successful experience with large databases, particularly in SQL
Demonstrated ability to work with data structures and algorithms
Rank, Salary & Benefits:
Non-tenure track or tenure track, depending upon qualifications.
Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Nevada State College offers excellent benefits, including 14.5% retirement match, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and three health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.
Internal Number: R0112964
About Nevada State College
Having celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017, Nevada State College places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, NSC emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. With an enrollment approaching 4,900 students, Nevada State has been one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in the country.
NSC has grown to offer over 35 high-demand majors and minors. Curriculum is developed based upon the needs of communities in Nevada, business and industry, and the demands of its students. Top programs include nursing, education, business administration, biology and psychology.
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military... obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.
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