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Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Drake University’s College of Arts & Sciences is excited to launch a search for a tenure-track faculty member to join the rapidly-growing undergraduate Computer Science program to begin in Fall 2023. We are in search of a new colleague who is dedicated to teaching, interested in collaboration, and eager to contribute to the growth and further evolution of the department.

 Our Community

Drake University is located in the beautiful, mid-size city of Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines metro offers numerous festivals and cultural celebrations, a selection of museums and theaters, parks and miles of trails, and a wide range of dining options. The Greater Des Moines metro area is the fastest-growing metro in the Midwest. It hosts many of the conveniences of a small town, but with the range of options of a larger city. If you are unfamiliar with Des Moines, we would love to tell you more about our beautiful city.

At Drake University, there are many opportunities for meaningful service and collaboration across a broad group of partners on and off campus, including programs in artificial intelligence, data analytics, and information systems. We would be thrilled to receive applications from candidates excited to pursue interdisciplinary engagement. 

What to Expect

The normal teaching load is six courses a year –- three courses each semester. Teaching responsibilities include instructing courses from all levels of the curriculum from introductory programming courses to upper-level courses in one’s field of expertise. Applicants from all areas of computer science are encouraged to apply.

We seek a colleague who is passionate about working with our talented students and collaborating with a range of faculty and staff across the institution to make a lasting impact in improving our institution and contributing to our community.

What You’ll Need to Apply

A Ph.D., or near completion, in Computer Science or a related area is required. Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, research agenda, the names and contact information of three references, and a statement of philosophy on diversity, equity, and inclusion via the jobs page found at The search will remain open until the position has been filled. Selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate’s scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate’s satisfactory passing a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Drake University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, marginalized and underrepresented groups, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring under-represented demographics in their academic pursuits.

The Drake University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is committed to increasing the representation of students and faculty from historically underrepresented groups. We have built a scholarship program with the goal of recruiting, retaining, and improving the experience of students who are part of historically underrepresented groups, and are actively working towards broadening participation in computing.

Have Questions?

Inquiries about the position or department may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Tim Urness, at

Questions about the application process, working at Drake, support for dual career partnerships, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about the university or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources at

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