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Department Head, Department of Computer Science

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati puts education into action, ranking among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.


At UC, today’s possibilities spark tomorrow’s reality.


About The College of Engineering & Applied Science

Housing the most extensive mandatory cooperative education program and one of the best in the country (US News and World Report), CEAS has established strategic industry partnerships with companies like Siemens Digital Industries Software, Northrup-Grumman-Xetron, GE Aviation, Procter & Gamble, and Edaptive Computing. One of the 14 colleges at UC, CEAS has 8 departments offering 13 ABET-accredited degree programs. The College offers doctoral degrees in 11 programs, research-focused Master of Science degrees in 12 programs, and workforce-focused Master of Engineering degrees in 16 programs. 


Details about the College and the history of its co-op program appear at:

About UC & Cincinnati

Today, the University of Cincinnati is classified as an R1 Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and ranked amongst America's top 35 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC’s rank has advanced 17 places in the US News & World Report rankings alone in the past two years. In addition to being named a "green university" by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world's most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at


The University of Cincinnati strives to provide a supportive environment for all its faculty. For example, it has an active Black Faculty Association, Latino Faculty Association, and LGBTQ Faculty Association. In addition, UC has an institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity and is a member of the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.


The City of Cincinnati has been rated a "Best Place to Live" by US News & World Report and provides both urban and suburban life along with river views and rolling hills. The city offers a wealth of amenities that include professional sports, world-class entertainment, a vibrant arts scene, gorgeous parks and nature trails, acclaimed museums, a famous zoo, a variety of restaurants, and a flourishing riverfront scene. In addition, it offers the features of two cities as the thriving area of northern Kentucky is just across the river. Affordable and family-friendly with excellent public and private schools, it is no wonder multiple Fortune 500 companies call Cincinnati home. Visit to learn more.

Job Overview

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Cincinnati (UC), located in Cincinnati, Ohio, invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head to lead the new Department of Computer Science (CS) formed from the existing CS program, currently housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


The current CS enrollment is approximately 580 undergraduates and 440 graduate students, with an expected doubling over the next decade. Recent multimillion-dollar investments by an alumnus, the University of Cincinnati, and the State of Ohio provide significant resources to the new Department to grow faculty and support the increasing demand for Computer Scientists. The Department will offer an ABET-accredited five-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science, with a mandatory cooperative education (co-op) program. At the graduate level, the Department will offer Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) and Masters of Science (M.S.) degrees in CS and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering in conjunction with the Computer Engineering program.

Essential Functions

  • Leadership in academic governance, including especially the collaborative development of appropriate procedures for governance within the Academic Unit (e.g., policies and procedures regarding RPT, leaves, long-range planning, curriculum development, program review, and distribution and utilization of resources).
  • Leadership in promoting the selection and retention of an outstanding and diversified Faculty.
  • Collaborate across the college and campus, and work to achieve departmental, college, and university strategic goals.
  • Advance the research and teaching missions of the department.
  • Management and oversight of the Academic Unit's budget (all funds), class schedules, course offerings, teaching assignments and staff.
  • Other duties as prescribed in Article 31 of the AAUP-UC Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).

Required Education

  • The ideal applicant will hold a Ph.D. or Sc.D. in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or a closely related discipline. Alternatively, the candidate will possess an advanced professional degree and the credentials to obtain an academic title and rank.
  • Ideal applicants will have credentials commensurate with an appointment as a full professor with academic tenure in Computer Science.


Application Process

Interested applicants are requested to apply directly to Requisition #82340 and submit:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter addressing qualifications.
  • Near- and long-term vision statement for opportunities in Computer Science. 


Nominations only may be sent confidentially to Dr. Paul Orkwis at A review of applications will begin on May 20, 2022, and the position will stay open until filled.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 82340


Department Head, Department of Computer Science

Date:  Jun 26, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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