Chair Professor of Computer Science

University of Southern California

United States

Professor and Chair of Computer Science

Viterbi School of Engineering Faculty Los Angeles, California

USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California invites nominations and applications for Chair of the Department of Computer Science

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California invites nominations and applications for Chair of the Department of Computer Science. We are seeking an individual who can provide strong, dynamic and innovative leadership for advancing excellence in research, teaching, and service to the professional community. The position is at the tenured Professor rank, starting either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, and with an initial Chair term of 3 years. In addition to a proven record of scholarly achievement, the candidate must also possess visionary technical leadership, a firm commitment to computer science education, as well as strong management and interpersonal skills. The candidate should have an earned doctorate in computer science or in a closely allied field and be qualified for a tenured full professor appointment.

Established in 1976, the computer science department at the USC Viterbi School has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. The department now boasts more than 80 faculty members (tenured/tenure-track, research and teaching), and has vibrant undergraduate and graduate programs. The department has strong research groups in AI and machine learning, graphics, robotics, software engineering, systems, and theory. Our faculty include a Turing award winner, 7 members of national academies, 8 ACM fellows, 15 IEEE Fellows, and 39 AAAI and AAAS fellows. The department will soon have a new 98,000-square-foot state-of-the-art home (announced in 2020).

Founded in 1905 and located near downtown Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business in the heart of the Pacific Rim, the USC Viterbi School is a hub for entrepreneurship that connects students from 64 countries. It is consistently ranked in the top 10 graduate programs (U.S. News and World Report), counting 189 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. It is home to the Information Sciences Institute, a Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research Center), and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, CREATE. The School is affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies, and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Research expenditures typically exceed $210 million annually.

To receive full consideration, candidates should apply on-line at

Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their leadership and administrative experiences, a statement describing their vision and goals as Chair, and a statement about their approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. A complete curriculum vitae, as well as research and teaching statements, must also be submitted. References will be requested at a later time.

Applications received by August 31, 2021, will be given full consideration; those received after this deadline may also be considered.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

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