Department Chair-GCCIS Software Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology

Department Chair-GCCIS Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing & Info Sciences
GCCIS – Software Engineering

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenured
Faculty Discipline: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Software Engineering
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor, Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 01-Jul-2024

Detailed Job Description
The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Department of Software Engineering invites applications for the position of Department Chair, to begin July 2024. The department is one of the academic units within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT.

RIT has been a leader in the field of software engineering for decades: In the fall of 1996, RIT launched the first undergraduate software engineering program in the United States, and universities around the world have used the department’s curriculum as a model when developing their programs.

The department has grown to over 20 faculty, 6 staff, and approximately 700 students, which includes BS and MS programs in Software Engineering, as well as a Master of Science program in Data Science. Software Engineering is now the fourth largest undergraduate major at RIT. Faculty in the department participate in the college-wide PhD Program in Computing and Information Sciences, which has been ranked 57th in the U.S. by CSRankings (46th in the U.S. within the subdisciplines of Software Engineering and of Artificial Intelligence).

As RIT is one of the few universities in the world with a full academic department in Software Engineering, the role of the Department Chair is a unique opportunity for a computing professional to provide leadership across the field of software engineering internationally and to shape the future of research and educational programs. The department creates a unique environment and culture among faculty, staff, and students with a focus on software engineering and data science; an active student group, the Society of Software Engineers, creates a vibrant student community within the department.

With its portfolio of degrees, the department is at the forefront of research and education on how the field of software engineering intersects with data science and artificial intelligence. Given the scale and forward-looking perspective of the department in embracing the increasing importance of artificial intelligence for the computing field, the Department Chair will guide the direction of the discipline and prepare the next generation of computing professionals for this future.

Through research and teaching, the department advances the discipline and meets the rapidly growing need for software engineers and data scientists. There is a rich, collaborative environment for faculty research, both within the department and across the other departments and research centers within the college. A key responsibility of the Department Chair will be to lead the department in further expanding its research profile, and this position is an opportunity for a computing professional interested in establishing a legacy through recruiting and mentoring of junior faculty. The department engages in a wide range of research activities in software engineering, data science, and artificial intelligence, with strengths in empirical software engineering, human-in-the-loop machine learning, refactoring, secure software, software evolution, computational analysis of social media, program analysis, and privacy.

The Department of Software Engineering’s innovative Senior Design program, the participation of students in co-op experiences at companies, and the department’s industry advisory board all foster strong relationships between the department and industry, which the Department Chair cultivates and manages.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and rank and is based on a ten month salary and administrative stipend. Administrators are encouraged to supplement their work
with additional summer assignments from externally funded grants, contracts, or special projects.

Department/College Description
The College: The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences prepares students to improve lives and change the world through computing; GCCIS is home to the departments of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, School of Information, and the School of Interactive Games and Media. The college’s PhD program in Computer and Information Sciences is ranked 57th by The college has over 130 full‐time faculty and more than 4,200 undergraduate and 960 graduate students. RIT is an interdisciplinary research hub, with research groups and communities encompassing a range of domain areas, including the Global Cybersecurity Institute (, RIT’s Personalized Healthcare Technology initiative (, the Center for Human‐Aware Artificial Intelligence (, the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (, the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (, the Media Arts Games Interaction Creativity (MAGIC) Center (, the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (

THE DEPARTMENT: Founded in 1996, the RIT Department of Software Engineering is the first department of its kind in the US. The department is part of RIT’s largest college, the Golisano College of Computing, and Information Sciences. The department has 20 full-time faculty members, numerous Ph.D. students in SE, and multiple postdocs. The SE department offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Software Engineering, as well as a Master of Science degree in Data Science. The undergraduate Software Engineering program has been accredited by ABET since 2001, most recently renewed in 2022, and is the first Software Engineering degree offered in the US. Our faculty publish in top-tier venues and contribute to leading conferences and journals. Software Engineering department faculty served as PI for over $13.5 million in external funding awards since July 2018. Funded research is carried out in the areas of artificial intelligence, data science, software engineering education, secured software, software evolution and maintenance, software architecture, search-based software engineering, and adaptive software systems.

THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at .

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in computer science, software engineering, data science, or a related discipline.
  • Experience commensurate with that of a tenured associate or full professor with an exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching, and service in academia or equivalent experience in an industry setting.
  • Demonstrated research excellence in software engineering, data science, or related areas with a track record of publications and external funding.
  • Strong commitment both to undergraduate and graduate education with a spirit of student centeredness, and a dedication to leading a faculty focused on high-quality instruction and student success.
  • Demonstrated experience or ability to provide leadership for an academic unit, including strategic thinking, vision, communication, and administrative skills.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the College’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents

How To Apply
Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 8289BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • A cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position and the specific duties and responsibilities of this role.
  • A curriculum vitae, which should include a listing of publications.
  • The names and contact information of three references.

You can contact the search committee co-chairs with questions about the position at:

The dean will interview the finalists for the position.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled.

The direct link to this posting can be found here:
Additional Details

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

Hourly/Salary Minimum: 160000
Hourly/Salary Maximum:200000


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