Founding Director, Master of Science in Informatics and Analytics
September 28, 2018
Greensboro, North Carolina
Dependent on experience
Full Time - Experienced
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks a dynamic Founding Director on a 12-month tenure-track or tenured appointment for its newly established Master of Science in Informatics & Analytics program. The preferred starting date is August 1, 2019. The Director will provide leadership in founding this new academic program, collaborating closely with the program committee. The MSI&A is a transdisciplinary applied program intersecting multiple academic domains related to analytics and data science. The hallmark of this program will be the capstone experience, which bridges knowledge-to-practice. The capstone provides students with a mentored experience to solve important data science problems with local industries and not-for-profit organizations.
As a trans-disciplinary program, the MSI&A Program and the Program Director will be housed in the Graduate School and report to the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. Faculty contributing to the MSI&A program will be housed in a variety of departments/units and may contribute not only to the six- course core (Introduction to Data Analytics – Methods and Approaches, Statistical Methods for Data Analytics, Preparing Data for Analytics, Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics, Data Visualization, and Solving Problems with Data Analytics), but also in the disciplinary concentrations. The Founding Director will have the opportunity to mount faculty searches for the new program. Concentrations currently in development include Advanced Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Computational Analytics and Geospatial Analytics. Under the leadership of the founding director, concentrations in Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, Sports Analytics, and Cultural Analytics (among other options) may be developed.
The Program Director will have a tenure home in some academic unit depending on her/his core area of expertise but will have an opportunity to forge collaborations with faculty involved in Data Science projects supported by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Institute for Data, Evaluation, and Analytics (IDEA). IDEA is a “virtual research network” developed to promote and support UNCG’s wide expertise in data analytics, evaluation and research. It provides a visible and easily accessible point of contact for the external community seeking consulting services and technical assistance. Comprised of university departments (faculty, department, other centers), IDEA spans a wide range of skills supported by a comprehensive array of analytical software and technology, as well as a robust computing environment with data security and comprehensive backup.
The successful candidate will be primarily expected to provide leadership and general administration of the MSI&A program, teach courses in the graduate core and/or the candidate’s disciplinary concentration, as well as maintain an active research program. Close interaction between students, faculty and community partners is a critical component of the MSI&A program. The position will include practicum partner recruitment as well as practicum mentoring and duties with community partners.
The position is open only to candidates holding a Ph.D. degree, with work experience in the fields of analytics and data science, and who have at least a five-year post-Ph.D. experience. A strong record of teaching and research at the university level with an understanding of and commitment to teaching within a culturally diverse environment is essential. Candidates from academia must currently hold a rank of at least an Associate Professor. Candidates from Industry may be considered if they have at least five-years of academic experience.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, description of current and past research, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement describing their Informatics & Analytics background. Applicants are also asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional References (at least one of these references should address the candidate’s background in Informatics & Analytics). Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact the search chair Dr. Sat Gupta MSIA@uncg.edu
UNCG is a Minority Serving doctorate-granting Institution that prides itself in both faculty and student diversity and we seek to attract a diverse applicant pool for this position. UNCG is an EOE//M/F/D/V employer and are strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.