Tenure Track Computer Science Professor

Department of Computer Science

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for a full-time, teaching-focused, tenure track position in Computer Science. The required start date is Fall 2022, but candidates who can start Spring 2022 are preferred.

Qualifications for the two positions include:

  • a strong M.S., Ph.D. preferred, in computer science or a related field
  • a strong commitment to teaching and advising undergraduates
  • preference for candidates with ability to support instruction in preferably software engineering and development, information science, machine learning, or game design and development, but candidates in other areas of computer science are welcome to apply
  • willingness and ability to mentor students in multiple contexts as part of the college’s signature student-managed work program

The Computer Science Department at offers small class sizes (generally under 15 students) and many opportunities to mentor, advise, and otherwise work closely with students. The normal teaching load is three or four courses each semester. This includes senior seminar, a yearlong research and development capstone required of all seniors in fulfillment.

Appointment to continuous tenure at the college requires excellence in teaching, evidence of continued personal academic growth, and college service. New faculty are mentored by more seasoned colleagues as they begin their career, and are given feedback on their progress to tenure.

Blackburn is one of nine work colleges in the U.S. and the only one with a student-managed work program. For over 100 years, students have earned a tuition discount by participating in all aspects of college operations. The work requirement for all students provides an affordable education, meaningful work experience, and leadership opportunities. The stimulating teaching and learning environment, coupled with the experience and leadership gained through the Work Program, results in an average of 98% of graduates in full-time employment or graduate school within six months of graduation.

Blackburn College does not have faculty rank, and both recent graduates and experienced candidates are welcome to apply. Students are mostly drawn from rural Illinois, metro Chicago, and metro St. Louis; many are first generation and/or low income, and approximately 21% are students of color. Blackburn is seeking faculty interested in joining a campus community that promotes diversity, respect, and inclusion, and who can support and inclusively engage a diverse student population. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small rural community between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO. Daily Amtrak service to those cities and beyond is available at the small but pleasant station in town. The college enjoys a very positive relationship with the community. Carlinville has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America” and is also the seat of Macoupin County. Carlinville offers small-town America, with brick streets around the town square, many parks, and historical homes and buildings, while being within an easy drive of the urban center of St. Louis, Missouri.

Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities. Applicants should be legally permitted to work in the United States; Blackburn is not able to sponsor faculty visas.

Your application materials should include a CV, a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy, a diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important, and three letters of recommendation. Please include the names/addresses/phone numbers of the three current, and professional references you are requesting letters from as part of your application materials. Send application materials to: Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 215, Carlinville, IL 62626 or email hr@blackburn.edu. Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Phone calls or walk-ins not accepted. For full consideration, please submit application materials by 10/7/2021.