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Department Chair - Computer Science and Engineering - College of Engineering


Position Overview

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University seeks candidates for the position of Department Chair. The Chair will drive the department forward towards its mission and set a vision for its growth, in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in Computer Science & Engineering or closely related field, as well as experience leading in and contributing to diverse learning environments.  Previous leadership experience in an academic setting and budget oversight experience are desired but not required. Applicants should demonstrate experience mentoring students and junior faculty.  In addition to such experiences, a successful applicant must possess a commitment to and demonstrated record of excellence in research, and a commitment to excellence in teaching. This position requires strong communication skills and excellent judgment, with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and work collaboratively with the college leadership. 

Application Instructions

The department chair position will offer competitive compensation and benefits.  Interested applicants should submit (1) cover letter, (2) full curriculum vitae, and (3) statement describing experiences and qualifications relevant to the position. Names of references should not be submitted at this stage of the application process.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. An initial review of applications will begin September 1, 2018.  Additional details about the position, as well as application instructions, are available at

Department Information

Ohio State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering has excelled in both research and education since 1968. The department has 42 tenured and tenure-track professors and 3 clinical-track professors. It provides a vibrant research environment, with annual research expenditures of over 10 million dollars, a Ph.D. program with nearly 200 students, and a thriving M.S. program. There are eight IEEE/ACM Fellows among the faculty. Traditional areas of research strength include artificial intelligence, computer systems, graphics, high-performance computing, networking, programming languages, software engineering, theory and algorithms, and visualization. These areas are complemented by recent growth in data analytics and cybersecurity. The faculty aspire to continue growing the department’s quality and reputation, while maintaining its high level of collegiality and its strong support for career development and entrepreneurial efforts.  

The department has extensive interdisciplinary collaborations at Ohio State, as well as joint appointments and faculty affiliations with several units including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Linguistics, Law, Translational Data Analytics, Biomedical Informatics, OSU Medical Center, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Systems Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

The department offers multiple undergraduate degree programs, with current enrollment of over 2,250 students, empowering them to pursue the education that meets their career goals. Students at all levels are encouraged to work on research in one of the many diverse areas of study. Graduates are in high demand and can be found working at some of the most innovative corporations and research laboratories, as well as continuing their research and teaching at leading academic institutions.

About Columbus

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million, slated to double in the next quarter-century. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as health care, finance, service, transportation, and technology industries. The city was ranked by Money magazine as “Best in the Midwest” to live in. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.