Professor of Practice in Computer Science
- 4401 Village Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
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The Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Practice is a faculty member who integrates academic scholarship and professional practice associated with their field. Specifically, the Professor of Practice has documented experience as a practitioner in their respective field and understands the specific practical needs and applications required for graduates upon program completion.
All Full-Time Faculty members help students achieve their academic and professional goals by encouraging a university culture of learning that values mutual responsibility and respect, life-long learning and ethics, as well as personal and professional development. The university’s full-time faculty serve to promote their programs, oversee the implementation of curriculum and assessment in their content-area, support their adjunct colleagues, and foster an environment of professionalism that prepares students for their future career trajectories. The full-time faculty serve to support the university over three broad areas: Teaching and Student Engagement, Continuing Professional/Scholarly Development, and Service. Additionally, faculty with an appointment as Program Chairs also directly oversee and support students, staff, and faculty in a supervisory role.
Teaching and Student Engagement
- Support students throughout the entire student life cycle to include helping students to identify a program, advising throughout the program, and assisting students with making connections to their eventual career upon graduation.
- Prepare course outlines and syllabi, develop course and lesson plans, and participate in the selection of textbooks and other teaching aids necessary for the instruction of courses.
- Engage in the development of new and creative instructional materials, including new courses and programs of study and establish a classroom environment conducive to learning and student engagement by delivering learning-centered instruction using lectures, demonstrations, and class discussions.
- Provide rich and regular constructive feedback, enforcing standards of academic integrity and utilizing university grading rubrics effectively for the assessment of student work.
- Serve as academic advisor to graduate and undergraduate students and be available to faculty and students for consultation in one’s area of expertise.
- Post and hold office hours in a physical and electronic format, as appropriate.
- Assist with student recruitment and the development of clear and consistent promotional materials for the program including working directly with marketing and maintaining the website up-to-date.
Curriculum and Assessment Management
- Assist the School with curriculum and system task forces, retention strategies, and general departmental assessment efforts and plans.
- Manage the program’s curriculum to ensure that the content is continually up-to-date and reflective of requirements of the eventual career trajectories of students.
- Manage the annual curriculum development and review process and all associated assessment practices
- Provide regular “product” knowledge training to university staff at least annually.
Continuing Scholarly and Professional Development
- Develop and foster relationships with potential employers on behalf of the university to develop potential opportunities for students and the professional development of the program.
- Represent the academic program’s interests in both internal and external endeavors, which may include: coordinating program advisory boards; serving as a liaison between the program and other campus academic and administrative units; and participating in community events in which the program is represented.
- Remain engaged in professional trends and activities to continually enhance the curricular offerings and program/institutional resources.
- Maintain current knowledge of advances and innovations in the academic discipline and pursue scholarly development within and outside the subject discipline.
- Engage in scholarly activity related to the discipline (e.g., presentation of papers, serving on panel discussions, publication of articles and books, grant writing, participation in seminars, book reviewing and abstracting).
- Assist with committee work and administrative tasks related to the faculty member’s department/school or the university.
- Assist with accreditation and state approval processes.
- Engage in service to the community, including advising and service to the faculty member’s academic discipline.
- Attend department/school and university meetings along with in-service workshops, conferences, honors and awards ceremonies, and the commencement ceremony.
Program Chair (by appointment)
In addition to performing the duties assigned to full-time faculty members, a Program Chair oversees the academic/programmatic components of the program.
- Manage and drive departmental targets related to enrollment, including the recruitment of new students and the retention of continuing students; identify financial targets and develop strategies to promote and maintain financial sustainability for the program; develop new strategies for new streams of revenue for the unit as applicable.
- Oversee all program planning and evaluation activities, including: the review or development of curricula; coordinating assessment efforts and the collection of valid and reliable data; reviewing student and employer evaluations to identify areas for improvement; and oversight of program accreditation, as applicable.
- Ensure that quality faculty are hired and credentialed to teach in their assigned areas; serve as a resource for educational development of faculty; evaluate faculty and facilitate improvement of their instructional performance; and ensure that faculty are supported in their daily work.
- In collaboration with other program faculty, provide an annual report of the core annual programmatic activities.
- Oversee all area course assessments and accreditation data collection, and facilitate appropriate accreditation of the program and the assessment and evaluation of the success of the program.
- Serve as Course Manager for all courses within the program and manage all course shells.
- Review and evaluate activities related to academic integrity and violation reporting, and provide counsel to other faculty within the program for areas of concern.
- Doctoral (or terminal) Degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Information Technology, another closely related field.
- Professors of practices must have documented experience as a practitioner in their respective field of 5 or more years
- Prior experience teaching at the higher education level
- For Program Chair consideration: 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in program oversight and/or leadership
- Knowledge of curriculum development and up-to-date knowledge of academic and industry trends
- Familiarity with assessment and process improvement and knowledge of data collection techniques and the ability to assess and analyze collected data
- Knowledge of accreditation requirements, including programmatic accreditation (as applicable)
- Ability to supervise and mentor other faculty members within the program area
- Experience with a learning management system (Canvas preferred)
- Ability to respond to the needs of learners and colleagues from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds
- Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to carry out projects with minimal supervision
- Meticulously edit documents possessing a high level of attention to detail is required.
- Manage complex and highly sensitive materials and to foster a culture of confidentiality.
- Strong work ethic with the ability to excel in a demanding, outcome-oriented, and dynamic environment with little supervision
- Creativity and the ability to envision and achieve a positive
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