University of Oregon — Career Instructor of Data Science in the Public Interest

Career Instructor of Data Science in the Public Interest

Job no: 528633
Work type: Faculty – Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Data Science

Department: Clark Honors College
Rank: Instructor
Annual Basis: 9 Month
Review of Applications Begins
January 14, 2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, submit the following:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Letter of interest (1-2 pages) that addresses your expertise and experience in your field, your interest in teaching at the Clark Honors College, and your potential curricular and pedagogical contributions to a community that focuses on teaching excellence
3. DEI statement (1-2 pages) that discusses how your teaching, advising, and mentoring practices foster inclusivity and address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in both classroom and co-curricular contexts.
4. Two course descriptions for liberal arts courses in Data Science that you could envision teaching in the Clark Honors College
5. Names and contact information for three references (letters will not be requested at the time of application)
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Department Summary
The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) is a liberal arts honors college within the University of Oregon. Founded in 1960, it is one of the oldest public university honors colleges in the United States. The College features a newly restructured curriculum that provides students a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the liberal arts, as well as a series of signature programs, including Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and an Academic Residential Community. CHC courses are typically run as seminars. They are writing-intensive and open only to honors college students. Courses are capped at 19 students, allowing for vibrant intellectual discussions, unique opportunities for pedagogical experimentation and extensive faculty-student interaction.

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.
Position Summary
The Clark Honors College, a liberal arts honors college within the University of Oregon, invites applications for a career faculty member with demonstrated teaching excellence in applied data science. The faculty member will design and offer lower and upper division science courses that that support students from all majors in learning how to analyze structured and unstructured data, frame/define problems in accurate, socially conscious, and just ways, consider what it means to measure equitably, and explore how technologies and findings affect marginalized communities. Courses could incorporate topics such as ethical computing, applied machine learning, statistics, deep learning, natural language processing, machine learning fairness, or other areas related to the use of large-scale data sets. CHC career faculty are members of the college's core faculty and fully participate in College governance.
Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in a related field at time of application
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Proficiency in one or more data science programming languages
  • Experience with the data science workflow (e.g., data handling, model exploration, bias management, and explainability)
    Professional Competencies
  • Inclusive, engaged, and research-led teaching at the college level.
  • Ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds, including majors from across campus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff in an interdisciplinary work environment.
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to contribute to the CHC through their understanding of the barriers facing women, students of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education, as evidenced by professional and life experiences and educational background.
  • Proficiency with a liberal arts approach to data science, including consideration of the broader context and implications of data sources and analytical methods.
  • Ability to engage students with minimal experience with quantitative data analysis
  • Previous experience teaching honors or liberal arts courses.
  • Experience teaching core education or introductory courses.
  • Experience with undergraduate advising and mentoring

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