Chair, Department of Computer Science

Position Overview

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Cleveland State University is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the position of Inaugural Chair of a new Department of Computer Science in the Washkewicz College of Engineering, which will be established Fall 2023.  Since 1923, marking its centennial, the Washkewicz College of Engineering has provided a tradition of high quality undergraduate and graduate education in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. The exciting opportunity to lead a new department comes at a pivotal time in the state of Ohio’s plans to create an Innovation District in Cleveland, bringing together three major hospital systems and two universities, with an anticipated $3 billion impact on the region.  

The new Department will offer BS degrees in Computer Science and Data Science, and MS degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering.  Computer Science faculty also participate in the college-wide Ph.D in Engineering program with a specialization in Computer Science, and will play an important role in a new Applied Data Science Ph.D.  Currently 17 tenured/tenure-track CS faculty serve 300 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. 

The inaugural Chair will shape a growing department with plans to invest in high performance computing and quantum computing, funded partly by NSF grants.  With multiple opportunities to participate in the $565 million JobsOhio Cleveland Innovation District project, the new chair will also play an important role in a vision to development CS+X degree implementation through active collaboration across the university. 

Cleveland State University is a vibrant urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body of more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students. According to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Employers by State” 2022 ranking. CSU is ranked the best place to work in Greater Cleveland and the second-best employer in all of Ohio. CSU is a young (est. 1964), rapidly evolving university with a growing research profile. 

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Nominations and Applications

Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply before April 7.

To apply for this position or for further information on this exciting opportunity:

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to;

Concetta M. Stewart, PhD, Principal,

Tamara Jhashi, PhD, Executive Search Consultant,

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran, or genetic information.