Open Chair Position

Chair, Informatics Department

The Ying Wu College of Computing at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) welcomes applications for the position of Chairperson of the Informatics Department. The new Chair will lead the expansion of the department, recently created by combining the Information Systems Department and the Information Technology Program. The Chair will work closely with the Dean of the College in transforming the college into a prominent player in the NY/NJ tech community, which is a strong priority for NJIT.

DEPARTMENT: Informatics has a strong research and academic emphasis on data intensive computing, human centered computing, game design, augmented reality/virtual reality, security, and network administration. The department is well-ranked nationally for information systems and game design. We offer ABET accredited baccalaureate programs in Web and Information Systems, Business and Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, and Information Technology. We also offer MS programs in Business and Information Systems, IT Administration and Security, and a PhD in Information Systems. The department enrolls over 760 undergraduate and 380 graduate students.  The college enrolls over 2,700 students and is the largest generator of computing talent in the tri-state area. The college and department have strong connections with local industry and work closely with many corporations through student Capstone projects, internships, and joint R&D projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have earned a doctorate in a relevant discipline, and should be an experienced and visionary academic leader with a distinguished research record. The candidate should qualify for a tenured position in the department at the rank of Full Professor. The Chair reports to the Dean of the Ying Wu College of Computing.

LOCATION: NJIT is located in Newark, NJ and is just a 30 minute train ride from New York City and its burgeoning Silicon Alley tech sector. The NJ area around NJIT features a high concentration of industry and businesses, with many opportunities for research collaboration and consulting. The region offers a variety of living environments, from lively urban to quiet suburbs to the Jersey shore, with excellent school districts.

APPLYING: Applications received by 15 January 2018 will receive full consideration. However, applications are welcome until the position is filled.

  1. To apply, pease click this link.
  2. Create your application, and post your cover letter and CV.  Include the names and contact information of five references.
  3. Append supplemental materials (e.g., research and teaching statements, sample publications) to your CV or email to: informatics-chairsearch@njit.edu 

Address questions to: informatics-chairsearch@njit.edu  

An EEO employer, NJIT offers a welcoming and supportive community of students and colleagues, and encourages applications from diverse individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women.


Additional Recruiting Information

Department Focus
Program Characteristics/Degree Programs
Campus Characteristics
IS and IT Outside of a Business School
College Structure
Location, Location, Location
Research and Entrepreneurship Infrastructure

Department Focus

Informatics Department faculty and research focus on Human-Centered Computing, Data-Intensive Research, and IT.  Grant-funded research forms an important part of our work.  Interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged across the university and with other partners.

The Informatics department resides within the Ying Wu College of Computing, which is undergoing significant growth as a priority area for NJIT. Applied research, collaboration with industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported. Performance and tenure expectations are aligned with those of the broader computing community, with an emphasis on grant funding and publishing in top conferences and journals.

The Ying Wu College of Computing comprises 23% of the NJIT enrollment, educating more than 2,700 students in computing disciplines, and graduating more than 750 computing professionals every year. As such, it is the largest generator of computing talent in the tri-state area. 

Program Characteristics/Degree Programs IS Degrees

Information Systems Degrees:

  • Undergraduate Programs
    BS Business & IS, BS Human-Computer Interaction, BS Web & IS, BA IS
     
  • Master’s Programs
    MS IS, MS Business & IS
     
  • PhD Program
    Concentrations in Human-Centered Computing and Data Intensive Research

 

Information Systems Degrees:

  • Undergraduate Programs
    BS Information Technology
  • Master’s Programs
    MS IT Administration & Security

 

Our MS degrees also are available through e-learning, which includes a large amount of class discussion and interaction in a structured computer conferencing environment. NJIT has been a pioneer in distance education, and holds the copyright for the term "Virtual Classroom."
 
We are in the qualification process as a Carnegie Classification "Extensive Doctoral/Research University," which is their most prestigious classification.
 
NJIT has a very strong reputation in New Jersey, graduating about 1/4 of all engineers in the state.


Campus Characteristics 

NJIT is the largest technical State University in the NY-NJ tri-state area and is undergoing rapid transformation.  Located at University Heights in Newark, NJIT is at the center of large urban renewal project.

  • University Heights: Within walking distance of Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, St. Michael's Medical Center, and Essex Community College, the combined student population of University Heights is over 30,000.
  • Number of students in College (CS/Informatics combined): 2,700
  • Number of Ph.D. students in IS Department (full and part-time): 14
  • Number of students on Campus: 11, 500+
  • We offer primarily evening classes for graduate courses.

Among our gym facilities, we are opening a state-of-the-art Wellness Center with a 25-meter pool and diving area, fitness center, courts and running track. All facilities are free of charge to faculty and students.

 

IS and IT Outside of a Business School 

Residing outside a business school expands the breadth of Informatics academics and research to diverse domains: business, education and learning, medical, community support, engineering, science, liberal arts, agriculture, etc. Thus while we have courses with a traditional MIS focus, several courses and most research focus on Human-Centered Computing, Data-Intensive Research, and Information Technology.


NJIT also has an IS group inside the School of Management. We do work closely with them, with research collaboration and joint faculty appointments.  Also, Rutgers University across the street has a Graduate School of Management.


College Structure 

The Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC) was formed on July 1st, 2001 out of a very large CIS Department, which had been in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA). YWCC has two departments: Informatics and Computer Science. NJIT has 5 other colleges: CSLA, Martin Tuchman School of Management, Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, and the Albert Dorman Honors College.
 

Location, Location, Location 

NJIT is located 30-minutes from Silicon Alley and New York City by train. Our IS and IT programs are among the largest in the New York metropolitan area. The area has a high concentration of industry and businesses, with many opportunities for research collaboration and consulting. Many of our students work for major corporations in the area.

The area offers a variety of living environments from lively urban (New York, Hoboken) to quiet suburbs with excellent school districts (within a 10-minute drive), to hills, farmland and to the shore (1-hour drive).


Research and Entrepreneurship Infrastructure 

Informatics has several laboratory facilities. We are an Internet 2 university.

NJIT has a lot of research collaboration across departments, schools and with Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, both within walking distance of NJIT. In addition, being located in the metro-New York area gives us access to many companies and industries on both sides of the Hudson River. Industrial-partnering for research is both feasible and encouraged.

Faculty and student entrepreneurship is encouraged and new hires will have the opportunity to advise Ph.D. candidates and to work with start-ups housed by NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center with over 90 companies.

Besides a substantial number of Ph.D. students, we have an abundance of masters students and undergraduates.  This provides a lot of opportunities for students to help out on semester-long programming projects, engage in an undergraduate or masters thesis, and gain experience with research projects.