Hiring Lecturers (face-to-face and online) at Georgia Tech

January 24, 2014 at 9:23 am 2 comments

The College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia invites applications for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Instructor or Lecturer (based on experience) to start in May 2014.  Primary responsibilities are to provide high quality classroom teaching and service to the department.  In addition, the College is specifically looking for candidates interested in performing as Instructor of Record for large online master’s degree courses with prerecorded video lecture content.  Applicants must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field. This position is renewable annually based on funding and the needs of the College.  This is a 9 month contract although summer teaching is typically available.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, material relevant to evaluating the applicant’s teaching abilities, and the names of at least three references.    These documents should be emailed to recruiting@cc.gatech.edu with “Lecturer Vacancy” in the subject line.  Also, candidates are requested to ask references to send their letters directly to the search committee via electronic mail to recruiting@cc.gatech.edu and ask them to put your name in the subject line.  For full consideration, interested individuals are asked to apply by April 15, 2014.  However, posting will remain open until position(s) are filled.

Duties, Responsibilities and Assignments

The overall responsibility of the lecturers and instructors at the College of Computing is to teach such Computer Science classes as are assigned to them, usually the large first and second year classes.  The specific duties involved in teaching such a class are:

1.     Preparing and maintaining a class syllabus and schedule.

2.     Preparing and delivering materials for each of the scheduled meeting times of the class. For Online courses monitor course progress and activity and respond appropriately to any problems.

3.     Holding regularly scheduled office hours to assist students who are having any difficulty with course materials.

4.     If Teaching Assistants (TAs) are required for the class,

  • a.      Making the selection of TAs to hire for the class
  • b.     Ensuring that each TA is trained with respect to their legal obligations to the students and to the technical content of the class.
  • c.      Ensuring appropriate conduct of the TAs.

5.     Supervising the development of, and approving the content of, all assignments given to the students in the class.

6.     Supervising the development of, and approving the content of, all evaluation materials given to the students in the class.

7.     Supervising and ensuring the correctness and fairness of all grading activities in the class.

8.     Computing and delivering to the Registrar’s Office mid-term and final grades for the class.

9.     Assisting in reviews of their fellow lecturers on a regular basis.

10.  Participating in committees and other administrative activities as required by the administration.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  January 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Please reconcile this post with your previous one, in which you quoted a 1982 paper (uncited) as currently applicable:

    There is a consistent pattern in their responses and the results can be applied without exception to the computer field whether the departments are located in engineering schools or elsewhere. 80% of the universities are responding by increasing teaching loads, 50% by decreasing course offerings and concentrating their available faculty on larger but fewer courses, and 66% are using more graduate-student teaching assistants or part-time faculty. 35% report reduced research opportunities for faculty as a result.

    Why isn’t Georgia Tech hiring full-time tenure-track faculty?

    According to the MLA database at http://www.mla.org/acad_work_data?id=139755 (based on the government’s IPEDS surveys), Georgia Tech uses mainly tenure-track faculty 89.8% tenure track, when a lot of big-name schools are between 50% and 80%. Are these new hires an attempt by the administration to undermine what appears to be a fairly traditional faculty structure and replace them with freeway flyers?

    • 2. Mark Guzdial  |  January 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Sorry for not providing the cite. Here’s how I’ve seen it cited:

      Kent K. Curtis. Computer manpower: Is there a crisis?
      Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, 1983.

      You raise a great question. It’s in line with your recent post on the academic workforce. I think we’re going to see a rise in non-tenure-track faculty in computing at Georgia Tech, as a way of dealing with the enrollment at a time when the state of Georgia is unwilling to raise the number of tenure-track faculty.


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