Academic Department Head (School of Information Security & Applied Computing)

  • Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
  • College of Eng & Technology
  • Academic & Student Affairs
  • College of Engineering & Technology
  • Staff Full Time
  • Opening on: Nov 18 2022

Position:      Director – School of  Information Security & Applied Computing

The School of Information Security & Applied Computing (SISAC) in the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) invites applications for a School Director position. SISAC, as a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education by the National Security Agency, offers two undergraduate degree programs in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (IACD), and Information Technology (IT), a master’s degree in Cybersecurity, and a doctoral degree in Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity. The anticipated start date is August 20, 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities for the successful candidates will be:

  • Administering and directing the developmental, personnel, financial, and operational activities of the School in collaboration with faculty.
  • Preparing and monitoring the departmental budget for personnel services, supplies, maintenance, and equipment, as well as other grants and contracts.
  • Ensuring alignment of departmental goals with college and university goals.
  • Providing departmental leadership in the development of new initiatives/programs and revision of existing ones.
  • Evaluating faculty performance for tenure, promotion, and salary adjustment recommendations to the Dean of the College.
  • Planning, developing, and scheduling departmental course offerings, advising students and supporting faculty regarding such matters as curricular requirements, transfer of courses.
  • Undertaking outreach initiatives to two-year colleges for articulation agreements.
  • Managing availability of classes and academic problems and/or grievances.
  • Recruiting and interviewing prospective faculty.
  • Advising and assisting the College Dean in program and policy development.
  • Administering and managing school resources.
  • Participating in local, national, and professional associations to continue academic development and promote the University. 
  • Establishing and maintaining public relations activities with governmental, educational, civic, and community agencies.
  • Cultivating alumni and other donor connections to garner financial support for departmental projects and programs.
  • Approving school listings in graduate and undergraduate catalogs,
  • Consulting with department faculty at periodic staff meetings and as needed.
  • Administering collective bargaining master agreements,
  • Teaching a school course or equivalent during one or more semesters.
  • Performing related departmental duties as required,
  • Providing mentorship and support to tenure track faculty in teaching, service, and research/scholarly activities.
  • Building research teams to target  high-valued research opportunities.


The successful candidate for this position should have:

  • A Ph.D. in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in curriculum development and experience with leading accreditation, such as NSA CAE, ABET, or others.
  • Experience as a director or department head for a team of cybersecurity (or related discipline) faculty, for multiple years with an excellent track record and outstanding faculty testimonials.
  • Experience (4-5 years) successfully leading a related program, especially in Cybersecurity, preferably at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Experience in hiring, evaluating, and mentoring full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Experience in supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in related field.
  • Commensurate record of academic or professional accomplishments. 
  • Proven success in working collaboratively to advance academic programs with a high level of interpersonal skills and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom; and a commitment to cultivating a climate in the school where students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds can thrive.
  • Experience with modern Cybersecurity curriculum, preferably having taught Cybersecurity courses. 
  • Experience in recruiting and retaining Cybersecurity students.
  • Experience in service at various levels of the university, such as college council, faculty senate, etc.
  • Experience in grant submission processes, supporting faculty pursuing grants, and/or managing external funding.
  • Background and qualification to be a tenured professor in one of the programs in the school.
  • Records of successful academic administrative leadership in the computing field in higher education academic institutions.
  • High-quality teaching records with innovative instructional materials and technologies including course, lab and program development.
  • Records of leading high-valued research teams and programs in their research field.
  • Strong background in managing personnel and resources including leading faculty.
  • Strong communication skills and awareness of principles of shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Records of strong and successful student and faculty recruitment efforts.
  • Outstanding references/testimonials from faculty that the candidate has managed in the past, if applicable.


Supplemental Information and Documents:

All applications must be submitted online.

Applications must include all the following materials:

  • Letter of interest.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A brief statement that defines goals and strategies for building a future-ready and high-achieving school, while reflecting on related past experiences, where applicable.
  • Statement of research interest(s).
  • The names and contact information of three professional references.
  • Previous director/department head evaluations, where applicable.
  • Review of the applications will begin on February 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

    For further questions, please email the Search Committee Chair: Samir Tout, Ph.D. at


    Administrative supervision is exercised over school faculty, and technical and clerical support staff.


    This position reports to the Dean of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology.

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