Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023
Position Information
Classification Title State University Faculty
Hire Types Faculty
Division Academic Affairs 2
Department Sciences
Unit Computer Science and Cybersecurity
FLSA Exempt
Full/Part Time Full Time
FTE 1.0
Employment Condition Unlimited
Work Shift
Work Schedule/Hours/Days
Posting Details
Metro State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, is seeking to hire two faculty members in Cybersecurity. These are fulltime probationary (tenure-track) positions within the Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity and will start on August 12, 2024
Salary Minimum See below
Salary Maximum See below
Salary Type Annual
Bargaining Unit/Plan 209, IFO
Job Description
Faculty members are expected to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, and/or Digital Forensics effectively to a diverse, contemporary student population and contribute to meaningful assessment of student learning.
  • Engage in scholarly activity, creative achievement, and/or research.
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study.
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance.
  • Engage in service to the university and community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student body by delivering a student-centered education and using approaches that support equitable outcomes for all students.
Required Qualifications
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in the specified discipline(s), with enrollment in a doctoral program for fields in which the doctoral degree is the terminal degree. Doctoral program must be successfully completed within 5 years to meet the requirement for tenure.
  • Demonstrated potential for success in teaching and professional service activities.
  • A plan for scholarly activity, creative achievement, and/or research in the specified discipline(s), or related disciplines.
  • Effective Communication skills (written and verbal) to communicate with a variety of persons and groups.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work collegially with faculty and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds, and at an institution with a culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse workforce and student population.
  • Specific Technical, Computer, and/or Software skills (as needed).
Preferred Qualifications
  • An earned PhD. in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or a closely related field. Candidates who will finish their PhD before August 9, 2024, will be considered.
  • Ability to teach variety of undergraduate courses in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, and Digital Forensics, such as Computer Networking and Security, Computer and Mobile Forensics, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, Cryptography, Digital Evidence Analysis, Object-Oriented Design, Algorithm Analysis and Design, and Distributed and Parallel Programming.
  • Ability and willingness to teach one or more graduate level courses such as Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering, Secure Programming/Scripting, Cloud and IoT Security, Industrial Control Systems/SCADA Security, Digital Forensics, Advanced Cryptography, Cellular and Wireless Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.
  • Ability to develop and start a successful applied research program in cutting edge areas of computing and cybersecurity.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness teaching at a post-secondary level.
  • Experience developing course curricula at a post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrated contributions to assessment of student learning at a post-secondary institution.
  • Professional development and/or expertise in culturally responsive pedagogy, anti-racist pedagogy, and/or universal design.
  • Experience as an academic advisor for students at post-secondary institution.
Other Requirements
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We are the urban, public, comprehensive university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff, and students of Metro State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.
Metro State University provides an excellent, inclusive, and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and empower our students to change the world their way, pursing and applying knowledge to create a better future for our communities. The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters, and applied doctoral degrees. We equip our diverse, contemporary learners with the knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills, and information literacy to analyze and resolve the problems of today and tomorrow through high quality liberal arts, professional, and graduate education.
Metro State is a five-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2023. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, our employees serve more than 9,000 diverse, contemporary learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell Grants. Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metro State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area or take their courses wherever they are through our many distance-learning and hybrid course offerings, allowing Metro State to truly be “where learning meets living.” Metro State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (In the top 1.6% and ranked # 22 out of 1,441 in 2022). Recognized in 2008 and 2016 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and services designed to support an urban mission.
As a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Metro State University actively works to achieve the Equity 2030 goal of the system, with initiatives to close disparities among student groups that focus on academic programs, policies and procedures, and effective student support. In addition, equity and anti-racism strategies are focused on building an inclusive and welcoming campus climate, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and developing our capacity to serve students in a culturally responsive manner. The university is guided by a strategic plan with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.”
Visit the Metro State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at their website.
The School/Academic Department: The School/Academic Department: The Department of Computer Science and Cybersecurity (CSC) is currently the second largest department at Metro State. CSC’s students can choose from four undergraduate majors: Cybersecurity (an NSA-validated Program of Study), Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, and Computer Forensics. The department also offers graduate programs including Master of Science (MS) in Cyber Operations, MS and Professional Master of Science (PSM) in Computer Science, and a combined BS+MS degree in Cyber Operations. In addition, the CSC department serves students from the Data Science major administered by the Mathematics and Statistics Department. With Cybersecurity as a validated program of study, Metro State is also designated as the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (NCAE-CD) institution. GradReports ranked the Computer Science and Cybersecurity Department #9 in the nation in 2020 in order of highest median salary one year after graduation for students with Information Technology baccalaureates. Additionally, per the US Department of Education Metropolitan State was #35 in the US in the number of African American graduates from undergraduate programs in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services in 2021-2022. Located at Metro State’s main St. Paul campus, the Department currently houses 10 tenured or tenure-track faculty. In a typical academic year, a full-time faculty member teaches five courses (undergraduate and/or graduate), split between two semesters. In addition, the faculty member will supervise graduate research projects, engage in scholarship, advising, and service.
The department enjoys multiple grants from NSF, NSA, MN State, and the private sector for performing innovative and applied research on cybersecurity, computer science, and forensics. The department is the home of MN Cyber, a statewide institute for research and training in cybersecurity, forensics, and IoT. MN Cyber Academy provides training for industry related certifications. MN Cyber Range, a first in Minnesota, is a military grade Cyber Range for providing advanced training and conducting research in Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) Security. Please refer to the department website (https://www.metrostate.edu/academics/sciences/computer-sciences-and-cybersecurity) and MN Cyber website (https://www.metrostate.edu/mncyber) for more information.

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Benefits Info
Please note: Filling of these positions is dependent upon budget.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.
Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) which can be found at on the Minnesota State Employee and Labor Relations website.
For the most current information on the Inter Faculty Organization, go to www.ifo.org