University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

ID: 7054685
Posted: December 6, 2018

Job Description

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
Northwestern Mutual, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are partnering to create the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute (DSI). The Institute will build a technology ecosystem in southeast Wisconsin, advance this region as a national hub for technology, research, and business, and develop a pipeline of technical talent for this region. Its mission is to inspire and cultivate passion for data science through a unique partnership of academia and industry that galvanizes the brightest minds in the Milwaukee region to solve some of our world’s most pressing problems, fuel wonder and intellectual curiosity, and inspire the next generation of data scientists. The vision of the Data Science Institute is to become a world-class institute that transforms our world through the power of data science. A significant component of this partnership agreement is an endowed professorship at each university. The $40 million Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute equipped with endowed professorships will enable additional research opportunities, promote student activities, and the hosting of events that bring attention to data science innovation and create a pipeline of talent for the area.

Job Summary
The person holding the Professorship will concurrently serve as the UWM Co-Director of the Institute and collaborate with the Co-Director of the Institute at Marquette University and Institute partners from Northwestern Mutual. The Co-Director will be deeply involved in the establishment of the DSI and its on-going operations, including facilitating participation by faculty with expertise in related disciplines. The Professor/Co-Director will be part of a core team at UWM that includes the Provost, Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The Co-Director will utilize a faculty advisory board that will assist in providing strategic direction, oversight of operations, the establishment of research priorities, and curricular and course proposal review. In partnership with the Co-Director of the Institute at Marquette University and Institute partners from Northwestern Mutual, this person will form and co-lead an Institute Steering Committee and an Industry Advisory Committee. The Co-Director will be responsible for ensuring that UWM fulfills its responsibilities as provided in the Institute’s governing documents. In their capacity as Co-Director, the person holding the Professorship shall report to the UWM Provost and UWM Chancellor.

The term of the endowed Professorship/Co-Director may be for up to four (4) consecutive years, with an opportunity for multiple renewals upon performance review and the recommendation of the Provost and approval by the Chancellor.

Minimum Qualifications
• PhD degree or equivalent terminal degree with record consistent with appointment as tenured associate or full professor.
• Significant professional accomplishments in data science.
• Demonstrated understanding of curricular requirements for data science education, at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, institutional requirements for sponsored research, and industry needs for data science workforce.

Preferred Qualifications
• Extensive experience that demonstrates successful, visionary leadership of a complex organization.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully with advisory boards.
• Sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in working with both internal and external stakeholders.
• Significant experience and ability to form and lead interdisciplinary teams; experience with leading inter-institutional teams
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
• Established track record with securing funding from appropriate sources, such as federal/state agencies, foundations, corporations and venture funds.

Application Instructions
Applicants must apply online and submit application materials electronically.

Application materials include the following: 1) cover letter 2) resume/curriculum vitae describing the candidate’s educational background, research, publications, work experience, and courses taught, and 3) and a document listing the names and contact information of three professional references.

In addition, applicants must answer the posting specific questions in this application related to their experience. Please limit your responses to 200-250 characters per question. If an applicant does not have relevant experience, “Not applicable” will be considered an acceptable response.

In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether they meet any of the qualifications, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications.

Per UW System Policy on Recruitment (TC1) and UWM guidelines finalist(s) for this position shall be asked questions related to Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment.


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