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Associate Professor of Cybersecurity

California State University San Marcos
Job Location:
San Marcos, California
Computer Science
Associate Professor of Cybersecurity

Job No: 519586
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Locations: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Computer Science

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor
Department: Computer Science
Starting Date: Fall 2023

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at California State University San Marcos invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate Professor level beginning Fall 2023 with a specialization in Cybersecurity. Assistant Professors with significant teaching/industry/government experience will also be considered. We are looking for faculty with research expertise that includes Cybersecurity and/or privacy, which the University has identified as a significant area for continuing development. This faculty will eventually serve as Program Director for our Masters of Science in Cybersecurity and planned B.S. Cybersecurity (currently in approval cycle). The Program Director is a key leadership position that provides resources for a quality learning experience for students, ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is undergoing a period of extensive growth. The department has 16 tenure track faculty, 8 adjunct faculty, and more than 1000 students in B.S. Computer Science, B.S. Computer Information Systems, B.S. Software Engineering, M.S. Computer Science, and M.S. Cybersecurity. B.S. Cybersecurity and B.S. Computer engineering programs are in the approval process to be offered in the near future.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Cal State San Marcos as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The M.S. in Cybersecurity is recognized by the National Professional Science Master's Association and the Council of Graduate Schools.

Minimum Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, or related field. Candidates with Master's degrees with extensive relevant professional experience may be considered.
  • Commitment to and potential for excellence in teaching and research in the cybersecurity field.
  • Demonstrated competence in industrial/community partnership building, initiative, innovation, leadership, and strategic decision making.
  • Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with colleagues and in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the cybersecurity field.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Prior leadership experience in higher education, industry, or government.
  • Expertise will expand the education and research opportunities currently offered by the department.
  • Experience working in/with industry or government.
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate eligibility to hold confidential security clearance.
  • Develop and teach courses in Cybersecurity and related areas, as well as teach core courses and general education classes.
  • Supervise graduate (M.S) student projects and theses.
  • Seek external funding to support research and education in Cybersecurity and related areas.
  • Publish research findings and, if applicable, contribute to the practice and in industry.
  • Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community.
Duties as the Program Director include:
  • Oversee program curriculum quality and management.
  • Update program content and materials and/or delivery methods based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
  • Prepare position announcements, select instructors, and assign instructors.
  • Convene regular meetings with course instructors, so they are aware of how their course(s) with within the overall program.
  • Confer with members of the steering committee on matters of curriculum, student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge.
  • Work with appropriate university units to develop course and program assessments that evaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve student learning outcomes.
  • Engage with external expert reviewers to review program content and execute reviewer recommendations as applicable.
  • Convene and chair industry advisory board meetings to guide development of relevant and current instructional content and methods.
  • Coordinate the application review processes; lead orientation and information sessions, outreach, and recruiting; advise students.
  • Seek out and secure Semester-In-Residence opportunities for students; serve on all Semester-In-Residence project committees.
Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the CSUSM Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of management philosophy/experience relevant to a program director.
  • Statement of research interests/plans.
  • Statement of teaching interests and philosophy.
  • Three professional references.
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

Per the California State University's Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy, can be found at CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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