Pool for Part-time Lecturer AY, Computer Science Department

  • Sonoma State University
  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
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Job Description

Department Of Computer Science

Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary Faculty
Location: Sonoma
Categories: Temporary, Part Time, Instructional Faculty - Temporary Faculty,
Unit 3 CFA - California Faculty Association

Department of Computer Science
Temporary Faculty Position (Lecturer)

Our Commitment

Guided by our core values as a university: diversity, sustainability, community engagement, and adaptability, Sonoma State University (SSU) offers an education that fosters intellectual, social, and personal growth. SSU is a public liberal arts and sciences university. As the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in the state of California, we are committed to preparing students for a life of active citizenship and public service. We have a vibrant campus life characterized by a lively co-curriculum that fosters broad based intellectual and artistic opportunities in which the campus as a whole is actively engaged. Faculty members are committed to facilitating spaces in which all can grow by building on our scholars’ assets as they explore new knowledge. These efforts include fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, experimentation, empathy, and communication. We strive to create a diverse, equity-minded, and inclusive campus environment. Faculty are expected to collaborate thoughtfully with our staff and scholars, which means we value the full range of everyone's assets in terms of languages, abilities, cultures, and ways of knowing. We are fully committed to the rights of scholars, staff, and faculty. We are especially interested in candidates who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The University

Sonoma State University’s beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco. The campus offers the ideal setting for teaching and learning and access to a community of rich cultural, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Founded in 1960, SSU is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System. As members of the largest public higher educational system in the nation, we provide accessible, high-quality education. Sonoma State University is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution, as such we are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff reflecting the linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the region and state.

The Department

The Computer Science Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree with 300 majors, as well as a minor in computer science. The department faculty, four full-time tenured and one half time, have collective areas of expertise that span theoretical as well as applied areas of computer science. Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is rooted in the proud tradition of a liberal arts education and is based on the IEEE/ACM Computer Science Curricula. Teaching excellence and mentoring students are central to our mission. We are committed to expanding and diversifying participation for groups traditionally underrepresented in computer science, and we strongly encourage faculty candidates with similar goals and relevant experience to apply.

We promote close collaboration of faculty and students that leads to research projects that are worthy of publication, as well as software system projects with research and industrial applications. Our students come to us with diverse educational backgrounds. After graduation, most students accept jobs at wide variety of companies such as Apple, Broadcom, FIS Mobile, Google, IBM, Disney, and Sonoma Technology, while others pursue graduate studies.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the department’s web page at:


Duties of the Position

We are seeking qualified candidates who are able to serve in one or both of the following capacities:
  • Lab Instructors: The Computer Science Department offers many courses that consist of a lecture and a closed lab - a course component that is closely tied to the lecture and whose activities reinforce and complement the topics that are covered in the lecture. Each closed lab meets once a week, for three hours, in a classroom that is equipped with iMac workstations.

    Successful candidates for this position lead lab sessions and provide assistance to students as they work on their assignments. The instructor of the lecture component leads the course and is responsible for the course in its entirety, including the design of the hands-on assignments that the students are expected to complete during the lab meetings. Lab instructors are expected to be informed about the entire course through the material that the lead lecture instructor makes available to them and to coordinate closely with the lead instructor throughout the semester. Even though they might give a short overview of the lab at the start of the session, the lab instructors usually do not give lectures introducing new material. They answer students’ questions related to the topics covered in the lecture, and help them design, develop, and debug their lab assignments. In addition, the lab instructors are expected to grade lab assignments.

  • Lecturers: Those applying for this position are expected to teach an entire course in their area of expertise. Giving lectures, as one of the teaching modalities, is an integral part of these positions. In addition, the candidates are expected to design the course material for the entire semester, develop and assign homework and projects, devise and administer quizzes and exams, provide graded feedback to students, and hold office hours. The list of topics and the goals of the courses will be provided to the instructors by the Computer Science Department. Examples of courses in this category are Discrete Structures for Computer Science, Database Management System Design, Software Engineering, and Introduction to Linux. In addition to the courses in our curriculum that have designated names, such as the few examples that were just noted, the candidates might be invited to create specialized electives in their area(s) of expertise. Examples of these courses are High-Performance Computing and Cloud Computing.

Professional Qualifications

To be considered for inclusion in our hiring pool, the candidates must have one of a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science or a closely related field. Candidates without a postgraduate degree must have substantial postsecondary teaching and/or industry experience.

Qualifications for Lab Instructors include:
  • mastery of the course topics and the programming language(s) that are used in the labs for which they apply.
  • ability to work one-on-one with students.
  • capacity to coordinate closely with the lead instructor of the course.
  • a commitment to working as part of a diverse team, educating a diverse student body.

Qualifications for Lecturers include:
  • expertise in the subject area to be taught.
  • ability to work one-on-one with students.
  • a demonstrated commitment to teaching a diverse group of students at the undergraduate level.

Rank and Salary

Full-time is a 15-unit workload per semester. Actual salary is dependent upon the number of units assigned, educational preparation, and availability of funds subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases.
  • Salary commensurate with degree level and experience.
  • Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,530 - $6,056 per full-time month.
  • The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salary range indicated above is prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.
  • Selection as a candidate in the applicant pool, does not guarantee employment. Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a part-time, temporary basis and contingent upon department needs and funding.
  • Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided for temporary faculty appointments.
  • Expenses incurred to attend an interview for temporary faculty positions are not reimbursed by the University.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, go to jobs.sonoma.edu and click on the Staff & Faculty Career Opportunities link. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not previously applied, you will be prompted to create an account. You can use this account to apply to multiple positions. Once you have submitted the application, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. Please do not send materials to facultysearch@sonoma.edu . If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email facultysearch@sonoma.edu .

Please submit:
  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Student Evaluations (or other evidence of teaching effectiveness), if applicable
  • Contact Information for 2 References

Application procedures for temporary faculty already teaching in the department:
  • Temporary Faculty with three-year contracts do not need to reapply.
  • Temporary Faculty who had a paid appointment during the prior academic year with your department (either one or both semesters); this includes Lecturers on the Re-Employment list are not required to apply through the Recruitment Pool unless they would like to be evaluated to teach additional courses, not currently designated as qualified to teach.

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Contact Information

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

Dr. Mark Gondree


Please refer to the requisition number on all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.

The ADA Coordinator is also available ( hraccomodations@sonoma.edu ) to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information

The university is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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 as a condition of employment.

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Advertised: May 11 2023 Pacific Daylight Time
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