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Distinguished Visiting Professor (Data Science)


United States Naval Academy, Computer Science Department


Initial application review will begin on December 1, 2021 and then continue until the position is filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The Naval Academy’s Computer Science Department invites applications for the Sammon Distinguished Visiting Professor in Data Science. A Distinguished Visiting Professor is expected to have a strong reputation and technical expertise in Computer Science, Data Science, or a closely related field.  Applications are encouraged from all relevant topical areas. 

Depending on the candidate's interests, the initial appointment can be for one or two years and is anticipated to begin in late July 2022.  Some examples of people who could thrive in this position:

  • Academic faculty on sabbatical
  • Non-profit leaders in computing-related fields
  • Senior government employees from related agencies
  • Professionals currently in practice with interesting and relevant industry experience
  • Professionals nearing retirement who are interested in a different way of further contributing to their field

The Naval Academy features a diverse set of students representing every part of the United States and a number of other countries, drawn together by a desire to serve in their future careers.  As part of this culture, the Computer Science Department is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty.  We therefore encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.  Note that no military background is needed as this is a civilian faculty position.

The department offers a Computer Science major (with 150 current students), and also leads a new interdisciplinary major in Data Science. We currently have a faculty of 16. The successful applicant can expect small class sizes (typically 10-20 students), a highly collaborative and collegial department, numerous opportunities for internal and external research collaboration, competitive compensation and excellent federal benefits. In addition, the brand new Data Science major offers interested faculty a unique opportunity to shape and contribute to a new program that will impact many future leaders.

The department is housed in Grace Hopper Hall, a new, state of the art building overlooking the scenic Severn River. Our spaces provide outstanding office, laboratory, and research facilities for both students and faculty, including specialized labs for robotics and networking, seven computing labs, as well as six dedicated faculty research and collaboration spaces.

The Naval Academy is an undergraduate institution located in historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.  Roughly half of the faculty are tenured or tenure track civilian professors with Ph.D.s who balance superb teaching with excellent research.  The remaining faculty are active duty military officers with Masters or Doctoral degrees.  Each year the academy graduates about 1000 undergraduate students with majors in the sciences, engineering, and humanities.  More information about the department and the Academy can be found at and

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate courses in computer science and/or data science
  • Assist with the development of our new Data Science program
  • Mentor students
  • Collaborate with faculty
  • Arrange for guest speakers

This is a 10-month, gift-funded, federal excepted service position.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. (or a M.S. with substantial commensurate experience) in Computer Science, Data Science, or closely related field.


  • Experience teaching undergraduate-level computing courses or in-house short courses/presentations on computing topics in industry.


  • Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three or more references as part of their application submission.  Candidates are encouraged to include as part of their cover letter a summary of any prior teaching, research, or industry experience that might be relevant for a position of this type. 
  • Additionally, applicants are encouraged to discuss their experiences and/or plans for teaching or mentoring a diverse set of students. Where possible, applicants are also encouraged to include information that elaborates on the strength of their research program (such as conference acceptance rates or research awards).


  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
    • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.
  • Initial review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and then continue until the position is filled. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

Announcement: CS-21-22-3

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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