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Becker College: Founding Director of the Data Science Program


Responsibilities include: thought leadership, program development, network development, industry engagement, research, effective classroom teaching, student advising, college service, and professional scholarship.



Becker College At: Becker College
Location: Worcester, MA
Web: www.becker.edu



The amount of stored information grows four times faster than the world economy, while the processing power of computers grows nine times faster.
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Given this reality, at Becker College we believe all jobs of the future will include some form of data competency, and as such, we seek to hire an entrepreneurial leader as our Founding Director of the Data Science Program.

Becker is an entrepreneurial small private college with a track record of building new programs that quickly achieve market leader status. In 2005, seeing rising market demand for educated professionals for the digital gaming industry, we launched a digital gaming program, which quickly became top-ranked by The Princeton Review and others and remains a leading national program with tight affiliation with the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), which we founded on our campus in 2011.

Becker offers cognate areas for data science in animal studies, healthcare and biology, business, game design, criminal justice and forensics, psychology, and more-there are multiple pathways to build data programs here at Becker.

Becker College invites applications and nominees for our recently established position of Founding Director of the Data Science program. The position will carry faculty rank at the full, associate, or assistant level, based on experience.

The undergraduate program in data science, or "big data," consists of the following interdisciplinary components: computer science, statistics, and a third corresponding cognate area. Applicants should be able to teach classes in the program's core, such as data mining, data visualization, machine learning, and "big data" tools like Hadoop. The search committee asks candidates to identify at least one area of interest in the application of data science to another discipline.

Responsibilities include: thought leadership, program development, network development, industry engagement, research, effective classroom teaching, student advising, college service, and professional scholarship. This is a great entrepreneurial opportunity to build a new flagship area for the college.

_Contact_:
Email to Kathleen M. Garvey, Kathleen.Garvey@becker.edu.

About Becker College.
Becker College is amidst a transformation. Under the leadership of President Robert Johnson, PhD, the institution has risen in the rankings, grown enrollment, expanded geographic reach of students, launched new institutes, attracted significant capital to fund further expansion, and is on track to reach university status by 2020. The College currently enrolls nearly 2,000 students and has campuses in Worcester and Leicester Massachusetts.

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