Program Director - Cybersecurity Engineering Program

Washington University in St. Louis   •  

Saint Louis, MO

Industry: Education.


Not Specified years

Posted 327 days ago


Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. 

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Cybersecurity Engineering Program.  This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


We are seeking applicants for the position of Program Director, Cybersecurity Engineering program (CYSE). Over the next several years, the School expects to invest significant resources to build a world-class teaching infrastructure to support the program as well as to capitalize on corporate and government engagement with the program. The candidate will take the leading role in building, integrating, and growing the program to meet the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled, technically-adroit engineers to meet the cybersecurity threats facing organizations and individuals. The candidate will take an active role in ongoing program strategy and development, curriculum and course development, faculty hiring, interdisciplinary outreach, and external engagement with corporate and government stakeholders in the St. Louis region and beyond.


  • Lead and shape the ongoing strategic direction of the CYSE program in concert with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Chair, faculty, staff and key SEAS stakeholders.
  • Manage the program to drive performance in terms of student enrollments, cost parameters, and budget goals.
  • Provide curriculum oversight, assessment, evaluation, and improvement. Establish and propose changes/deletions/additions to a program curriculum committee.
  • Oversee development of new academic offerings such as programs, certificates, short courses, and credentials.
  • Ensure the program curriculum, content, and/or delivery methods incorporate emerging practice, changes in the discipline, and data on instructional effectiveness.
  • Assess, advocate for, and facilitate the implementation of technical capabilities, hardware, and software to support high quality, practical learning for CYSE students, including laboratory infrastructure.
  • Work with Department and SEAS research groups, other schools within the University, like-minded higher education organizations, and industry and government organizations to integrate relevant streams of cybersecurity research and expertise into the CYSE program.
  • Explore and develop collaboration with industry, government, and professional organizations with a stake in cybersecurity education and research for student projects, research, internships, recruiting, and other similar opportunities.
  • Represent the program and the school at University and external meetings as appropriate.
  • Along with teaching responsibilities, the Director will hold a position on the Department’s faculty commensurate with their experience, i.e. Senior Lecturer, Teaching Professor, Professor.
  • Engage professional experts and alumni to recruit new students and serve as guest lecturers and create networking opportunities.
  • When available, participate in promotional events to market the program to prospective students, including conferences, informational events, college days, one-on-ones, and other similar opportunities.
  • Be a resource to students to discuss questions and make recommendations on their program and course progress and performance. 

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Doctorate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related discipline. (NOTE: A high-quality Masters degree in these fields may be considered if professional experience and track record shows clear expertise and excellence that support the Director’s required duties).
  • Proven track record of performance in industry or government in the cybersecurity field.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to achieve strategic and/or entrepreneurial outcomes in a diverse organizational environment.
  • Strong leadership skills to include capacity to build cooperative relationships, positively influence the performance of interdisciplinary work teams, and produce results.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and staff.
  • Established excellence in written and oral communication.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous teaching experience in a university or 4 year college. 
  • Experience with professional education programs.
  • Experience with curriculum development and outcomes assessment.
  • Experience with instructional innovation and online education.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

Department Summary

The School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) is ranked among US News & World Report's top 50 Engineering Schools, and focuses intellectual efforts on medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. The school's Department of Computer Science and Engineering conducts high-impact research and trains future researchers, engineers and educators in both the fundamental properties of computing systems and how computation can benefit a wide range of disciplines. Key themes include designing computing systems that interact with humans and the physical world, using computation to interpret large data sets from science and engineering, and creating safe, secure infrastructure to connect millions of people to their data and to each other. From its origin in 1965 as the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, the department has paved the way for computer science departments, awarding the first computer science PhD in the United States. The department employs twenty-six tenured/tenure-track faculty, ten of whom have earned NSF Career Awards. With over 2500 alumni, 300 undergraduate, 80 masters, and 77 doctoral students, the Department continues to produce talented graduates to make their marks in commercial organizations, government, non-profit organizations, and academia.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits