McCollum Endowed Chair in Data Sciences


The McCollum Family Endowed Chair in Data Sciences is a research-focused position in the Baylor University Computer Science and Informatics Department. Data Science is one of the five Signature Academic Initiatives in Baylor’s strategic plan Illuminate (Illuminate - Data Science) and is involved in key research for the University (Data Science Research). This transformative, endowed position is a visionary investment in the future of Data Science research and education across the university (Endowment Details). 


The University invites applications for this tenure-track position at the rank of full Professor beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. An ideal candidate will help shape a comprehensive, university-wide strategic plan for Data Science.  This will be done through leadership, collaboration, and growth of infrastructure and interdisciplinary research. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Data Science or a related discipline; Baylor is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Other qualifications include an established history of extramural funding, high impact academic artifacts, and graduate student mentorship. A viable applicant should demonstrate excellent potential as an individual researcher and collaborator across multiple disciplines.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 05/31/2021. To apply, please submit a letter of application, a 1-2 page research plan, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, current curriculum vitae, a copy of an official transcript showing the highest degree conferred (if the Ph.D. is in progress, a copy of the official transcript of completed Ph.D. hours should also be submitted), and the names and email addresses of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation as a single PDF file through this Interfolio link: Finalists for this position will be required to submit official transcripts for the doctoral degree in advance of a campus visit. Inquiries about the position can be sent to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D.