Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of the Practice -Applied Cybersecurity

Position Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Cybersecurity Program at the University of Kansas (KU) is a new program residing in the School of Professional Studies, located on the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park, Kansas in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. KUEC has been a KU presence in Kansas City for 30 years, playing a crucial role in the Greater Kansas City professional community. The campus now offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs with classes geared toward working professionals, available in the evening, online and in-person.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Cybersecurity is a degree completion program that prepares students, including those with non-engineering backgrounds, to specialize in applied cybersecurity systems and applications with program curriculum relevant to applied information security. The BAS program focuses on empowering students with professional and workforce ready skills to ensure employment immediately following completion of the program. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to succeed in courses relevant to their anticipated professions including applied cybersecurity systems, information security, and other applied technical career fields.

This program is offered through the School of Professional Studies and based at the KU Edwards Campus. The degree is designed for students who have already earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and are looking to complete the last two years necessary for a bachelor’s degree. The program can be completed fully online, or hybrid, based on students’ location and preference. This program fits well with other transfer degrees within the School of Professional Studies. It will leverage the current transfer community infrastructure to help recruit students from area community colleges.

The KU School of Professional Studies (SPS) was created in 2019 with a vision to transform students’ lives and improve communities through innovative, student-focused, and exemplary academic programs that lead to rewarding careers in an array of fields that serve the workforce needs of Kansas and beyond. The school offers a variety of disciplines, course formats, class schedules, student services, aid, and more to meet the needs of diverse students who may work full-time, have considerable commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different approach to earning academic credentials. SPS continues to launch new degree programs aimed at supporting the needs of future students, and is poised for significant growth over the next five years.

KUEC and SPS have a reputation for employing innovative teaching techniques and serving the unique needs of non-traditional students. KUEC and SPS faculty enjoy an interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere focused on supporting faculty in building rewarding careers while improving the success of students we teach. Employees typically enjoy a hybrid work environment, providing sufficient flexibility for a healthy work-life balance.

Job Description

The University of Kansas School of Professional Studies (SPS) seeks an outstanding individual to join this new program as a non- tenure track faculty Professor of the Practice in the area of cybersecurity. We seek individuals with industry experience in the cybersecurity field who have exceptional communication skills, a strong commitment to educate and developing future cybersecurity professionals. The ideal candidate will have a developed teaching philosophy, as well as a demonstrated desire to inspire students and encourage lifelong learning in cybersecurity. This is a 12-month position.

Program needs are particularly great in the following areas: computer and organization platform technologies, web systems, computer and information security, cyber defense and countermeasures, digital forensics, information security management, information security law and policy, and testing and vulnerability analysis.

This faculty position will teach in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Cybersecurity program. The programs are offered at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas in the School of Professional Studies as online or in a hybrid format. Depending on years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, an appointment as Assistant, Associate, or full Professor of the Practice is possible. This position requires the faculty member to reside in the Kansas City metropolitan region, as some on-campus presence is expected for collaboration with other faculty and hybrid classes will require some in-person instruction.

This position serves the educational needs of a Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) program, which is funded through a 1/8 of a cent sales tax within Johnson County. Specific percentages of effort for JCERT are determined each year.

The initial term of the Professor of the Practice appointment is 3 years. Subsequent appointment may be offered, contingent upon a satisfactory comprehensive performance evaluation during the final academic year of this appointment and approval of the Dean of the School of Professional Studies.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Job Description:
75% Teaching -
Teaching three courses each in Fall and Spring semesters and two courses during the summer semester in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Cybersecurity program at the KU Edwards Campus (KUEC). Teaching responsibilities include curriculum development, instructional design, virtual classroom management, grading and teaching improvement in relation to student and colleague feedback. Faculty are responsible for keeping curriculum up-to-date and engaging with external organizations to ensure relevance to a variety of workplace needs. Provide adequate means to evaluate student performance, including examinations and assignments (such as papers, presentations, etc.) and grading.

25% Professional Service - Professional service includes actively engaging in promoting the programs; enhancing and improving its curriculum; engaging in scholarly pedagogical and professional development activities; mentoring students; and collaborating with faculty and staff at the KUEC in promotional activities.

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or equivalent areas. A Master’s degree in other fields may be considered if combined with three or more years of professional experience directly relevant to the teaching assignment.
  2. Years of related experience in cybersecurity required for each rank:
  • Assistant Professor of the Practice: 3-5 years
  • Associate Professor of the Practice 5-15 years
  • Professor of the Practice: 15+ years
  1. Excellence in written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete online application will include:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application review begins Monday, June 12, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

KU Benefits:
KU offers an array of benefits to assist employees with their health, life, retirement, and other needs. Details regarding benefits offered to employees can be found here: Benefits | Human Resource Management (

Contact Information to Applicants

Blake Bryant

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

Monday June 12, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Saturday July 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25074BR
  • Department:  School of Professional Studies
  • Primary Campus:  Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  F-Faculty
  • Review Begins:  12-Jun-2023

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