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Job Details
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Provost's Office
Shiley School of Engineering
Full Time Faculty
Full time
Full time faculty

The Shiley School of Engineering at the University of Portland invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level beginning Fall semester 2021. This is a full-time faculty position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick time, and tuition remission benefits starting after 90 days of employment. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

The Mechanical Engineering Program offers a BSME degree, and the ideal candidate would also support a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree. We seek candidates with expertise in thermal sciences (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics, CFD, etc.).  We strongly encourage candidates with experience and/or knowledge in applying their teaching and research toward biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering interests may include, but are not limited to, thermoregulation, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, medical device development (e.g. ventilators, pumps, respirators), and/or biomicrofluidics. This is an ideal position for educators who are passionate about teaching and scholarship in a student-centered institution where we strive for a balance of professional education within a liberal arts environment.  

Through small classes and labs, the ME program engages students in developing skills and knowledge for successful technology careers and graduate school. The curriculum includes hands-on, collaborative projects, culminating in a capstone project often conducted with industry partners.  

Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to interested applicants who submit applications and all required materials by November 15, 2020. 

The expected teaching commitment is 9 credit hours per semester; this is a full-time, 9-month (August-May) position. 

Enhance, develop, and teach the equivalent of 3 courses per semester across all levels of the undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering curriculum.  In addition to mechanical engineering courses and labs, the faculty also teach courses such as introduction to engineering, engineering computing with applications, analysis of engineering data, and engineering economics. There are opportunities to develop new courses and some courses include both undergraduate and graduate students.

Participate in department, school and university faculty/staff meetings and professional development workshops.

Pursue scholarly activity within the discipline to enhance teaching and program offerings.

Service to the school, university and greater community.

Assist with program assessments and accreditation reports. 

Mentor and advise students and capstone projects (projects are counted as part of the teaching commitment). 

Education & Experience

Required: Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a related field (Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering) at the time the position will start (August 2021)

The successful candidate will have demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity & inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter, teaching statement and/or a separate diversity statement.

Teaching, training, or technical supervisory/managerial experience 

Ability to enhance and teach a variety of mechanical and general engineering courses, labs, and workshops

Teaching Experience

Ability to enhance and teach courses in one or more of the following areas: thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics, CFD, thermoregulation, respiratory/cardiovascular physiology, medical-device development, biomicrofluidics or other related areas.

Certificate or degree in Engineering Education preferred.

Evidence of effective course development and teaching at the university level.

Experience working with university students in the classroom, on capstone projects, or as the director/manager of internships.

Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.

Evidence of effective project collaboration.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following materials with their completed applications. A complete application includes the following documents:  

1) Cover Letter that articulates: understanding of the UP mission and highlight your compatibility with the UP approach to teaching, scholarship, and service; reason for interest in UP; how you meet the job requirements, and how you plan to enhance the current mechanical engineering courses/programs

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Statement of Teaching discussing your philosophy regarding undergraduate education

4) Statement of past and/or proposed contributions to advance diversity, equity and/or inclusivity

5) Contact information for at least three professional references. On this document, please also include a sentence to let us know where you found out about this position

If any of these items are missing, the application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the search committee. All materials should be submitted as attachments with your online application (PDF format is preferred).

Other Information: 

The primary mode of instruction is in-person, although remote teaching may sometimes be necessary. Candidates are responsible for acquiring visa and/or other requirements for employment. 

Information about the University of Portland

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. https://www.up.edu/about/mission.html  The Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering has an enrollment of approximately 650 students across four undergraduate majors (computer science, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering) as well as two master’s programs. For more details, see:  https://engineering.up.edu 

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity & Inclusion Statement, References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy