Utah State University

  • Professional Practice Assistant Professor

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/3/2019 1:41 PM)
    Requisition ID
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    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    College of Engineering
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at Utah State University seeks applicants for a full-time academic-year Professional Practice Assistant Professor (non-tenure track). The primary responsibilities are developing and teaching application-based and introductory courses in mechanical engineering. Duties include instruction and curriculum development in materials science, instrumentation, manufacturing, or introduction to mechanical engineering courses as assigned by the department head. In addition, the successful candidate will mentor student capstone design teams that have projects matching the candidate’s area(s) of expertise in designing, testing and building projects. Active participation in additional undergraduate curriculum development, as assigned, is also expected. The position requires an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, and a broad range of knowledge in mechanical engineering topics. Industrial and/or research laboratory experience is highly desirable. This position has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2020.


    Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Teaching and developing application-based and introductory mechanical engineering courses, such as materials science, instrumentation, manufacturing, and introduction to mechanical engineering.
    • Mentoring student capstone design groups, with projects in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise, in designing, testing and building projects.
    • Creating or improving existing labs, including problem-based labs.
    • Actively participating in assigned committees, including curriculum and ABET accreditation assignments.
    • Other duties as assigned by the department head.


    Required Qualifications:

    • MS in mechanical engineering, or a closely related discipline relevant to the department.
    • Effective written and oral communication skills.
    • Demonstrated strong organizational skills.

    Priority will be given to candidates who have:

    • Strong industrial or research lab experience in materials science, instrumentation, manufacturing processes, and/or engineering design.
    • Effective teaching or mentoring experience.
    • PhD in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field.
    • Successful experience in laboratory or team management.
    • Additional experience and expertise in aeronautics, astronautics, mechatronics, fluids, controls, numerical analyses, or engineering graphics.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

    2. Contact information for at least 3 references to be submitted at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile

    3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Cover Letter"

    4. Teaching Philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Teaching Philosophy"


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    College/Department Highlights

    The MAE department has experienced significant growth over the past decade, with enrollments of approximately 750 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, and is the largest department in the College of Engineering. The department offers MS and PhD degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. USU is the nearest PhD-granting institution in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering to the Idaho National Laboratory, and is also in close proximity to Hill Air Force Base and other defense related industries.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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