Utah State University

Lecturer- Aviation Technology

City Price Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(7/29/2022 11:37 AM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Aviation & Technical Education
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


USU Aviation Technology is seeking a candidate for a position that focuses upon teaching aviation technology courses for the small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) Certificate in Price, Utah (also known as the Drone Certificate). This position requires an individual who provides excellent instruction of aviation classes and the administration and coordination of the academic requirements of the sUAS Certificate.  This is a 9-month, academic-year, non-tenure track, benefited position. Start date can be August 1 or latter. The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate college teaching effectiveness, and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues, within and across departments, and will contribute to program development, assessment and growth in the department. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

This position is a full-time, non-tenure track (Term) Faculty position. 95% teaching, 5% service.


Utah State University is seeking a faculty member with recent experience in the aviation industry and/or collegiate teaching environment. Assigned course topics may include, but are not limited to: Intro Unmanned Aerial Systems, Part 107 Rules and Regulations, design and build laboratories, flight laboratories, internships, Pilot in Command, and other aviation courses as appropriate for candidate experience and departmental need.  A full-time teaching load for this position is 4-5 courses or 24-30 credit hours per academic year.

  • Teach approximately 12-15 credit hours of undergraduate courses per semester in Aviation Technology
  • Assist with career student advising and student club activities
  • Assist in student recruitment and retention, alumni and industry relations, program marketing/public relations, and other program needs
  • Service to include committee work in support of departmental, college, university, and professional society activities
  • Work with the extension activities of the Aggie Drone Academy
  • Visits with high school educators who teach Concurrent Enrollment courses in sUAS

Key Responsibilities:

  • Instruct students in Part 107 rules and regulations 
  • Instruct students in flying, basic design, construction, and maintenance of UAS
  • Instruct students in aviation topics to include aviation weather, flight principles, human factors, pilot in command responsibilities, and ethics in sUAS
  • Be the primary safety manager for all flights on or off campus
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Perform Outreach responsibilities to include high school visits, community events, and lead summer youth camps
  • Advise student clubs, lead exploration trips, attend UAS conferences
  • Stay abreast of current and future trends, abilities, and integration of UAS
  • Expect approximately 10% of schedule allocated to travel
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Current FAA Part 107 Certificate
  • Experience with UAS autopilot set up, tuning, troubleshooting and flying of both multi-rotor and fixed-wing aircraft (sUAS)
  • 3 years of teaching experience and knowledge of curriculum subjects
  • 2 years of flying, maintaining and building sUAS
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in related field
  • Post-secondary teaching experience
  • Online course instruction experience
  • Course development experience
  • Knowledge of C++ programming
  • Experience with Mission Planner, QGroundControl, or UgCS (or similar)
  • 50 hours of logged time in sUAS

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Three references with contact information
  3. Documents below to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    • Cover Letter describing your qualifications for the position and work history
    • Unofficial electronic transcript for all degrees

**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.  

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*Updated 08/2022


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