Utah State University

Aerospace Engineering Professional Practice Assistant Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 9 months ago(10/21/2023 4:52 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at Utah State University (Logan campus) seeks applicants for a full-time academic year (funded for 9 months) Professional Practice Assistant Professor (non-tenure track) position. Applicants with the appropriate credentials will be considered at the rank of professional practice associate or full professor. The position is open until filled, with an anticipated start date of January 2024. The primary responsibilities are developing and teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in aerospace engineering. Duties include in-person and online instruction and curriculum development in the undergraduate- and graduate-level aerospace engineering courses or other relevant courses as assigned by the department head. The position requires a Ph.D. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or a closely related field, and a broad range of knowledge in mechanical and aerospace engineering topics.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Duties include in-person and online instruction and curriculum development in the undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in aerospace engineering, or other relevant courses as assigned by the      department head. 90%
  • Actively participating in assigned committees, including curriculum and accreditation assignments. 5%
  • Other duties as assigned by the department head. 5%


Minimum Qualifications

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

To be considered at the professional practice associate or professional practice professor ranks, candidates must also meet these qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of professional experiences after receiving the PhD degree.
  • Evidence of success in effective teaching or mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who have:

  • Additional industrial, academic, or research lab experience in aerospace engineering.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching or mentoring experience.

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. Names and contact information for three professional references
  3. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Teaching Philosophy to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

**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 800 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. The department currently has 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 4 professors of practice, with additional part-time instructors from local industry and research institutions. Faculty research areas include fluid dynamics, combustion and propulsion, flight mechanics, space dynamics, advanced materials, controls, and systems engineering with research expenditures in recent years about $3M. Successful applicants may have opportunities to work closely with scientists and engineers from the USU Research Foundation Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), one of 14 Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC). Further, USU faculty also have access to the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) facilities and the Utah Water Lab. 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 organizations.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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 Cody Carmichael, 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

*updated 09/2023


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