Engineering faculty

Des Plaines / Skokie
Apr 27, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Community College

Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, seeks Engineering faculty to join our College. Applicants must be strong communicators and effective classroom facilitators who enjoy teaching in a student-centered environment.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have a demonstrated commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Located seventeen miles from downtown Chicago, Oakton serves northern Cook County with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie, Illinois.

We have one opening for Engineering faculty for the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters, and for substitute faculty for the Spring 2018 semester.  Courses are taught online, as well as on both the Des Plaines (Summer) and Skokie (Fall) campuses.


Job Description:

Oakton has one opening for Engineering faculty for the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters, and for substitute faculty for the Spring 2018 semester.  In the Summer semester, we seek faculty to teach our mechanics sequence (Analytical Mechanics[Statics], Analytical Mechanics [Dynamics], and Strength of Materials).  These courses will be taught online or in a hybrid environment.  In the Fall semester, we seek faculty to teach Engineering Graphics. This course will be taught in a face-to-face lab environment.

Analytical Methods (Statics) includes content on particle statics, general principles and force vectors, rigid body equilibrium, moments of inertia, distributed focus and centroids, analytics of structures, virtual work and friction.

Analytical Methods (Dynamics) studies the relation between forces acting on rigid bodies and the changes in motion produced.   Content includes particle kinematics (rectilinear and curvilinear); Newton's laws; energy, work, and momentum methods; planar dynamics and rigid bodies; rigid body kinematics; impulse and momentum; and vibrations.

Strength of Materials covers the principles of strength.  Content includes stress and strain; torsion, shear and bending moments diagrams; deflection of beams; combined loading; welded, bolted, and riveted connections; and columns.

Engineering Graphics will require students to use shop equipment and tools to complete team-based design projects.  The course strongly incorporates Solidworks software as part of their project experience.  Traditional engineering graphics topics are also covered, including:  multi-view, sections and auxiliary projections; dimensioning and tolerancing; manufacturing processes and fasteners.

The department needs someone who has demonstrated qualifications in the above areas who can also potentially act as a substitute during the semester in progress (Spring 2016).

Part-time faculty are paid on a lecture hour equivalents (LHE) basis. For most courses, the LHE is the same as a credit hour. For others, the LHE represents additional work for teaching the class, such as grading papers for Composition classes or teaching a class with a laboratory section (computers, languages, and the sciences); in those cases, the LHE represents a figure higher than the credit hour. All part-time faculty start at the beginning pay rates, regardless of the level and type of experience obtained elsewhere. Those rates for the 2016-17 academic year are $1088/LHE for faculty without doctorates and $1162/LHE for faculty with doctorates.

Part-time faculty advance one step within the salary schedule with the successful completion of 2 fall & spring semesters where 3+ LHEs are taught in each semester.



A Master's degree in Engineering and prior experience teaching courses online or evidence of having taken courses online are required.

Prior industrial or technical work experience, prior college teaching experience, and a doctorate earned in Engineering or a related discipline are preferred. 

The applicant should submit examples of their design work, including Solidworks output.


Additional Information:

Part-time faculty hires and assignments are coordinated by the department chairs. Contact Joe Kotowski at 847.635.1268 or [email protected] for more information.

Part-time faculty are hired on a semester-by-semester basis. A reasonable effort is made to assure the assignment of courses to more senior part-time faculty who are fully qualified by virtue of their education, training, work experience as related to current technology and pedagogical techniques, and who have had a history of successful performance at Oakton Community College.

All assignments are conditioned on sufficient enrollment. Once a course starts, the part time faculty member is expected to complete the course.

Please contact Matthew Robitaille @ [email protected] if you have any questions or experience problems in submitting your application.

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.  Once posted positions are removed from the website, no additional applications will be accepted.


Application Instructions:

Required documents for a complete application file include a completed applicant questionnaire, cover letter, resume/cv, official transcripts for the hiring credential, and 2 original, signed recommendation letters or college placement/credential file.

Interested applicants must submit their application, cover letter and resume/cv on the Oakton website. Please indicate the position code (ENG-17) on the cover letter.

Recommendation letters may either be submitted with original signature or e-mailed directly from the reference to [email protected]

Transcripts may either be submitted on official paper or as pdf copies of official transcripts e-mailed directly from the Registrar's Office to [email protected]

Transcripts and recommendation letters are required prior to appointment.

Official transcripts and original letters of recommendation or college placement/credential file should be mailed to: Faculty Search PTENG-17, c/o Department of Human Resources, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016