Assistant Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

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Central College: Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa,is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

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Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor (tenure-line) beginning August 2018.

Central College seeks a dynamic faculty member to engage with undergraduate students as they pursue a B.S. in engineering.   Three new recently designed laboratories include a new mechanical engineering laboratory, electrical engineering laboratory, and a senior capstone design studio.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (ABD may apply) in Mechanical Engineering (or a related area) and strong teaching skills. Central's new faculty colleague will be expected to teach Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer in addition to other standard undergraduate engineering courses at introductory and advanced levels (including laboratories), courses serving non-science students.  Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment.  Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, advising and mentoring of students, and engaging in professional development and service that contributes to the institution and profession.

Central's physics department currently offers a B.S. in Engineering and B.A. in physics. The department is comprised of dynamic and dedicated faculty who work collegially with each other and students to support teaching and learning.  Students benefit from the one-on-one attention provided by faculty devoted to teaching and working with students. The department prepares students for industrial jobs, graduate school and research, teaching, engineering jobs and other technical areas.  95% of Central graduates who apply to engineering graduate programs are admitted into their 1st or 2nd choice of engineering graduate schools.  84% of physics graduates enter graduate school within one year of leaving Central College.  For more information please visit our website at


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (ABD may apply) in Mechanical Engineering (or a related area) and strong teaching skills. 

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now".  Review of applications will begin 20 April and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check.  Please submit the following materials online:    

  1. letter of application relating your qualifications to the position at a liberal arts, residential college.
  2. an updated curriculum vita. 
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  4. a one-page statement of teaching philosophy.




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Posted: 4/6/2018
Application Due: 5/23/2018
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