Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering or Engineering Technology - #000164

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Posting NumberFAC342PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleAssistant/Associate ProfessorWorking TitleAssistant/Associate Professor of Engineering or Engineering Technology - #000164DepartmentSchool of Engineering & TechnologyPosition Summary

The School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University (WCU) has an opening for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering or Engineering Technology beginning Fall 2020. This is a nine (9) month tenure-track position. The successful candidate will have a solid commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, scholarship, and professional service to the university and community. Many faculty pursue scholarship and applied research with external clients through our nationally recognized Rapid Center. For more information please visit our website at

All engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by ABET’s EAC and ETAC, respectively. The college was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top 100 Undergraduate Engineering program.

Programs in the school have a strong emphasis on applied, Project-Based Learning (PBL) as evidenced by the industrial experiences of our faculty. Applicants with an extensive practical laboratory and industry experience will be reviewed favorably. Applicants must be able to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in one or more of the following areas, will be given favorable consideration.

- CNC machining processes
- Advanced manufacturing processes
- Materials processing
- Automation and robotics applications in manufacturing systems

The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching and applied scholarship, based on the Boyer model of Scholarship at both the Bachelors and Masters levels. Successful applicants will have proven excellence, or potential, in teaching, scholarship, and service. Tenure-track faculty seek research opportunities through the College’s Rapid Center. Many opportunities for service exist inside and outside the university. Applicants must be able to teach at both the Bachelors and Masters levels including thesis supervision and laboratory instruction.

Candidates with extensive practical laboratory and experimentation backgrounds are highly desirable, and candidates with experience in more than one area of need will be reviewed favorably.
Successful candidates will be expected to support the University’s external engagement mission and our quality enhancement program (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website to read the university vision and details regarding the QEP program.

Western Carolina University (WCU) is located beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. For the past four out of five years WCU has been voted the Top Adventure college in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine for its location, and opportunities for mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, and outdoor life. In the fourth year, the university was the first university inducted into the Outdoor University Hall of Fame.

The main campus, in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, a location undergoing significant growth and manufacturing projects. The campus is located midway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. An instructional site for certain programs is located in Asheville, North Carolina.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this PositionMinimum Qualifications

To be considered candidates must have a minimum of three years relevant industry experience or equivalent. A degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related field is required. A doctorate degree in one of the disciplines above is required by the starting date.

The position requires demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication, along with excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred QualificationsPosition TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year9 Posting Text

Open Date07/19/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and scholarship plans, unofficial transcripts and a list (include names and complete contact information) for at least three professional references to complete the application process.

For additional information or questions contact Dr. Hugh Jack: telephone 828-227-2775, visit, or email [email protected]
The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Statement
  5. Unofficial Transcripts
  6. List of references
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    Posted: 7/24/2019
    Application Due: 9/22/2019
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