Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Southern University
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Assistant Professor--Search 67801
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Energy Sciences. The home campus for this position will be the Armstrong campus, although teaching and research on the Statesboro campus may also be required.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The “new” Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers undergraduate courses in support of nearly 1,100 students in mechanical engineering (energy science, materials and manufacturing, mechatronics, design and analysis), engineering science, and graduate courses leading to an MSME. Both the curricular and the research activities of the faculty have a strong applied emphasis, bridging theory with practice, extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and offering a student-centered environment enhanced by technology and transcultural experiences within private and public partnerships. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the mission of the department by (1) developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate-level lecture and laboratory courses, (2) establishing a funded research program that involves university colleagues, industry partners, graduate and undergraduate students, and (3) engaging in professional service that technically and economically enriches our various communities and societies.

Position Description. Reporting to the chair, the Assistant Professor will be required to (1) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate lectures and labs; (2) develop a successful research program with internal and external collaboration (including writing proposals and managing grants, obtaining external funding, and preparing peer reviewed scholarly publications) that engages both graduate and undergraduate students; (3) supervise MSME theses and undergraduate projects; (4) assist in academic and professional mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students; (5) participate in program assessment and execution of a continuous improvement plan; and (6) participate in academic and professional service activities. The position is a 9/10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
  • Earned terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, by August 1, 2021
  • B.S. (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Ability to develop and teach lectures and laboratories at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Potential to develop funded research programs in an appropriate area of expertise
  • Effective English communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Potential to function in diverse and inclusive environments
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and
    curriculum design and development
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • The potential to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Energy Science and Design
    such as: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Case Studies in Design,
    Mechanical System Design, and/or Intro to FEA,
  • An ability to develop and teach undergraduate general engineering science lectures and laboratories
    such as: Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Engineering Graphics, and/or Computational and
    Numerical Methods.
  • The potential to develop funded research programs in appropriate sub-discipline areas
  • An ability to proficiently use software such as MatLab, Labview, Autocad, Solidworks, and/or
  • A record of scholarship and participation in professional activities
  • Experience with ABET accreditation and/or continuous improvement activities
  • Appropriate professional experience

    Screening of applications begins 01 December 2020 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is 01 August 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete electronic email application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages maximum), a statement of research philosophy (2 pages maximum), a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least four professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically via email as a single pdf will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Dr. Marcel Ilie, Search Chair, Search #67801
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail: [email protected]
    Telephone: 912-478-8062

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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