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Assistant/Associate ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant/Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering - #222918Department:
School of Engineering & TechnologyPosition Summary:
The School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University (WCU) has an opening for an Assistant / Associate Professor of Engineering – Mechanical, beginning August 2021. This is a nine (9) month tenure-track position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate has been selected for hire. The faculty member will primarily teach on the campus at Cullowhee. However, they may occasionally be required to teach at remote sites or online as needed. Rank determination will be made at point of hire based upon candidate qualifications.
The successful candidate should have an interest and commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, scholarship, and professional service to the university and region. Many faculty pursue scholarship and application-focused research with external clients through our nationally-recognized Rapid Center. For more information on the School of Engineering + Technology please visit set.wcu.edu.
All engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by ABET’s EAC and ETAC, respectively. The college has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier Undergraduate Engineering program for the past several years.
Programs in the school have a strong emphasis on applied Project-Based Learning (PBL), as evidenced by the industry experiences of the faculty. Applicants with practical laboratory and industry experience will be reviewed favorably. Applicants should have an interest in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in one or more of the following areas:
● System dynamics and control
● Electromechanical systems
● Automation and control
The successful candidate should have a commitment to excellence in teaching and applied scholarship, based on the Boyer model of Scholarship. Successful applicants will have proven excellence, or potential, in teaching, scholarship, service, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many opportunities for service exist both inside and outside the university. Applicants should have an interest and be able to teach at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels including thesis supervision and laboratory instruction.
Candidates with extensive practical laboratory and experimentation backgrounds are highly desirable. 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 www.wcu.edu for details regarding the QEP.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is located beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. Western North Carolina is known for its ideal location for outdoor activities including mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, skiing, and many other family-oriented activities.
The 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.Minimum Qualifications:
A minimum of three years relevant industry experience, or documented equivalent, are required.
A terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field, is required prior to the starting date.
This is a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, advising, curriculum development, engagement with regional business and industry, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.Position Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
04/14/2021Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.
Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript from highest earned degree, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of scholarship plans, and a listing of at least three professional references to complete the application process.
For additional information or questions contact Dr. Hugh Jack: telephone 828-227-2775, visit http://set.wcu.edu, or email [email protected]
The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.Background/E-Verify:
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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. 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.AA/EOE:
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; political affiliation; National Guard or 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.University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]
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, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) 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.