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Professor of Practice, Software Engineering

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021

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Systems and Industrial Engr

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Medical Sub-Speciality:


Main Campus


1127 E. James E. Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

The Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) in the College of Engineering (COE) is seeking a candidate for a career-track faculty position at the Full Professor of Practice Rank for the new Software Engineering (SFWE) BS degree program with an anticipated start date of August 2021. The new SFWE degree program will be collaboratively led by the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the SIE Departments within the COE. The successful candidate will also serve as the Director of the SFWE program.
We seek a candidate who can demonstrate strong leadership, outstanding teaching methods, as well as the ability to develop and teach undergraduate courses in a variety of formats (e.g., on campus, online, interactive video). The candidate is expected to establish a strong SFWE program, teach courses, contribute to mentoring students, including those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, maintain ABET accreditation of the BS degree program in SFWE, work with the ECE and SIE Department Heads to hire new faculty in SFWE, supervise the Academic Advisor of SFWE program, coordinate SFWE faculty teaching roles, outreach to graduates of the SFWE program, and outreach to industry. The SFWE program places a high value on collaboration both within the specific degree program, but also across other engineering disciplines. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work with a diverse student population, stakeholders, and colleagues.
This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the BS degree in SFWE program
  • Initiate curricula changes and approves electives associated with the degree programs in SFWE
  • Maintain ABET accreditation of the undergraduate degree program in SFWE
  • Support preparation of Academic Program Review of ECE and SIE departments, especially for the SFWE program
  • Teach undergraduate courses at multiple sites using a variety of formats, including on campus, online, and interactive video platforms
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues across disciplinary lines
  • Engage students in active learning, encouraging class participation, and provide support in completing class assignments / projects
  • Develop / prepare course syllabi, assignments, and activities for course delivery
  • Mentor and advise students with respect to career goals
  • Support and coordinate SFWE faculty teaching roles
  • Contribute to COE and the University of Arizona’s development through appropriate outreach to local communities (including government units, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and area residents)
  • Outreach to graduates of the SFWE program
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in the discipline of instruction or a closely related field to the teaching duties expected


Master's degree in the discipline of instruction or a closely related field to the teaching duties expected, PLUS

  • Significant previous practical experience (e.g., executive in a large company, top executive in a small company, or business owner); OR
  • Eighteen (18) units of graduate coursework in engineering or a related field; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of other master’s degrees, graduate-level education, teaching experience, and/or practical experience that will bring value to the students’ learning experience as determined by the faculty members on the search committee at the time of hire; OR
  • Tested Experience to include: professional certifications and achievement in engineering, or a related field, directly relevant to the subjects taught; OR
  • Three or more years of relevant work experience (e.g. in private sector) in engineering or a related field.

Selected candidate must provide education credentials during the offer discussions.

Preferred Qualifications:

•M.S. or Ph.D in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or closely related field.
•Demonstrated professional experience in innovative teaching methods, specifically in distance modalities.
•Demonstrated professional experience in undergraduate research and applied learning. Relevant industry experience.

Rank :


Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:


Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Young-Jun Son
Department Head, Systems and Industrial Engineering
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please submit the following FOUR (4) documents:
* 1) Cover Letter
* 2) Curriculum Vitae
* 3) Statement of Vision for SFWE and Teaching Interests in the 'Additional Document slot'
* 4) THREE References/Referees' Contact Information (phone and email) in the 'Additional Document slot'

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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