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Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) Program Director Opportunity within the Bredesen Center

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
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Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) Program Director Opportunity within the Bredesen Center

Regular Full-time, Market Range 12


The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education is seeking applications from Current UT faculty or ORNL Researchers, who are able to obtain a Joint position, to serve as the Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) Program Director.

This will be a 50% FTE Administrative Professional staff position. The ESE Program Director will develop a joint interdisciplinary core curriculum, teach the core courses, and guide students pursuing an ESE PhD degree within a team science setting at UT as part of the recently launched UT Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII). The ESE program encapsulates a broad intersection of scientific methods and problem-solving strategies derived from numerous disciplines that are applied to improve the world’s ability to safely and sustainably create the energy required to power human activities. The ESE program director will report to the Bredesen Center Director/UT-ORII Education Director. The program director will work in close collaboration with directors of other UT-ORNL joint interdisciplinary research programs including Data Science and Engineering (DSE) and Genome Science and Technology (GST) to bring about innovative ideas for convergent curriculum that are in alignment with visions of UT and ORNL. The Program Director will become part of the educational leadership team led by the Educational Director of UT-ORII. Roles and Responsibilities of the Position The ESE Program Director will develop, maintain and teach interdisciplinary core curriculum (511 and 512, each are 3 credit hours) and seminar courses (ESE 599, 1 credit hour). ESE 511 and 512 are offered during the fall and spring respectively while ESE 599 is offered in both. These courses are needed for the students pursuing a PhD to complete their graduation requirements. To ensure these students are equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge in this rapidly changing energy landscape, the ESE Program Director will ensure the course materials, assignments and student assessments are relevant to both emerging and legacy energy science and technology. The ESE Program Director will also collaborate with Bredesen Center faculty at UTK and ORNL as well as faculty from all colleges within UTK to ensure the course topics remain at the leading edge while the background topics are covered by the core departments. The faculty will maintain a good student evaluation that is on par with peers at other departments. In addition, the faculty will work with the UT-ORII Education Director and the Bredesen Center Director to identify the resources needed to deliver these core courses at the highest levels of standards among our peers within UTK and across the US. The faculty will also identify challenges in maintaining the student outcomes in the ESE program and communicate the same to the UT-ORII Education Director in a proactive fashion. The ESE Program Director will assist in recruiting efforts by providing applicants with information about research opportunities across UT and ORNL. The Program Director will also assist in matching enrolled students with mentors at UT and ORNL interested in working with an interdisciplinary PhD student.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must have:

    Doctoral degree in Science or Engineering or a related area Record of accomplished scholarship and funded research equivalent to that of assistant professorExperience in teaching graduate level courses with clear focus on student outcomes relevant to learning and retaining the knowledge necessary for interdisciplinary research.Familiarity with both UT’s and ORNL’s research community is needed to be able to assist with matching graduate students to suitable research projects.
NOTE: Your application should include an uploaded copy of your CV and a letter of interest.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Bredesen Center
Schedule: Part-time
Job Posting: Nov 1, 2021, 2:36:43 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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