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Assistant Professor - Aero/Space Studies, Non-Tenure Track

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: DescriptionThe Department of Space Studies seeks appointment of one faculty member at the assistant professor level in the area of Military Space, non-tenure track.  This position will involve teaching, research, and service. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and grow a research program (30%) in the area of Military Space. It is anticipated that the curriculum development and teaching load will be up to 5 courses per academic year (50% effort), dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted. Graduate and undergraduate student advisement, as well as service to the scholarly community, University, and Department is expected to constitute an additional 20% of effort. The selected candidate will need to be a US Citizen in order to develop and grow a research program in the area of Military Space since a security clearance may be required to access classified information.

Space Studies is a strongly interdisciplinary program featuring a Ph.D. in Aerospace Sciences, an M.S. degree in Space Studies, and an undergraduate minor. These faculty positions will enhance and complement the department’s current emphasis in space policy and law, space history, planetary science, space systems engineering, human spaceflight, and management of space organizations. The department is the lead institution in North Dakota’s NASA Space Grant consortium, as well as NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Resources, or EPSCoR.

Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe position is for an Assistant Professor with a 9-month appointment.  This position will be primarily focused on course development and teaching with some research and service.  It is anticipated that once all courses are developed, the teaching load will be up to 5 courses per academic year, dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted.

Some of the courses to be presented under this position may include but are not limited to: Military Space History to include advancement of threats; Space Management with focus areas of space surveillance and control systems, and space traffic management; Orbital Engagements; Electromagnetic Spectrum Management; and Military Space Missions to include communications, navigation, and remote sensing (ISR/warning) fundamentals.

Required Competencies
    Excellent communication and collaboration skills.Ability to lead a team of academic professionals.Ability to visualize and develop research, educational and outreach programs that serve North Dakota and the space community.Excellence in diversity and inclusion practices.
Minimum Requirements
    Master’s degree US CitizenshipSuccessful completion of a Criminal History Background Check.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
    A Ph.D. from a regionally accredited university Teaching experience at graduate and undergraduate level OR military space instructor experience (AETC, STAR Delta) with understanding of Instructional Systems Development processes.Knowledge of military doctrine and policy.Experience with proposal processes of potential funding agencies.Operational knowledge of the Military Space Community.
Other Applicant Preferences
    Active membership in national professional space organizations.Current professional contacts within the Military Space Sector, Space Force, space academic or defense communities.Alignment of applicant’s research with funding agency opportunities and with departmental needs.
Minimum Hiring Salary$70,000+ salary will be commensurate with experience, 9-month

To ApplyFirst consieration for the position will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021 and must include the following materials:

    A letter of application,CV,Teaching, research, and service statements, and such as military resume or duty history, and names
Contact information for three references.NOTE:  Please attach additional documents in .pdf format.

Position will remain open until filled.

Additional informationAll information listed in this position announcement will be used by the Hiring Department and EEO/AA for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application MaterialsPursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO StatementThe University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s PreferenceVeterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery StatementIn compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.

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