Professor of Engineering

Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia

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Sweet Briar College, a women’s college increasingly defined by innovation, has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates to address the challenges facing our world. Faculty are committed to cultivating the habits of mind—in problem solving, decision making, and creativity—that are critical for leaders. These values are embedded in the College’s institutional vision and supported by our confidence that academic excellence, small classes, and dedication to empowering young women will position Sweet Briar and its graduates to thrive. 

Sweet Briar is one of two women’s colleges in the United States offering an ABET-accredited engineering degree program and the college has been highly successful in preparing women for careers and graduate programs in engineering. The Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program is a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College. 

Job Title: Professor of Engineering

Classification:  Full-time, tenured faculty position

Reports To: STEM Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:

Sweet Briar College invites applications for an experienced full-time engineer to direct our engineering program.  We seek someone who is passionate advocate for developing women engineers and will build upon the project-based, hands-on education we provide.  The successful candidate will be an experienced engineer who will help bring visibility to our ABET accredited engineering program by developing partnerships with other institutions, and local, regional and national government and business community.  The incumbent will have the opportunity to mentor a new group of imaginative and committed faculty and to work with the senior management to fulfill the vision of the college.  

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages women to fulfill their highest potential.  Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.  

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in engineering or closely related field; 
  • Experience in developing programming and attracting external funding;
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and with external constituencies; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in engineering, or closely related field;
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding.

How to Apply:

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; and 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 


If you ask our students why they chose Sweet Briar, they'll talk about the academics, the beautiful campus, the welcoming community, the opportunities to get involved and to lead. Few, if any, will say they chose Sweet Briar because it's a women's college. Yet, many of our distinctive programs and opportunities are a direct result of our single-gender focus.sweet_briar_college2.jpg

Sweet Briar College prepares women (and at the graduate level, men as well) to be productive, responsible members of a world community. It focuses on personal and professional achievement through a customized educational program that combines the liberal arts, preparation for careers, and individual development. The faculty and staff guide students to become active learners, to reason clearly, to speak and write persuasively, and to lead with integrity. They do so by creating an educational environment that is both intense and supportive and where learning occurs in many different venues, including the classroom, the community and the world.

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