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Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of the Practice - Mechanical Engineering

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor-of-the-Practice.

The Mechanical Engineering Department has an established industry-funded capstone design program. The successful candidate will be responsible for capstone-related classroom lectures for undergraduates, securing capstone project funding from sponsors, and coordinating with Mechanical Engineering faculty members in advising individual student projects. The candidate must be comfortable working with industry, in particular industries engaged in the design and/or manufacture of mechanical, electro-mechanical, or thermal-mechanical products. The successful candidate will also teach courses such as CAD, mechanical design, dynamics and controls, and mechatronics.

The term of appointment will be two years with renewable appointment possible. Each year, the term of appointment will be 9 months at 1.0 FTE, with up to three months of summer support possible from capstone fees raised, grant support, and teaching activities, depending on the professor's ability to raise capstone sponsorship fees. The appointment is Contingent Upon Funding.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering currently has 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, approximately 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, with programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. KU is a comprehensive educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system, with approximately 29,000 students and 2,800 faculty members. Opened in 1866, KU’s main campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, occupying 1000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of 96,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested hills of eastern Kansas.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at
Job Description80% Teaching - Develop and teach undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. Participate in undergraduate student academic advising. Secure sponsored capstone projects by establishing relationships with industry and other sponsors, manage industry-sponsored capstone teams, work with Mechanical Engineering faculty capstone project technical advisors.

10% Service - Perform service for the Department, School, University, and professional societies. Play an integral role in ABET accreditation activities within the department including but not limited to development of assessment methods for student projects and learning outcomes. Coordinate department-industry relations that could lead to research collaboration with faculty.

10% Research - Work with Mechanical Engineering faculty members to develop proposals for curriculum development, and assist in curriculum and program assessment. Author or co-author journal articles and papers in conference proceedings on topics relating to engineering education. Required QualificationsFor Assistant Professor-of-the-Practice:
  1. M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline.
  2. At least five years of industry experience.
  3. Must be a U.S. Citizen as required to work with key industry partners.
  4. Experience (volunteer or professional) playing a central role in preparing students for careers in industry as demonstrated by application materials.
  5. Experience overseeing projects in industry.
  6. Experience working with or in industry, in particular industries engaged in the design and/or manufacture of mechanical, electro-mechanical, or thermal-mechanical products.
  7. Organizational and budgeting skills as demonstrated by a record of growing responsibility in industry.
  8. Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the application materials and during the interview process.

For Associate Professor-of-the-Practice, all the above for Assistant level and the following:
  1. Experience working on teams in industry.
  2. Total of fifteen years of professional experience past the M.S. degree.
  3. Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of leadership and responsibility in industry.

For Full Professor-of-the-Practice, all the above for Assistant level and the following:
  1. Experience in leadership of teams in industry.
  2. Total of twenty years of professional experience past the M.S. degree.
  3. Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of leadership and responsibility in industry.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or closely-related discipline.
  2. Experience in teaching engineering courses in higher education.
Additional Candidate InstructionsOnly complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete online application will include:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application review will begin February 14, 2022. Contact Information to ApplicantsWilliam Vincent - [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeMinimum $75,000 for 9 months; Commensurate with experience Application Review Begins14-Feb-2022


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The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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