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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Construction Management - #230943Department:
Kimmel School of Construction ManagementAbout WCU:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service.WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.Position Summary:
The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.Carnegie statement:
The Kimmel School of Construction Management (KSCM) at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Construction Management beginning August 2023. This is a nine (9) month tenure-track position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise students, be involved in extra-curricular student engagement activities, develop a sustainable program of research and scholarship, and fulfill normal institutional service duties. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected.
The Kimmel School of Construction Management, located within the College of Engineering and Technology, houses both an on-campus undergraduate degree program and an online non-thesis based graduate degree program in Construction Management. The Kimmel School places a strong emphasis on applied, practice-based active learning supported by the construction experience of our faculty. The undergraduate Construction Management program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Commission (ANSAC) of ABET. The Master of Construction Management program has been recognized as the No. 1 online program for 2022 by Best College Reviews.
The Kimmel School seeks to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty of high caliber and encourages applications and nominations from historically underrepresented populations.
Western Carolina University is located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. The campus is in the picturesque Cullowhee valley along the Tuckasegee River located approximately 50 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. WCU has been consistently voted the Top Adventure college in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine for its location, and opportunities for mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, and outdoor life.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:
Candidates will be expected to teach across a broad range of construction management and civil engineering topics including, but not limited to construction materials and methods, estimating, scheduling, project management, construction codes and documents, sustainability, construction law, etc. Applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence in both teaching and service based on the Boyer Model of Scholarship with a primary focus supporting students in undergraduate research.Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates should have a strong commitment to contribute to the intellectual and practical lives of students and other stakeholders of the School, College, University, and Construction Industry. A focus on exceptional teaching, scholarship, service, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is required.
- Possess an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in construction management, construction engineering, civil engineering, architecture, architectural engineering, or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution.
- Have a minimum of three (3) or more years of U.S. project-based construction industry experience.
- Be able to teach at least three (3) existing courses in the CM curriculum.
Preferred candidates will have one or more of the following:
1. Upper-level management experience in the construction industry.2. Relevant professional registration and/or certifications (PE, CPC, PMP, PSP, etc.).3. University-level teaching experience including online/distance education.4. Ability to develop and teach course(s) in one or more of the following specialty areas:
- Geodetics and Construction Layout
- Construction Automation and Robotics
- Construction Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Safety Engineering
- Geo-construction Operations
- Building and MEP Systems
- Land and Site Development Logistics
- Computer Coding for Construction
Additional specialty topics appropriate to the program will be considered.Position Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
10/06/2022Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online. Hard copy application materials will not be considered.Background/E-Verify:
Please include a current curriculum vitae, letter of application, statement of teaching and student engagement goals, statement of research and scholarship goals, copy of unofficial transcripts, and a list of three professional references (with complete contact information).
For questions, or additional information, please contact Dr. Bruce Gehrig, Director of the Kimmel School of Construction Management at [email protected]
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]
The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.