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Professor of Practice

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Position Summary:
The Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University invites applicants to apply for a Professor of Practice teaching-track position focused on biomedical engineering and bioengineering. This individual will play a leadership role in launching Clarkson’s new 4+1 Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering program and Clarkson’s long standing Biomedical Engineering minor at the undergraduate level. The applicant will lead the Master’s capstone courses, which will include medical device design incorporating advanced manufacturing principles. This is part of a cluster hire of several positions focused on Advanced Manufacturing.

This position will support the advancement of the Solinsky Engineering Leadership Challenge. The Solinsky's $32M financial commitment to the Challenge represents the largest directed gift in the history of Clarkson University and will result in an $80M investment in engineering over its seven-year duration. The Challenge has a focus on advanced manufacturing and investment will include an anticipated significant expansion and renovation of the engineering building into the Solinsky Engineering Center. It also includes a portfolio of Solinsky Challenge advanced manufacturing initiatives such as: curricular and co-curricular innovation; expanding student engagement in manufacturing-related activities; advancing manufacturing research and technology transfer; significantly increasing Clarkson's engagement and partnership with industry; and advancing the reputation and visibility of Clarkson's engineering programs.

Solinsky Challenge success metrics include meeting program milestones; better preparing students for careers in advanced manufacturing; significantly increasing the number and effectiveness of the Solinsky Challenge industry- university and government-university partnerships; growing engineering enrollments; and enhancing the reputation of Clarkson Engineering as measured by US News and other rankings.

General Purpose:
The successful applicant will develop and teach assigned biomedical engineering-related undergraduate and
graduate courses, such as team-based capstone design courses, entrepreneurship, and regulatory compliance, mentor student-project teams, and grow industry-sponsored design projects. The successful applicant will also actively engage in service activities which include, but are not limited to, supporting ABET assessment; providing opportunities for students to visit advanced bio-manufacturing facilities; providing academic and career advising and mentoring to students; and contributing to the development of new courses and curricula.

Applications are sought from individuals whose expertise is at the interface of biomedical engineering and
manufacturing, potentially spanning the classical engineering disciplines, such as Mechanical, Chemical, Civil and Electrical engineering. Applicants should have relevant industry experience and be passionate about better preparing engineering graduates to enter the engineering workforce and advancing the economic vitality of the region, state, and nation by regaining US pre-eminence in manufacturing. Candidates must possess the communication and people skills necessary to work with students of all abilities, faculty and staff colleagues, and stakeholders from industry and government. Previous teaching experience and experience with government-industry-university partnerships and/or design projects is a plus.

Position Responsibilities:
Mentoring and Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach classes at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students on biomedical manufacturing-related design projects
  • Advise and promote University manufacturing SPEED team (Student Projects for Experiential Education)
  • Advise students on curricular and career matters
  • Lead educational student-visits to bio-manufacturing sites

Service Responsibilities:

  • Advise University on ways to promote biomedical manufacturing education
  • Propose and implement improvements in manufacturing-related facilities at the University
  • Participate on University committees
  • Help recruit new students into manufacturing-related educational programs
  • Foster relations with industry and promote industry-sponsored educational projects

Research Responsibilities:

  • Lead or contribute to scholarly research efforts in the area of biomedical engineering and manufacturing
  • Lead or collaborate with colleagues on industry and government proposals on industry and government proposals on biomedical manufacturing topics
  • Advise or co-advise graduate students on research projects

Essential Skills

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering and design related courses as well as develop curricular material
  • Communicate clearly in both oral and written formats
  • Interact with colleagues to promote a productive, collaborative environment
  • Interact with industry professionals to foster mutually beneficial relationships
  • Effectively advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  • Organize and coordinate educational outreach efforts
  • Generate an exciting and enthusiastic learning environment for students

Minimal Qualifications:

  • BS plus 10 years of industry experience or MS plus 5 years of industry experience; Exceptional candidates with MS and alternative industry design experience may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. plus 10 years of industry experience and teaching experience

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, Diversity Statement and contact information for three professional references through the University’s website at

An equal opportunity / affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

For full consideration, please apply by March 31st, 2023.

Special Instructions to Applicants: An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records)


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As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

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Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

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