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Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Nov 16, 2023

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University invites applications to fill a full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Lecturer with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023 or earlier. Candidates with extensive practice and expertise in mechanical engineering may be considered for the rank of Professor of Practice.

The position will be appointed with a one-year contract, renewable annually, and with the promotion to Senior Lecturer after 5 years of excellent performance. Primary duties include teaching up to four courses, or equivalent, per semester and actively contributing to the undergraduate teaching mission of the department. In addition, part-time positions may be available. The Department currently has 31 tenure-track/tenured faculty and 8 full-time non-tenure-track faculty. The Department is housed in modern research and education facilities with an enrollment of approximately 900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Clemson University is a public, land-grant institution currently ranked among the top 30 national public universities by U.S. News and World Report and as a Tier 1 Research Institution by the Carnegie Foundation. The campus is in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC in upstate South Carolina. 


The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. degree or possess a master’s degree with at least 10 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field. The candidate must have a passion for teaching and communication skills to motivate over 50 students per class in a dynamic, interactive environment with an ability to engage students to effectively learn in a remote environment using virtual technology platforms.

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching courses in mechanical engineering on the main campus of the university and possibly some teaching at innovation campuses, such as CU-ICAR in Greenville, SC. Highly desirable candidates will have expertise and interest in teaching fundamental mechanical engineering courses with an emphasis in the broad subject areas of thermodynamics, fluids, mechanics, design, manufacturing, or dynamic systems and controls.

Preferred qualifications include experience in aerospace, robotics, power generation, HVAC, or other industry experience and a demonstrated record in engineering pedagogy. Applications from women, members of underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and persons with disabilities will be particularly welcomed.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that includes a brief statement of teaching interest via Interfolio (

Applications will be reviewed when received, and the search will continue until positions are filled. Additional departmental information is available at:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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