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Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

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Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Department Chair

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0

Range: $75,000- $84,000 based on experience

Position Summary: The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering seeks to fill two (2) Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, beginning July 1st, 2024. The successful candidate will hold an earned MS and/or be registered in a PhD program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or related discipline with the ability to teach a variety of undergraduate engineering courses. Review of applications will begin immediate and continue until the positions are filled. Screening interviews will be conducted via teleconferencing. The selected candidate is expected to contribute towards advancing the mission and vision of both the department and the Coulter School of Engineering. The standard teaching load for this position is three courses per semester with no more than two new preparations per semester.

General Purpose: 1) Teaching and Curriculum Development; 2) Mentorship and guidance of undergraduate students; and 3) Service.

Position Responsibilities:

Teaching & Curriculum Development: Deliver undergraduate courses in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Department has openings in the field of: Fundamentals of aerospace engineering; Introduction to engineering design; Dynamical systems; Aerospace structures; Orbital mechanics; Statics; Strength of materials; Heat transfer; and Aerodynamics.

Advising and Mentorship: Provide academic advising to undergraduate students on their progress to successful completion of the B.Sc. (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Major).

Service: Participate in department services activities and contribute to the development of department initiatives and programs.

Health & Safety: All staff has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff is therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy & Procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified

Essential Skills: The successful candidate is expected to have a passion for teaching excellence. This includes a commitment to staying current with and implementing pedagogical best practices, adopting technology in the classroom to enhance learning, engaging in professional activities related to pedagogy, and pursuing scholarship in pedagogy.

Minimal Qualifications:
Earned MS and/or Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer or related discipline. Ph.D. candidates wishing to explore an academic career in teaching, will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching experience at the university level of courses in Fundamentals of aerospace engineering; Introduction to engineering design; Dynamical systems; Aerospace structures; Orbital mechanics; Statics; Strength of materials; Heat transfer; Aerodynamics, or an allied/related field. Applicants with over 5 years of industry experience related to the courses listed are highly desired.


Minimum of 3 years preferred. Previous teaching experience is desirable/preferred, or a commitment to teaching excellence and a willingness to learn new teaching techniques.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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).


Working at Clarkson University

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. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

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.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

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