Assistant Professor of Engineering

Moline, Rock Island County
Aug 15, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves approximately 12,200 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: January 15, 2015

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach engineering courses, organize and conduct laboratories at both the undergraduate and graduate level; mentor student design teams; assist in maintaining ABET accreditation; serve on school, college and university committees; maintain office hours in accordance with the negotiated contract; foster corporate alliances; assist in recruiting and retaining students; work with the Quad City Manufacturing Lab and other Quad Cities area economic development efforts. For a listing of the current curriculum see:

RANK & SALARY: Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure track. Competitive salary. Western Illinois University offers a very competitive benefits package including retirement, health, vision, dental and domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



  • A Ph.D. in mechanical, civil, or manufacturing engineering from a university that has an ABET-EAC accredited program in one of those engineering disciplines. A closely related degree with the same accreditation requirements may be considered.  Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning must be submitted with application.
  • Must have experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in mechanical, civil, or manufacturing engineering in an ABET-EAC accredited program; documented evidence of teaching excellence; teaching evaluations for the latest courses taught must be submitted with the application.
  • Must be able to teach engineering courses that will support WIU’s engineering program.
  • Must have industry experience or applied research experience related to mechanical, civil, or manufacturing engineering.
  • Candidates must be able to pass oral English proficiency requirements as demonstrated by an oral interview and/or presentation.
  • Be eligible to obtain a US security clearance and work on the US Army Rock Island Arsenal.


  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET-EAC accredited program or equivalent in Mechanical, Civil, or Manufacturing Engineering or a closely related field with the ABET-EAC accreditation requirements.
  • Theoretical and practical experience in machine and mechanical design, robotics & automation, engineering thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat, statics, dynamics, strength of materials, structures, and in general any course typically found in a mechanical, civil, or manufacturing engineering program, and be able to teach courses, organize, and conduct laboratories in these disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We are looking for a well-rounded individual with versatile teaching skills.
  • Practical experience in engineering that will support the development of technology in the region, in support of the mission of the School of Engineering.
  • Be able to work harmoniously with diverse groups of people across a wide spectrum of disciplines to solve problems in support of the school’s mission.
  • Be able to inspire, direct, teach, mentor, recruit, and retain students. Must enjoy working with students.
  • Experience with assessment of ABET-EAC accredited programs.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: Western Illinois University is a teaching university and as such the primary mission of the School of Engineering is to turn ordinary students into extraordinary engineers. Our equally important secondary mission is to assist companies, inventors, entrepreneurs, and individuals in the development of technological skills, concepts, ideas, and inventions, in support of the economic development of the region. In short, we are looking for dynamic individuals who enjoy teaching with a mix of theoretical and practical, like to get out of their offices and comfort zones, to help others learn and like get their hands dirty.

Our website can be found at

  • The Degree: The engineering degree can best be described as “multidisciplinary”, focusing on core subjects in math, science, engineering science, and foundation courses in circuits-electronics-mechatronics, materials-mechanical-structural analysis and design, thermo-fluids, engineering management and manufacturing. Electives in mechanical, civil, electrical, robotics, automation & controls, materials, manufacturing, and engineering management give the degree flexibility and prepare our students for professional practice. Simply put, the degree is “Engineering”. We are planning the expansion of our offerings to include undergraduate degrees in Mechanical, Civil, and Electrical Engineering, and in the near future, a graduate degree in engineering. We are looking for dynamic individuals who can help us accomplish this goal.
  • Regional businesses: The WIU-QC School of Engineering is uniquely positioned by virtue of being the only public University in the Quad Cities with an engineering program. The region is heavily oriented towards engineering and manufacturing with over 10,000 engineers within a 50 mile radius. Industries include agricultural equipment, robotics, automation, materials, sensors, renewable energy, civil, power, general manufacturing, and defense. Students typically obtain paid year round internships starting as early as their sophomore year, work with companies during their senior design projects, and graduate with multiple employment offers. Faculty are expected to participate in the mentoring of students and in providing advice for student-industrial teams.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications. 

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application;

2) current curriculum vita or resume;

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five current professional references;

4) Teaching evaluations from the latest courses taught; and 

5) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on September 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. William Pratt at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 298-1977 or via email at