The School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University (WCU) has an opening for an Assistant / Associate Professor of Engineering – Mechanical, beginning August 2021. This is a nine (9) month tenure-track position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate has been selected for hire. The faculty member will primarily teach on the campus at Cullowhee. However, they may occasionally be required to teach at remote sites or online as needed. Rank determination will be made at point of hire based upon candidate qualifications.
The successful candidate should have an interest and commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, scholarship, and professional service to the university and region. Many faculty pursue scholarship and application-focused research with external clients through our nationally-recognized Rapid Center. For more information on the School of Engineering + Technology please visit set.wcu.edu.
All engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by ABET's EAC and ETAC, respectively. The college has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier Undergraduate Engineering program for the past several years.
Programs in the school have a strong emphasis on applied Project-Based Learning (PBL), as evidenced by the industry experiences of the faculty. Applicants with practical laboratory and industry experience will be reviewed favorably. Applicants should have an interest in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in one or more of the following areas:
● System dynamics and control ● Electromechanical systems ● Automation and control
The successful candidate should have a commitment to excellence in teaching and applied scholarship, based on the Boyer model of Scholarship. Successful applicants will have proven excellence, or potential, in teaching, scholarship, service, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many opportunities for service exist both inside and outside the university. Applicants should have an interest and be able to teach at the Bachelor's and Master's levels including thesis supervision and laboratory instruction.
Candidates with extensive practical laboratory and experimentation backgrounds are highly desirable. Candidates with experience in more than one area of need will be reviewed favorably.
Successful candidates will be expected to support the University's external engagement mission and our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website www.wcu.edu for details regarding the QEP.
Western Carolina University (WCU) is located beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. Western North Carolina is known for its ideal location for outdoor activities including mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, skiing, and many other family-oriented activities.
The campus, in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, a location undergoing significant growth and manufacturing projects. The campus is located midway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. An instructional site for certain programs is located in Asheville, North Carolina.
A minimum of three years relevant industry experience, or documented equivalent, are required.
A terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, or closely related field, is required prior to the starting date.
This is a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, advising, curriculum development, engagement with regional business and industry, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review.
Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript from highest earned degree, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of scholarship plans, and a listing of at least three professional references to complete the application process.
For additional information or questions contact Dr. Hugh Jack: telephone 828-227-2775, visit http://set.wcu.edu, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.