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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor, Manufacturing Engineering
Western Washington University

  • Oct. 11, 2017
  • Open until filled
  • Sep. 16, 2018
  • Assistant Professor
  • Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
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Position Responsibilities: Primary position responsibilities include:

  • Developing and teaching lab-based manufacturing engineering courses with a focus on student-centered learning and with specialization in two or more of the following areas:
    o Manufacturing Automation,
    o Robotics,
    o Process Automation Design and Simulation,
    o Manufacturing Systems Integration, and/or
    o Introductory Electronics, Control Theory, and Mechatronics;
  • Teaching core courses in general engineering and/or basic manufacturing;
  • Developing and maintaining a relevant program of scholarly activity that involves undergraduate researchers;
  • Participating in service and accreditation activities; and
  • Supporting the Department’s Mission.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting with curriculum development, maintaining currency in manufacturing engineering practice, student advising and recruitment, developing internship and interdisciplinary opportunities, professional interactions with colleagues and industry, and student club and professional development activities.
Required Qualifications:

  • One of the following:
    o An earned PhD in manufacturing, electrical, or mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline, from an accredited institution prior to September 16, 2018, or
    o An earned Master of Science degree in manufacturing or mechanical engineering, or a closely related discipline, and significant, recent, relevant industry-based professional experience.
  • Teaching and scholarship interests and experience that are closely aligned with the Mission of the Department.
  • Demonstrable proficiency in two or more of the foundational theories and industrial applications within the specialization areas listed above.
  • The ability to teach core engineering courses, such as engineering design, circuits, materials, statics, mechanics of materials, or manufacturing processes.
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
  • The ability to maintain a relevant program of scholarly activity.
  • The ability and willingness to maintain currency in manufacturing engineering practice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent, relevant experience in industry, industry sponsored grants, commercialization, and/or industry relations.
  • Successful prior teaching experience.
  • The ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: quality assurance, design of experiments, project management, ergonomics, CAD, CAM, CNC programming and operations, or FEA.

Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications must include: (1) a letter of application providing evidence as to how you meet the qualifications for the position, (2) a statement of your philosophy of and interest in teaching, including your ability to effectively teach Western’s increasingly diverse student body, (3) a summary of teaching evaluations, if applicable, (4) a statement of your research experience and interests, and (5) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references. 

Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.

All application materials must be uploaded through the Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE) at  Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Associate Professor Derek Yip-Hoi, at or (360) 650-3380. Incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications will not be considered.

Closing Date Notes: Review of applications will start November 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

  • Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

    WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

    All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360) 650-3774.

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Contact Information

  • Associate Professor Derek Yip-Hoi
    Engineering and Design
    Western Washington University
    516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA 98225
  • 360-650-3380


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