Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice
The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor-of-the-Practice. Exceptionally well qualified candidates could be considered at other ranks. All Teaching Professor positions, regardless of rank, are non-tenured positions appointed for a three-year limited term period.
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses including but not limited to computing (MATLAB, and potentially Python or C++), CAD (NX, and potentially CATIA), and instrumentation (LabVIEW, electronic components, experimental methods, etc.). The successful candidate will also teach our cornerstone introductory course, which is currently a systems-oriented design-build-fly experience. Each of these courses requires a commitment to student success, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, to inspire and retain our students. Future teaching assignments may also include introductory aeronautics or astronautics, depending on department needs and individual experience.
The term of appointment will be three years with renewable appointment possible. Each year, the term of appointment will be 9 months at 100% FTE, with up to three months of summer support possible from grant support, additional summer courses, or targeted investments for growth initiatives, such as distance learning. The appointment is contingent upon funding.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering currently has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, approximately 320 undergraduate and 40 graduate students, with programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. KU is a comprehensive educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system, with approximately 29,000 students and 2,800 faculty members. Opened in 1866, KU’s main campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, occupying 1000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of 96,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested hills of eastern Kansas.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.
Develop and teach undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering. Teaching faculty are expected to meet all class sessions consistent with the responsible conduct of their assigned class. Teaching faculty develop and update syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, test questions, tests, and web-based material, and assist in the development and implementation of technology and student-centered pedagogies. They hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught, supervise Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Undergraduate that may assist in their classes, and adhere to department, School, and university policies and procedures. Effective teaching is monitored by student evaluations, peer reviews, and alumni responses and surveys. Participate in undergraduate student academic advising.
Perform service for the Department, School, University, and professional societies. Participate in ABET accreditation activities within the department including but not limited to development of assessment methods for student projects and learning outcomes. All teaching faculty members are expected to advise and mentor undergraduate students.
Work with Aerospace Engineering faculty members to develop proposals for curriculum development and/or engineering pedagogy, and assist in curriculum and course transformation, and program assessment. This includes partnering with faculty members to teach and implement creative and effective mechanisms for improving student learning, engagement, and retention, especially in large introductory courses. Author or co-author journal articles and papers in conference proceedings on topics relating to engineering education, or relating to student outcomes in course activities.
For Assistant Professor-of-the-Practice:
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related discipline.
At least five years of industrial experience in the United States, or in foreign offices of US-based companies, after the B.S. degree; OR at least three years of engineering teaching experience.
At least three years of experience with MATLAB/Simulink, Python or C/C++ programming.
At least three years of experience with NX, CATIA or similar 3D solid, parametric CAD.
At least one year of experience with LabVIEW or typical experimental test and instrumentation hardware and software.
A commitment to student success, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to inspire and retain our students, as evidenced by a statement of teaching.
Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of growing responsibility in industry, or by successful prior experience in teaching.
Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the application materials and during the interview process.
For Associate Professor-of-the Practice, all of the above and the following:
Total of fifteen years of professional experience past the B.S. degree, or seven years of engineering teaching experience.
Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related discipline.
Recent experience in teaching engineering courses in higher education.