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Job ID: 133715

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2019
University California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics

The Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications at the assistant professor level for a tenure-track faculty position beginning in the 2020-21 academic year.

The Position: The new faculty member will teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace engineering with primary responsibility in one or more of the following areas: aerospace structures, unmanned autonomous aerial systems, astronautics, and aircraft design. A strong interest in curriculum development, static and dynamic computer-based analysis, aerospace design, laboratory development in our B.S. and M.S. programs, pursuing grants and supervising student research are required. Advising students in curriculum and club matters, Senior Projects, Senior Design Projects, Master’s Projects, as well as serving on Department, College and University committees are also required. Candidates will also be expected to maintain currency in their fields and integrate new developments into the Department curriculum and incorporate a global perspective. Involvement in professional activities is also expected. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Cal Poly Pomona cultivates success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation. We demonstrate academic quality, relevance, and excellence through teaching, learning, scholarship, and creative activities with student-centered faculty in an evidence-based culture. Cal Poly Pomona is committed to being the model for an inclusive polytechnic university that inspires creativity and innovation, embraces local and global challenges, and transforms lives.

Salary and appointment at the Assistant Professor level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Aerospace Engineering Department: The Department, which serves about 600 students majoring in Aerospace Engineering, provides a comprehensive education that includes in-depth instruction in aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft structures, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, aerospace propulsion, systems engineering, and the design of aerospace vehicles. U.S. News and World Report ranked the Aerospace Engineering Department 4th in the nation in 2001 and 5th in the nation in 2002 among institutions offering BS and MS degrees in aerospace engineering. About one third of our undergraduate enrollment is minority and Hispanic. The Department also averages from ten to fifteen percent female undergraduate students each year.

The aerospace curriculum emphasizes analysis and problem solving, computer applications, laboratory work and exposure to open-ended problems and design issues while fostering teamwork, communication skills, and individual professionalism. Our students participate in AIAA design competitions, where they have won over a dozen top honors in the last 10 years, and the national AUVSI competition. The Department also requires an undergraduate thesis (Senior Project), which is usually undertaken by teams of students. The Department has eleven laboratories, including well-equipped Subsonic and Supersonic Wind Tunnel Labs, a UAV Lab, an Aerospace Structures Lab, and an Astronautics Lab. The newest lab in the Department is the Liquid Rocket Lab.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or a closely-related field by the date of appointment, or equivalent industrial experience (at least 10 years);
Demonstrated competence in Aerospace Engineering theory and practice;
Demonstrated skills/potential for excellent teaching and research in both the B.S. and M.S. Programs;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
Demonstrated ability to provide hands-on education in a multi-disciplinary environment;
Demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, creative activities, teaching and/or service and work, as well as experience working in an inclusive environment.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an ABET-accredited institution by the date of appointment;
A bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from an ABET-accredited institution;
Industrial and teaching experience.
Application Instructions
A completed application package, submitted via Interfolio will consist of:

A cover letter (3 pages max, double spaced) that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in this position description;
A curriculum vitae (3 pages max, double spaced) comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and three or more individual contact references: (a) names, (b) titles, © addresses (d) telephone numbers
Statements of teaching and research philosophy (two pages max, each, double spaced);
A completed Cal Poly Pomona hiring application form;
First, refer to the Cal Poly Pomona online catalog for the list of Aerospace courses for our BS and MS Programs. See:
Then, prepare, from the list of Aerospace courses in the Cal Poly Pomona catalog, three lists: (a) courses the candidate is prepared to teach with minimal preparation, (b) courses they can teach with some additional preparation, and © new courses they would like to develop for the Department.
A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with a diverse student population (2 pages max, single spaced);
An unofficial transcript showing highest degree earned; and
Finalists for the position will be required to provide three recent letters of reference and an official transcript of their highest degree.
The position will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by December 9, 2019. Early response is encouraged.

Please address all inquiries to:

Faculty Search Committee
c/o Ms. Amy Currier

Aerospace Engineering Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: 909.869.2470


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Contact Information

  • Amy Currier
    Aerospace Engineering
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Cal Poly Pomona
    3801 W. Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91768
  • 909.869.2470


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