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Teaching Professor in Aerospace Engineering (Open Rank)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Oct. 14, 2021
Title Teaching Professor in Aerospace Engineering (Open Rank)
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Dec. 1, 2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics
Teaching Professor in Aerospace Engineering (Open Rank)
Department of Aerospace Engineering
The Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the position of Teaching Professor (open-rank, full-time). Successful candidates will join the department's thriving community of faculty and will make a significant impact on aerospace engineering education by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, by leading course and curriculum development, by interacting with students through academic advising, and by conducting funded research in education-related areas of interest and expertise. The department has a particular need for candidates who could teach aerospace gateway courses that provide the foundation for learning throughout the curriculum, hands-on courses in computational or laboratory methods, and design-related courses that emphasize communication, team building, and leadership. Candidates will also have opportunities to interact with a large, campus-wide community of engineering education researchers, supported by institutions that include the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3), the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), and the College of Education.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit To learn more about the University commitment to diversity, please visit

All successful candidates must have a PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a related field, as well as demonstrated potential for developing coursework, teaching effectively, and mentoring/advising students. In addition to teaching qualifications, successful candidates must show exceptional potential in research and scholarship. Successful candidates must also share the department's commitment to building a culturally diverse educational environment.

Successful candidates are expected to take leadership in addressing the following specific curricular needs that have been identified by the department:
  • Support curricular innovation - through encouragement of innovation, interdisciplinary design, project-based learning, and industry interaction.
  • Strengthen computational and data science skills - through direction and coordination of learning expectations, skills, and teaching material throughout the curriculum.
  • Foster inclusion - through demonstration and evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors.
  • Refine professional and business skills - through improved written and oral communication, and team building and leadership skills.
  • Teach or co-teach aerospace gateway courses - that provide the foundation for the longitudinal learning along the curriculum.

Successful candidates are also expected to perform the following tasks:
  • Assist with pedagogy and evidence-based reform in specific aerospace classes as needed.
  • Design and deliver assessments of the outcomes of longitudinal learning efforts.
  • Produce scholarly work, particularly related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Liaise with faculty, external advisory teams and industry professionals concerning the curriculum.
  • Provide service to the profession, the department, and the university.

This is a renewable non-tenure track position appointed on a 9-month service basis. The proposed start date is August 16, 2022; however, this date may be sooner depending on the needs of the organization. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications must be submitted online at The application package should include the following: a) cover letter, b) curriculum vitae, c) teaching statement, d) statement of service, e) diversity statement, f) representative teaching artifacts including syllabi and learning goals, laboratory exercises, g) research statement, and h) names/contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 1, 2021. Early applications are strongly encouraged as interviews may take place during the application period; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. Questions about the application process should be referred to Christine Gipson at or 217-244-4921.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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