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Professor of the Practice / Assistant Teaching Professor
Tufts University

Date Posted Aug. 31, 2021
Title Professor of the Practice / Assistant Teaching Professor
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department School of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
  • Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at Tufts University invites applications for a full-time Professor of the Practice or Assistant Teaching Professor position to support the human factors engineering program, to begin in Fall 2022.

We seek candidates with expertise in human factors engineering, or a closely related field such as engineering psychology, industrial engineering, industrial design, user-interface design, human-computer interaction, or ergonomics. Principal responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate instruction, advising and mentorship; supervision of student independent projects; direction of the usability lab; and department and university service. The commitment to engaged and innovative teaching is essential to our department’s mission.

This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position. The initial appointment term will be for two years with the possibility of renewal.

Tufts’ School of Engineering distinguishes itself by its interdisciplinary focus and integrative nature, within the intellectually rich environment of both a "Research I" university and a top-ranked undergraduate institution. The Human Factors program benefits from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, collaborative faculty, and strong cross-disciplinary partnerships within the department of Mechanical Engineering as well as with Computer Science, Psychology, Occupational Therapy. The position will also benefit from potential collaborations across the broader Tufts community, such as with the Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Schools or the Tufts Gordon Institute.

Located only six miles from historic downtown Boston, faculty members on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus have extensive opportunities for academic and industrial collaboration as well as participation in the rich intellectual life of the area. The School of Engineering is in the midst of a period of exciting growth that has seen the recruitment of outstanding new faculty, a quadrupling of funded research over the last ten years, the addition of new buildings and laboratory space, major curricular initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a focused emphasis on enhancing diversity, equity and, inclusion within our programs.

A doctoral degree is preferred, but candidates with a master’s degree and 10 years of professional experience will also be considered. The candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring. Prior mentoring experience of students or co-workers is expected. Assistant Teaching Professor candidates must possess prior teaching experience, especially with undergraduate students, and have an engaging teaching style. Professor of the Practice candidates must possess prior industry, government or other applied R&D experience.

We request that each application include the following materials: (a) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position, (b) a curriculum vitae, © a statement of teaching philosophy, (d) contact information for at least three references, and (e) a sample of material developed for the classroom, such as a syllabus, a homework assignment, or a laboratory exercise. Items (a) through (e) should be submitted online through Interfolio at

Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate throughout their application their attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion as these topics relate to teaching, research, and engagement within the academic environment.

Applications are due December 15, 2020 but review of applications will begin October 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the department or the position, please visit our web page. Inquiries should be emailed to

For assistance with Interfolio, please contact or call 877-997-8807.

  • Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University also prides itself on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

    Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy here If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling Johny Laine in the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at

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