The Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA) invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor in Engineering Education. This is a 9-month non-tenure track, clinical faculty appointment with opportunities for promotion and for summer salary through extramural funding. The Clinical Assistant Professor will join EETI’s existing faculty, students, and staff in supporting our vision to become the premier global model for integrating scholarship and practice. This is a uniquely defined position in the field of engineering education whose professional activities involve serving as a mediator between educational research and practice.
This position offers an exciting opportunity to transform engineering education practices and cultures across our College of Engineering by contributing to the growth of a committed community of educators who work at the intersection of engineering education research, pedagogical innovations, and curricular transformations. The successful applicant will join EETI, an innovative, cross-cutting engineering education unit that integrates scholarship and practice throughout the College of Engineering’s four Schools: the School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering; School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering; and School of Computing.
The Clinical Assistant Professor will build research capacity for engineering education by supporting and collaborating with engineering tenure-track faculty, lecturers, staff, and graduate students to (1) design educational research projects and proposals for competitive extramural funding programs (e.g., NSF) and (2) develop and lead a graduate certificate program in engineering education. The successful candidate will utilize using asset- and strength-based perspectives as they engage with members of the UGA community.
This is a novel position in the field that provides a passionate individual with the opportunity to combine their educational research experience and desire for educational transformation in the context of building research capacity in the field. More specifically, this role entails:
- Professional development programs: This position will contribute to expanding EETI’s existing community around the scholarship of teaching and learning and will be a key player in continuing our work to infuse a culture of educational research and innovation in the college. The Clinical Assistant Professor will lead research initiation activities with engineering faculty, staff, and graduate students such as educational research incubators and Research and Innovation Grants. The successful candidate will have opportunities to envision, develop, and lead new programs that meet the evolving needs and interests of College of Engineering personnel.
- Project and research design support: The Clinical Assistant Professor will contribute their expertise to enhance the translation, evaluation, and dissemination efforts of integrated educational innovation and research projects. Depending on the project, this work might entail an advisory, supporting, or leading role, thus offering the successful applicant opportunities to build their portfolio of, and reputation for, nationally recognized engineering education work. This work might also entail connecting individuals across the College to form teams with complementary expertise that can successfully realize educational research project ideas.
- Curriculum development and instruction: The Clinical Assistant Professor will lead development of a graduate level certificate program in engineering education and teach courses in the certificate program and/or the Engineering Education and Transformative Practice PhD program.
- Dissemination and propagation: The Clinical Assistant Professor will represent EETI across a range of external organizations and events relevant to the work they are doing as part of the position. They will lead and support journal publications, conference papers, and presentations about research initiation projects and EETI’s ongoing efforts to expand the engineering education community at UGA and build research capacity around the globe.
- A PhD in engineering or STEM education, higher education, educational psychology, or similar discipline.
Applicants with a PhD in Engineering must have a background that includes educational research training and leading high quality educational research projects.
- Capacity for and commitment to thriving in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.
- Foundation in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods with demonstrated expertise in one or more method.
- Knowledge of federal funding opportunities in engineering education.
- Track record of successfully applying for federal funding in discipline based educational research.
- At least one year of teaching and curriculum development experience in higher education.
To apply, please submit applications at:
Applications should include:
- A detailed curriculum vitae
- A cover letter (not to exceed two pages) that addresses the candidate’s research, teaching, and service, as well as plans to contribute to EETI.
- A combined teaching and mentoring statement (not to exceed three total pages) describing your teaching and mentoring philosophies and prior experience as well as potential contributions to the Engineering Education graduate certificate (i.e., specific courses to develop or teach).
- A research statement (not to exceed 2 pages), highlighting contributions to engineering education, research collaborations, and broader impacts of your work.
- The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.
- [Optional] Candidates may submit (one) page of references corresponding to their teaching/mentoring and research statements as a separate page if desired.
Questions related to the position may be directed to Julie P. Martin, EETI Director, Julie.Martin@uga.edu. Applications received before January 5, 2024 will be given full consideration.
About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 16 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and Colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.
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