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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Illinois State University

Date Posted Apr. 2, 2024
Title Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University Illinois State University
Normal, IL, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Summer 2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Illinois State University invites applications for multiple open rank tenure-track/tenured positions starting in Summer 2024.

Our new College of Engineering is seeking founding faculty members to join us in building the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the ground up.

We seek candidates who are highly qualified and motivated to teach labs and courses, help shape the department's future and contribute to ISU's legacy of innovation, collaborate with industry leaders and work on real-world projects, preparing students for the dynamic field of mechanical engineering.

A successful candidate will also be expected to pursue cross-functional, integrative curriculum development and incorporate a pedagogical approach to involve students in learning through high levels of engagement.

This is your chance to be part of something remarkable. Join us at ISU, where you'll have the opportunity to inspire the engineers of tomorrow and make a lasting impact on the field of mechanical engineering. Don't miss this exciting chapter in ISU's history.

Additional Information

Our new College of Engineering is seeking founding faculty members to join us in building the Department of Mechanical Engineering from the ground up. Our mission is to provide a transformative educational experience that equips students with the skills, knowledge, and ethical values needed to excel in the world of mechanical engineering. As a faculty member, you will play a pivotal role in teaching, mentoring, and preparing students for real-world challenges, including energy, sustainability, robotics, automation, machine design, and manufacturing. Therefore, this is a once-in-a-career opportunity to shape the future of an entire department and a chance to contribute to ISU's legacy of innovation and academic excellence.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (
Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Qualifications

1) PhD in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field.
2) Experience in teaching labs, experimentation, experiential learning, curriculum.
3) Strong commitment to teaching excellence, innovative research, promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

For senior ranks, established externally funded research record is desired.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

Summer 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) CV
2) Cover letter
3) Statement of purpose addressing teaching, research, service, commitment to diversity and inclusion
4) List of contact information for five references

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applicants will commence immediately, and the positions will remain open until filled.

  • Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed by contacting the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access by email at, by calling (309) 438-3383, or by mail at Illinois State University, Campus Box 1280, Normal, IL 61790.

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Contact Information

  • Mechanical Engineering
    Illinois State University
    Campus Box 1300
    Normal, IL 61761


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