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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Seattle Pacific University

Date Posted Sep. 19, 2023
Title Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA, United States
Department Engineering and Computer Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Diversity Statement

As part of our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an excellent and diverse staff and faculty. Diversity is an ethos that is inseparable from our Christian faith. At SPU, we recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation and a core theme of the gospel. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully.

We strive to become a workplace of choice and to recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey by starting a career at SPU! Learn more about SPU's commitment to diversity and opportunities for our employees to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.


Job Description:

About the Department of Engineering and Computer Science

The Department of Engineering and Computer Science is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, and offers a variety of undergraduate majors, including Mechanical Engineering.  All of the engineering programs are ABET accredited. The department's mission is to provide a diverse and supportive Christian community in which we prepare our students to become effective team members and responsible servant-leaders by equipping them with theoretical knowledge and applied skills to create and utilize appropriate solutions in Engineering and Computing disciplines. All programs incorporate a significant hands-on component and include both an internship and a year-long interdisciplinary team senior capstone project.

The Department of Engineering and Computer Science is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  The position will start September 2024, and includes a regular nine-month teaching load of about 33 quarter credits, typically including a variety of courses throughout the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum. The candidate will also advise undergraduates and participate in the life of the department.  Tenure-track faculty members are expected to establish and maintain a program of research/scholarship and participate in the life of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University.


  • A strong commitment to undergraduate engineering education
  • A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field (ABD candidates will be considered)
  • OR an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with relevant experience


  • Experience in industry and/or leading engineering team projects
  • Evidence of the ability to teach, advise, and/or mentor underrepresented and first-generation college students
  • Familiarity with policies, standards, and best practices regarding engineering laboratory and/or workspace safety
  • Technical expertise in design, manufacturing, or robotics/control/mechatronics


Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled.

Salary Range: $80,000-86,000

Faculty salaries at Seattle Pacific University are based on nationally-normed, regionally-adjusted, and discipline-specific data from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Specific salary offers will be determined by level of education and years of relevant experience.

Working at SPU earns you much more than a paycheck. All full-time positions at SPU include a generous benefits package, SPU pays the employee premium for medical, dental, and vision insurance. SPU makes contributions to an employee HSA account and to a retirement account after one year of eligibility in the plan. A tuition discount program is available for the employee and qualified immediate family members.

The Department of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to recruiting and retaining the best possible Christian faculty, keeping in mind that diversity will contribute to high-quality curriculum and instruction, as well as a dynamic and well-rounded learning environment for faculty and students alike. 


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with completion of all the online application materials noted below:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made online and include an official SPU application form, a faith statement of approximately one page, a statement on addressing diversity in course materials and class sessions, a teaching philosophy statement of approximately one page, a curriculum vitae, and other supporting documents.  All inquiries should be addressed to:

Daniel Keene, PhD
Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W Suite 307
Seattle, WA 98119-1957

  • Seattle Pacific University provides reasonable accommodation to applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the application or hiring process please contact the Human Resources Department at (206)281-2809, or email Notification must be given at least five (5) working days before the accommodation is needed.

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Contact Information

  • Daniel Keene
    Engineering and Computer Science
    Seattle Pacific University
    Seattle, WA 98115


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