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Assistant Professor in Engineering Education
Utah State University

Date Posted Sep. 18, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in Engineering Education
University Utah State University
Logan, UT, United States
Department Engineering Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2024
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Assistant Professor in Engineering Education

Position Summary:

The Engineering Education Department (EED) at Utah State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. This is a nine-month academic-year appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2024. Candidates must have earned a doctorate in an engineering discipline, engineering education, cognitive science, education, or psychology by the start of the appointment. Candidates must also have a B.S. and M.S. in an engineering discipline. The ideal candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential to develop a strong and externally funded research program in engineering education, a track record of peer-reviewed publications, potential or record of teaching competency at both graduate and undergraduate levels, and evidence of professional leadership skills.  Post-doctoral and/or teaching experience is highly desirable.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrate excellence in establishing a strong and externally funded research program in engineering education.
  • Effectively teach undergraduate Engineering Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, or Fundamental Electronics for Engineers courses as well as graduate courses in the Department’s Engineering Education Ph.D. and M.S. programs.
  • Serve as a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students on their research activities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the department, university, and community service. 

Minimum/Preferred Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  1. A doctorate in an engineering discipline, engineering education, cognitive science, education, or psychology by the start of faculty appointment (August 1, 2024).
  2. B.S. and M.S. in an engineering discipline.
  3. Ability to conduct and disseminate research in engineering education.
  4. Ability to write competitive external grants to support scholarly activities.
  5. Ability to teach undergraduate Engineering Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, or Fundamental Electronics for Engineers.
  6. Potential or record of success in effective teaching experience and mentoring.
  7. Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Potential or record of success in obtaining external funding.
  2. Record of peer-reviewed journal publications in engineering education research.
  3. B.S. from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
  4. Previous experience teaching undergraduate Engineering Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, or Fundamental Electronics for Engineers.
  5. Potential to collaborate with existing EED faculty members on externally funded projects.


Dept/College Highlights:

The Engineering Education Department is one of five departments in the USU College of Engineering ( The Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering Education program since 2009 and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Education program since 2021. Our faculty teach college-wide, large-enrollment undergraduate engineering fundamentals and technical communication courses, as well as graduate courses in our graduate programs.  Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with our faculty on various research projects in six broad areas including broadening participation in engineering, engineering learning and problem solving, engineering workplace and training, K-12 STEM education, online engineering education, and technology-enhanced learning.  We are beautifully situated in a high mountain valley where an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities is available.

Online Application and Required Documents:

Interested applicants should apply online via the Utah State University College of Engineering Career page ( and then click on "Learn more about the Assistant Professor Position" under the Engineering Education category. Your application should include 1) Curriculum vitae; 2) Cover letter; 3) Research Statement describing the primary research areas and potential funding sources the applicant will target; 4) Teaching Statement describing teaching philosophy as well as undergraduate and graduate courses the applicant is capable of teaching; and 5) Names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. 

Employment at USU is subject to background checks. The review of applications will start on January 15, 2024, and will remain open until the position is filled. For inquiries, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Oenardi Lawanto, at (435) 797-8699 or  However, do not send your applications directly to Dr. Lawanto.  All applications must be sent online.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at 

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,



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Contact Information

  • Dr. Oenardi Lawanto
    Engineering Education
    Utah State University
    Logan, UT
  • (435) 797-8699


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