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Associate Director for Education and Inclusivity
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Sep. 15, 2022
Title Associate Director for Education and Inclusivity
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, United States
Department Mechanical Science and Engineering-Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)
Application Deadline Sep. 30, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Associate/Assistant Director
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering - Other

Associate Director of Education and Inclusivity
Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)
Mechanical Science and Engineering 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) is soliciting applications for the position of Associate Director of Education and Inclusivity. This position will report to the POETS Director and will be located Urbana-Champaign. POETS’ long-term goal is to increase the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times over current state of the art systems. While ambitious, this would have a profound impact on a mobile electrified infrastructure of the U.S. and beyond. On-highway vehicles could save between 100-300 million liters of fuel per year and could nearly double the range of all- electric vehicles. Off-highway vehicles could save approximately 100 billion liters of fuel since their electrification is starting from a less mature point than current on-highway vehicles. Similarly, aircraft could see 10-30 billion liters of fuel saved as well as up to 10 million tons of CO2 saved from going into the high-altitude atmosphere. These economic and environmental impacts are just the beginning of the art of the possible with the achievement of the POETS vision. More information about POETS is available at:

Job Summary:

Responsible for developing and implementing the Center's strategic education and workforce development plans, including all aspects of diversity and inclusivity in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM).

Duties and Responsibilities:

In coordination with the Center’s leadership team, evolve and execute the Center’s strategic education and workforce development plans, including goals, benchmarks, and strategies across partner institutions. The plans include K-12 education, summer, and scholar programs; experiences for K-12 teachers; and hypothesis-driven STEM curriculum development. 

  • In coordination with the Center’s leadership team, develop and execute a strategy for promoting a culture of inclusivity within STEM education, including goals, benchmarks, and strategies across partner  institutions.  
  • Engage with national groups and organizations focused on education and inclusivity including other National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center  programs and organizations at POETS partner institutions; Strong engagement includes importing best practices into POETS and sharing POETS lessons learned with these communities.  
  • In coordination with the Center’s leadership team, enable and lead rigorous and formal assessment of education, workforce development, and inclusivity activities; partner with assessment organization personnel and programs to deliver results and drive continuous improvement; disseminate results  within POETS and to outside constituents such as the National Science Foundation.  
  • Develop and maintain communications for the Center’s education, workforce development, and inclusivity programs across partner institutions; these include written publications, reports, brochures, web pages, social networking, and other media.  
  • Advocate for POETS-related inclusivity issues. With support of college-level and department-level diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) offices, organize DEI workshops and resources to educate POETS faculty, staff, and students on DEI best practices.  
  • Participate in meetings relevant to POETS, including suitable conferences, site visits, annual meetings, and Engineering Research Center meetings, with travel as appropriate; this encompasses data gathering  and preparation prior to the meetings in addition to active participation and presentation during the meetings.  
  • Develop and strengthen long-term core or outreach partnerships with predominantly female, African-American, Native-American, and Hispanic-American serving institutions and institutions, serving large numbers of these underrepresented students in STEM disciplines.  Assume appropriate related duties to further the mission of the Center. 


Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in engineering education, engineering, or a related field. Experience working in K-12 engineering education is required, and specific experience working with undergraduate and graduate engineering students and courses is preferred. A minimum of three years in the development and implementation of engineering education pedagogical tools, courses, or facilities.

Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in engineering education, or STEM (particularly in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering), or a related field. Degree or certificate in a field of concentration focused on enhancing diversity and inclusivity     experiences for others. Three years or more of experience in compliance or training experience in diversity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs.  Experience developing and implementing diversity and inclusion engineering and STEM programs in an educational environment. Experience working in an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional program. Experience in grant writing in relevant fields. Familiarity with database development and management for assessment analysis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of Title IX, Title VII, and ADA laws and best practices.  Excellent written and oral communication and listening skills, with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships, DEI considerations, and teamwork skills. This includes the ability to address diverse audiences, large or small, from varying educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to exercise good judgment in a fast-paced environment, both independently and working collaboratively. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with K-12 faculty, students, staff, and other stakeholders.

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by September 30, 2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. Please upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and names/contact information for three professional references. Interviews may take place prior the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The start date will be as soon as possible after the close date.  For further information about this specific position, please contact Hannah Dorsey. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

  • The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

    Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing


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Contact Information

  • Hannah Dorsey
    Mechanical Science and Engineering-Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL
  • 217-333-4978


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