Director of Engineering

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Carthage College seeks an engineer educator with broad industry experience and academic expertise in curriculum and program development to serve as the architect of a new undergraduate engineering program. These programs will build on Carthage’s multi-disciplinary strengths in the sciences and on a re-invigorated commitment to entrepreneurship education.   

The Engineering program will be housed in the recently renovated and expanded David A. Straz Science Center, home to NASA’s Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The Physics & Astronomy Department is home to the College’s new engineering science major (BA). The position will be appointed in this department and provide leadership for the engineering science major, working collaboratively with the existing physics faculty and the Dean to establish the full scope of engineering programs.  Responsibilities include teaching two courses per year in the program, recruiting faculty and staff, developing laboratories and teaching facilities; building collaborative relationships with external partners including regional companies and organizations to develop student internship and project opportunities; working closely with the Carthage President and Advancement offices to cultivate external support.  The new position will be responsible for recruiting students, managing for their success, and shepherding the program through ABET accreditation when enrollments have grown sufficiently.

A primary goal of engineering at Carthage is to achieve gender and racial equity in student recruiting and completion. Carthage College has made closing equity gaps an institutional priority and has joined the “Moon Shot for Equity” initiative that strives to remove systemic barriers to student success in higher education. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to this goal and shape the new engineering program in alignment with disciplinary best practices, the mission of the College, and the existing curricular strengths of the College. These strengths include a history of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, a strong physics program that is nationally recognized for its career placements, an active space technology development and demonstration program, and significant extramural departmental funding that supports undergraduate scholarships and research projects.

Tenure-track or multi-year contractual appointments will be considered for this full-time position to begin as early as July 2021. Rank and salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in engineering or related field
  • Administrative leadership experience
  • Evidence of innovation in engineering education and commitment to curriculum development
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship, teaching, and service sufficient for appointment with tenure or tenure-track
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in admission and hiring practices.
Desirable Qualifications
  • D. in engineering or related field and certification in an applicable area of engineering
  • Experience establishing internship programs and engaging with community and businesses
  • Familiarity with ABET accreditation standards
  • Academic administrative and leadership experience
  • Several years of teaching in a college/university environment.

The Carthage Physics & Astronomy Department is housed in a recently expanded and renovated science center that includes more than $1.5 million in instrument and equipment investments. The College offers small class sizes and opportunity to work closely with undergraduates in both the classroom and laboratory.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF file including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and the names and contact information of three professional references to [include Applicant Pro link].   Additional questions about this position can be directed to

Dr. Julie Dahlstrom

A review of applications will begin immediately, for best consideration applications should be received by May 17, 2021.


Institutional Information  

Founded in 1847, Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 155 full-time faculty, 2600 full-time students, and 900 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skill, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners, and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.