Professor of Practice

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for Professor of Practice effective August 2021. The successful candidate will have a primary commitment to our instructional mission, including both undergraduate and graduate courses, curricular and program development, and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive teaching. Professors of practice are full members of the faculty who are encouraged to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, participate in department and professional service. The candidate will be responsible for teaching courses related to design of air, space, and ocean vehicles. This includes capstone courses such as Air Vehicle Design, as well as electives in Configuration Aerodynamics, Applied Computational Aerodynamics and Principles of Project Design & Management.
The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering ( includes 42 faculty members overseeing more than $12M in annual research expenditures, with approximately 250 full-time graduate students and 700 undergraduate students. The Aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 15th and 13th, respectively, in the nation (2021 U.S. News and World Report). Our online master’s program in Aerospace engineering is ranked #1 (2020 Guide to Online Schools) and The Center for World University Rankings (2017) ranks the Aerospace engineering program at #5. Additionally, with its highly regarded teaching and research programs in Ocean Engineering, the Kevin T. Crofton Department provides a unique environment for collaboration beyond the traditional boundaries of aerospace engineering.
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.
Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C. area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and are also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The Aerospace and Ocean Engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (, the Hume Center for National Security and Technology (, and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, or Space@VT (; College-level centers include the Advanced Propulsion and Power Lab, the Center for Renewable Energy and Aerodynamic Technology, the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence, and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center.
Application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will commence on May 25, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Cory Thompson at
The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures.

Required Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field; Experience in higher education instructional activities.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated interest in curriculum development and innovation, particularly project-based learning and experiential learning opportunities. An interest in engaging with outside employers in the development and execution of curricular experiences. Contributions to improving the diversity of the discipline, and experience in working effectively with a diverse student population

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The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cory Thompson at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: April 29, 2021
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