Instructor or Assistant Professor (Term faculty)

Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 14, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks term instructors or Assistant Professors that may be part- or full-time to teach during the 2021-2022 academic year (8/23/21-5/22/22).  This is not a tenure-track appointment.  It is a limited appointment for up to one year, with possible extension as needed by the department.  Job duties and responsibilities include teaching courses in one or more of the following areas: industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, human factors/ergonomics, system safety and/or environmental health & safety, possibly online or via interactive television.

Required Qualifications:  Required academic qualifications to be eligible for hire at the Instructor level is a Master’s degree in engineering, technical or business field from a regionally accredited university; and training or teaching experience in a corporate or academic setting (examples include, but are not limited to, teaching assistant, guest lecturer, workshop/seminar presenter, and corporate trainer). Required academic qualifications to be eligible for hire at the Assistant Professor level is an earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering (or closely related field), and/or environmental health & safety; and training or teaching experience in a corporate or academic setting (examples include, but are not limited to, teaching assistant, guest lecturer, workshop/seminar presenter, and corporate trainer).  Selected candidates must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota Duluth by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications (at either rank):  an earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and/or environmental health &  safety; industrial experience in an engineering field; experience teaching engineering courses at the college/university level, including labs; ability to support the University's commitment to equity and diversity; ability to contribute to multiple degree programs; demonstrated ability to teach courses from some of the following areas:  Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, System Dynamics, Control Systems, Environmental Health & Safety, Kinematics & Mechatronics, Robotics, Finite Element Analysis, CAD/CAM, Systems Integration, Facilities Planning and Simulation, Lean Production Management, Operations Research, Machine Design, and Senior Design; licensed professional engineer; and excellent verbal communication skills.

About the Department

The MIE Department is part of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at UMD and is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC-ABET) and offers Bachelor of Science degrees in both Industrial Engineering (BSIE) and Mechanical Engineering (BSME).  The department also offers graduate degrees in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and the Master of Environmental Health and Safety (MEHS).  Our students are talented and engaged, both inside and outside of the classroom, and have an impressive track record in regional and national design competitions such as the United States Air Force Research Laboratories design challenge, the SAE Clean Snowmobile challenge, and high-powered rocketry competitions (e.g., the 2019 Spaceport America Cup).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To apply, go to and search for job ID 341829.  First, submit the application with cover letter and CV/resume in PDF format.  Then, return to the “My Job Applications” page to attach the additional documents, also in pdf format.  Complete applications include the online application, cover letter, and resume/CV, plus additional attachments as follows:  (1) teaching philosophy statement and (2) list of current contact information from 3 references.  Even if you provide this information within the application, you must also attach the requested additional document.  Please do not miss this important step in the application process.  Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed.

Review of applications may start as early as July 27, 2021 and continue until filled.


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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges" issue.  UMD is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system.  The Duluth Campus is affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine, and is home to the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Advanced Materials Center.  Duluth is also the site of a major US EPA Research Laboratory.  UMD is considered a "mid-sized Masters intensive" regional comprehensive public university.


Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.


UMD is a regional comprehensive land and sea-grant state university, one of five coordinate campus within the State of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students.  SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff.  The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


A dynamic city on a hill situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine’s Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior -- the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings.


Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at


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