Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Develop and teach undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering.
Teaching faculty are expected to meet all class sessions consistent
with the responsible conduct of their assigned class. Teaching
faculty develop and update syllabi, study guides, instructor’s
guides, test questions, tests, and web-based material, and assist
in the development and implementation of technology and
student-centered pedagogies. They hold regular office hours for
students involved in classes taught, supervise Graduate Teaching
Assistants (GTAs) and Undergraduate that may assist in their
classes, and adhere to department, School, and university policies
and procedures. Effective teaching is monitored by student
evaluations, peer reviews, and alumni responses and surveys.
Participate in undergraduate student academic advising.
Perform service for the Department, School, University, and
professional societies. Participate in ABET accreditation
activities within the department including but not limited to
development of assessment methods for student projects and learning
outcomes. All teaching faculty members are expected to advise and
mentor undergraduate students.
Work with Aerospace Engineering faculty members to develop
proposals for curriculum development and/or engineering pedagogy,
and assist in curriculum and course transformation, and program
assessment. This includes partnering with faculty members to teach
and implement creative and effective mechanisms for improving
student learning, engagement, and retention, especially in large
introductory courses. Author or co-author journal articles and
papers in conference proceedings on topics relating to engineering
education, or relating to student outcomes in course
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)
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Contact Information to Applicants
For Assistant Professor-of-the-Practice:
- M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related
- At least five years of industrial experience in the United
States, or in foreign offices of US-based companies, after the B.S.
degree; OR at least three years of engineering teaching
- At least three years of experience with MATLAB/Simulink, Python
or C/C++ programming.
- At least three years of experience with NX, CATIA or similar 3D
solid, parametric CAD.
- At least one year of experience with LabVIEW or typical
experimental test and instrumentation hardware and software.
- A commitment to student success, diversity, equity, inclusion
and belonging to inspire and retain our students, as evidenced by a
statement of teaching.
- Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of
growing responsibility in industry, or by successful prior
experience in teaching.
- Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the
application materials and during the interview process.
For Associate Professor-of-the Practice, all of the above and the
- Total of fifteen years of professional experience past the B.S.
degree, or seven years of engineering teaching experience.
Advertised Salary Range
Minimum $72,000; Commensurate with experience
- Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related
- Recent experience in teaching engineering courses in higher
The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas
invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant/Associate
Professor-of-the-Practice. Exceptionally well qualified candidates
could be considered at other ranks. All Teaching Professor
positions, regardless of rank, are non-tenured positions appointed
for a three-year limited term period.
The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching
undergraduate courses including but not limited to computing
(MATLAB, and potentially Python or C++), CAD (NX, and potentially
CATIA), and instrumentation (LabVIEW, electronic components,
experimental methods, etc.). The successful candidate will also
teach our cornerstone introductory course, which is currently a
systems-oriented design-build-fly experience. Each of these courses
requires a commitment to student success, diversity, equity,
inclusion and belonging, to inspire and retain our students. Future
teaching assignments may also include introductory aeronautics or
astronautics, depending on department needs and individual
The term of appointment will be three years with renewable
appointment possible. Each year, the term of appointment will be 9
months at 100% FTE, with up to three months of summer support
possible from grant support, additional summer courses, or targeted
investments for growth initiatives, such as distance learning. The
appointment is contingent upon funding.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering currently has 12
tenured/tenure-track faculty members, approximately 350
undergraduate and 45 graduate students, with programs leading to
bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. KU is a comprehensive
educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates
through a diverse, multi-campus system, with approximately 29,000
students and 2,800 faculty members. Opened in 1866, KU’s main
campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation,
occupying 1000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of
96,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested
hills of eastern Kansas.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and
provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the
university actively encourages applications from members of
underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be
an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and
advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed
around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and
ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders,
build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the
world. Additional information is available at
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date
Additional Candidate Instruction
Only complete application packages submitted online will be
considered. A complete online application will include:
- Cover Letter
- Names and contact information for three professional
- A statement of teaching philosophy
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's
contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important
part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the
following question at the time of application. The response must be
within 4,000 characters or less:
Application review begins October 1, 2021 and will continue
until a pool of qualified applicants is received.
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse
backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your
commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.