Taylor University is seeking applications and nominations of distinctive candidates for a faculty appointment to a tenure track position in the Department of Physics and Engineering beginning in August 2023, teaching primarily in the area of Mechanical Engineering. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Housed in Upland, Indiana since 1893, Taylor University is one of the oldest nondenominational, evangelical Christian universities in the country. Taylor University was first established in 1846 as Fort Wayne Female College by the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This long tradition of over 175 years illuminates the intentional, Christ-centered, campus community for which Taylor University is known. As a testament to God’s work, Taylor University holds multiple #1 Best Midwest College rankings by U.S. News & World Report; Taylor is also second among all Indiana schools and all nationally recognized Council for Christian Colleges and Universities schools for average incoming freshman SAT score.
The Department of Physics and Engineering (ENP) is primarily housed in the 127,000 square foot LEED Gold certified Euler Science Complex, opened in 2012. The department hosts a full machine shop with mills, lathes, a CNC mill, a welding area, etc., a rapid prototyping lab with three 3D printers and an LPKF printed circuit board machine, a drone room, and multiple research spaces. Under the direction of faculty and staff, ENP students participate in curricular and co-curricular research in areas including small satellites, 3D printing for Mars habitation, virtual reality, and international, missions-based water treatment.
The Department of Physics and Engineering faculty and support staff serve traditionally high achieving students in the following academic majors: Engineering (ABET accredited) with Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and General Engineering tracks, Computer Engineering (ABET accredited), Physics, and Physics Education. A minor in Physics is also offered. Taylor University and the ENP Department are committed to providing new and seasoned faculty with an environment to serve, integrate faith and learning, thrive, and succeed.
DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Candidates in all focus areas are considered, with preference given to those who compliment the expertise of the department and have multidisciplinary work experience. A successful candidate demonstrates excellence associated with an ability and desire to teach a variety of undergraduate mechanical engineering courses with associated laboratory sections, teach foundational core lab science courses in physics and engineering, and support departmental growth, particularly in the areas of mechanical engineering, SmallSat and CubeSat satellite initiatives, internationally collaborative engineering research and missions projects, and k-12 robotics course initiatives for current and aspiring teachers. Service to the community and the profession, scholarship, and undergraduate mentorship with advising is also expected. Previous experience integrating faith and learning is a plus.
A PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field is required.
Candidates with a MS in Mechanical Engineering and significant mechanical engineering work experience may be considered for a non-tenure track faculty position.
A personal commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord, a Christ-centered, vibrant faith, and commitment to the mission and educational philosophy of Taylor University are required. Candidates will be expected to affirm the Taylor University Life Together Covenant, Statement of Faith, and essential documents.
NCEES Professional Engineer (PE) licensure is favorable but not required.
Required application materials are as follows:
- Application Cover Lette
- Curriculum Vitae
- Faculty Employment Application and agreement with the foundational documents
- Personal Statement of Faith
- Statement of Teaching Philosophy (include your understanding of the task of a Christian liberal arts university)
- Statement on the Integration of Faith and Discipline
- Graduate and Undergraduate Transcripts (may initially be unofficial)
- Three reference letters will be required for an on-campus interview, one from an employer, one from an academic advisor or colleague, and one from a member of the clergy, but are not required for initial review.
Interested and eligible candidates should send a completed application to email@example.com. Before applying, please especially note the required personal commitment to Christ as Savior. The application is available at https://jobs.taylor.edu/docs/FacultyApplication.doc.
After relevant applications have been received, candidates will be asked to provide three reference letters: employer, academic, and clergy. Material should be addressed to Dr. Grace Ju Miller, Dean of Sciences, Education, and Social Sciences. All materials will remain confidential. The University and Department are keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and strongly encourage women and members of minority groups to apply. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Taylor University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment.