Teaching Assistant Professor - Engineering, Design, & Society

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022

Position Title
Teaching Assistant Professor - Engineering, Design, & Society
The Opportunity

The Engineering, Design, and Society (EDS) Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a teaching assistant professor position to support our signature Design Engineering undergraduate degree program and other department offerings, including first-year Cornerstone Design, senior-year Capstone Design, Humanitarian Engineering, and courses in the areas of design, making, innovation, and entrepreneurship in support of our new 35,000 sq. ft. Labriola Innovation Hub.

We seek candidates with demonstrated expertise at the intersection of engineering, design, and the human/environmental dimensions of design. Example domains of expertise include product design, systems design, sustainability design, or similar areas. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in a relevant field or a master’s degree plus 5 years of closely related creative professional experience as well as an engineering credential at any level.

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to effectively engage students and faculty from diverse disciplines and be prepared to contribute to an intellectually and demographically diverse department. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and participate in the development of our interdisciplinary design program, including courses in design engineering, and to contribute service through student advising, campus outreach, and community-building, and academic program administration within EDS and across campus. While this position focuses on teaching and program delivery, many EDS teaching faculty also participate in research activities in support of their instructional and program responsibilities.

Candidates should be excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Teach and collaborate in the development and administration of courses in our interdisciplinary Design Engineering program.
  • Teach and participate in the development of courses and other offerings in support of our new Labriola Innovation Hub.
  • Teach and participate in the administration of courses in our Cornerstone Design, Capstone Design, Humanitarian Engineering, or Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation programs.
  • Contribute service through student advising, outreach, and community-building and academic program administration within EDS and across campus.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in a relevant field or a master’s degree plus 5 years of related creative technical professional experience.
  • An engineering credential at any level.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior professional experience directly related to design engineering.
  • Prior research experience at the intersection of engineering, design, and society.
  • Demonstrated innovation in the classroom
Department Description

The EDS Department is a deeply interdisciplinary department committed to creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of design engineers and leaders. EDS faculty have educational backgrounds and professional experience spanning engineering, design, and social sciences. EDS academic offerings reach students across the Mines campus, and our department is respected for its innovative educational programs, strong workplace culture, and faculty excellence in teaching and research.

EDS has a diverse mix of faculty, including 11 teaching faculty and 6 tenure-track faculty (at all ranks) and a large team of adjuncts supporting our Cornerstone and Capstone programs. We have 5 full-time staff supporting the department and our extensive offerings. EDS faculty are campus research and educational leaders, with 7 program directors spanning our academic programs and extending to include the campus-wide Honors program and the McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. EDS faculty lead in the planning of academic program delivery for the Labriola Innovation Hub.

EDS plays a prominent role in the Mines@150 strategic plan, with a particular focus on signature student experiences and educational programs aligned with Mines’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem. EDS has grown steadily since its founding in 2017 and looks forward to continued growth and institutional investment, with new classrooms in 2021, new offices in 2022, and the Labriola Innovation Hub in 2023.

About Mines & Golden

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its graduates, the success of its alumni, and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers who are known for their work ethic, problem-solving capabilities and ability to work in teams. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times.

Mines’ core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of these values facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission. By our example and encouragement, we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information, please visit https://www.mines.edu/president/planning/ .

The University has several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( https://trefnycenter.mines.edu/ ). Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( https://innovation.mines.edu/ ). The Mines community has developed a strategic plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access that supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility ( https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/ ).

Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. We are well known for the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and a prominent and growing network of collaborating agencies/laboratories (e.g., US Army Corps of Engineers Risk Management Center, National Renewable Energy Lab, Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Office, US Bureau of Reclamation, and associated industries that support and serve construction engineering).

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

Mines is offering an academic year salary of $78,000 - $86,212

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits .
How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, with priority given to those submitted by January 2, 2023. The desired start date is August 2023.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, and veteran status) and upload the following:

(1) a cover letter describing interest in the position and desired rank,

(2) a statement of teaching philosophy,

(3) a curriculum vitae, and

(4) a statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high-quality, hands-on, and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education.

Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Candidates should submit a statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (for more information visit https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/ .

For questions about this opportunity, contact Dorie Chen in Human Resources at dchen1@mines.edu .

Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Nov 10, 2022 Mountain Standard Time
Applications close:

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