Director, Sardella Engineering Design Center and Associate (or Full) Teaching Professor

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2022

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The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a visionary and innovative faculty member with excellent interpersonal and communication skills to serve as the inaugural Director of the Sardella Engineering Design Center. This is a career appointment with both administrative and teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate will be appointed as the Director of the Center and at the Associate Teaching Professor or Teaching Professor rank depending upon thei r prior experience. Johns Hopkins University has a well-established non-tenure track career path for full-time teaching faculty culminating in the rank of Teaching Professor. Applicants with backgrounds in academia or industry are welcome to apply.

The Whiting School of Engineering is embarking on the building of the new Sardella Engineering Design Center. The Director will work with our faculty to guide how the new Center will support and expand our design offerings. This work will engage outside entities such as industry and community-based project partners to sustain program activity and growth. The Director will bring departments together to facilitate common initiatives to develop new educational opportunities. The Director will report to the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education and work closely with our academic departments as well as allied units that support students in translational and hands-on engineering work such as Fast Forward U, WSE Manufacturing, and the Center for Social Concern.

The inaugural Director will participate in the design phase of the Center. The Director will lead the Center on an ongoing basis, coordinating the educational activities it supports. The Director will develop programming to enhance students’ co-curricular opportunities and promote innovative teaching. Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary engineering design, project-based learning, inclusive pedagogy, and interfacing between industry and university stakeholders is required. This faculty member will be appointed in the department(s) and/or center(s) most closely aligned with their background and will teach in these academic programs. Teaching faculty members are also encouraged to engage in departmental and university service and may have student mentoring responsibilities. Applicants for the position must have an advanced degree in an engineering discipline, computer science, or a closely related field, demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching and mentoring, and excellent communication skills.

The Whiting School of Engineering, located on the beautiful Homewood campus in north Baltimore, Maryland, prepares undergraduates to be 21st century leaders by providing an outstanding engineering education and enabling them to participate fully in the research and translational activities of the school.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Johns Hopkins University is committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students and actively encourages applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Develop, implement, and maintain a staffing and operations plan for the SEDC.
  2. Develop and manage the budget of the SEDC.
  3. Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the Center, with specific attention to safety protocol.
  4. Guide the implementation of co-curricular offerings that enhance the engineering design knowledge and skills of our students and build their mentor networks.
  5. Contribute to the teaching mission of their home Department or Center offerings.
  6. Contribute to educational innovation in engineering design teaching across the School.
  7. Ensure the establishment and maintenance of a climate which promotes diversity and inclusivity in all programs and practices.
  8. Develop partnerships and support fundraising efforts that enhance the offerings and capabilities of the SEDC along with the WSE academic departments and centers and JHU Development and Alumni Relations.
  9. Establish policies and procedures related to contacting and contracting with sponsors.
  10. Develop industry contacts and partnerships for design projects and assist in contracting.
  11. Coordinate with Fast Forward U, and WSE Manufacturing on commercialization and translation efforts.
  12. Provide leadership of school-wide design events in partnership with the WSE academic departments and centers.

Minimum qualifications UPDATED FEBRUARY 2023
  • Advanced degree in an engineering discipline, computer science, or a closely related field required. Candidates with 5 or more years of applicable experience preferred.
  • Experience with both design program development and facility/laboratory management, preferably in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Strong multicultural competency; demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, staff development, and program assessment
Application Instructions

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a design education statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, and three reference contacts. All application material should be submitted online via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

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