Northwood University seeks an industry thought leader for The
Subaru of New England Professor of Automotive Strategy. The
professor will teach, conduct research, and engage in industry
outreach to positively impact this rapidly-evolving, dynamic,
multi-billion-dollar industry. The successful candidate will help
ensure that Northwood University offers cutting-edge
Based in Midland, Michigan, the ideal candidate would have a
significant industry leadership experience and an earned graduated
degree in a field related to automotive marketing and management
from an accredited institution.
The Subaru of New England Professor of Automotive Strategy will
play a critical role in implementing Northwood’s vision to create
innovative learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate
students and enhance professional development in the automotive
- Collaborate with industry professionals and associations to
promote the Automotive Marketing and Management program and provide
opportunities for student internships and employment.
- Shape and lead the academic content and quality of the
Automotive Marketing and Management program at Northwood
- Teach three Automotive and Mobility courses in each of the fall
and spring semester. This includes release time of 3 credit hours
per semester to have a demonstrable positive impact on their
research and scholarly productivity.
- Work collaboratively with Academics, Admissions, and
Advancement to promote and grow Northwood University’s Automotive
Marketing and Management programs through student recruitment and
retention, along with alumni and industry support.
- Supervise student internships and facilitate experiential
learning opportunities, such as student participation in industry
conferences, site visits, and study abroad experiences.
- Mentor students to become successful industry
- Provide industry thought leadership in a variety of ways, such
as: speaking engagements, convening symposiums, podcasts, blogs,
publishing in industry-related journals and websites, and
publishing industry research.
- Write thought leadership publications either in scholarly
journals or popular press.
- Provide inputs into creating cutting-edge curricula in
- Advance student research to empower learners to develop skills
and an understanding of Automotive Studies to apply that knowledge
to practical issues in the automotive industry.
- Mentor other faculty on how to provide thought leadership
across the university.
- Maintain and grow relationships with the automotive industry
through professional associations and networking.
- An earned graduate degree in a field related to automotive
marketing and management from an accredited institution, doctorate
preferred. Exceptional candidates without master’s degrees may be
- History of industry thought leadership demonstrated by speaking
engagements and publications.
- Ten or more years of experience directly related to the
- Experience with training and/or teaching. (Experience teaching
undergraduate and/or graduate courses preferred).
- Well-developed oral and written communication skills in a
variety of delivery formats.
Northwood University has an institutional philosophy which
emphasizes free enterprise in a context of limited government and
individual responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a strong
attraction to the mission and core values of Northwood University.
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the
University’s outcomes at www.northwood.edu/aboutus/
- Uphold and promote the Northwood mission, core values, outcomes
and ethics, and The Northwood Idea.
- Be aware of and follow all University policies and procedures
and serve as sound financial stewards.
- Meet with individual faculty each semester and review
performance and goals.
- Develop mentoring and evaluation programs for adjunct
- Provide timely information and reports to the academic deans on
program/department activities, issues, and needs.
- Coordinate activities with other operating units as
- Keep current with industry expectations and regularly review
curriculum and course content to ensure that they are reflected
- Notify the associate academic dean of departmental issues
related to faculty and students.
- Work harmoniously with the other members of the Department and
bring to the associate academic dean and academic dean’s attention
any issues which may interfere or impair student learning.
- Focus on methods to keep students engaged in the program.