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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor; Applied Manufacturing Engineering

University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Posted Date
Aug 28, 2023

Job Details

The University of North Alabama’s department of Engineering and Industrial Professions (  invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level, specializing in Manufacturing Engineering. This position will have teaching responsibilities that involve instruction at both UNA’s main campus located in Florence, AL, and at the Guizhou University-University of North Alabama International College of Engineering and Technology located in Guiyang, China. The standard teaching load for this position is 12 credit hours per semester, with all instruction being provided in English. This position will begin in Spring 2024. Initial review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of North Alabama is located in the vibrant Florence/Muscle Shoals region, which offers a moderate climate, numerous cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life. The department is housed in the 162,000-square-foot Mitchell M. Burford Science and Technology Building, with state-of-the-art office, classroom, and laboratory facilities.

The successful candidate will be expected to: Teach program-related coursework in applied manufacturing engineering related, but not limited to: engineering analysis and simulation, manufacturing systems design and economics, quality management and Six Sigma, advanced engineering principles, preventative maintenance/reliability engineering; Develop curricula related, but not limited to: applied manufacturing engineering; Advise and mentor students; Participate in scholarly activity; Participate in service to the University, college, department, and profession; support the department’s current accreditation process; and perform all other duties as assigned.  Individuals appointed at the tenure-track, assistant professor level are also expected to engage in scholarship and research as is appropriate to the application and receipt of tenure and promotion at UNA.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • A Ph.D. in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, or a relevant engineering field is required; Industry experience in manufacturing engineering is preferred; Teaching experience at the college/university level is preferred; Written and spoken fluency in English is required; Fluency in Mandarin/Southwest Mandarin is desired; Certifications relevant to Manufacturing Engineering (CMfgE, Six Sigma, PE, etc.) are preferred but not required.

Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities include: Demonstrated experience and skills working with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff; demonstrated ethical and professional behavior; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability and/or desire to teach and/or learn to teach a varied and evolving curriculum and the ability to demonstrate written and spoken fluency in English (fluency in Mandarin/Southwest Mandarin is desired, but not required.)

To apply for this position, please visit our Online Employment System at  Applications will only be accepted via this system.  Please be prepared to upload a cover letter and resume at the time of application, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional/academic references.  Please indicate in the cover letter, in tabular form, experiences relative to the minimum and desired qualifications listed above.  In addition, this level of position requires the submission of a one-page diversity statement.  Details regarding the diversity statement may be found here. Transcripts for the highest degree attained are required for a complete application packet. Official transcripts for the highest degree attained are required of the successful candidate, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. If any of your graduate hours in the relevant teaching discipline are taken from a degree(s) that is not your highest attained, an official transcript of that degree(s) must also be submitted. Electronic copies, if available, of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of unofficial/official transcripts may also be requested to be sent to Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school via email to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of “Issued to Student”, or with the student name listed as the recipient will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate prior to the start date of the appointment, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. 
The diversity statement and transcripts must be uploaded in the application section as SUPPLEMENTAL ATTACHMENTS. The supplemental attachment link will only appear after the required attachments have been uploaded.  If you have previously worked at UNA as an adjunct and your transcripts are already on file, please email and ask that they be moved to your completed application for this position.  Applications submitted without supplemental attachments will be considered incomplete. For questions, please email or call 256-765-4291 and select option #2. Selecting an option other than #2 will result in a delayed response.
UNA is an equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed. UNA is a smoke-free campus.
We welcome applicants who are committed to working at a university that values diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students.


UNA is a regional, doctoral-level, state-assisted institution of higher education located in Florence, Alabama.  UNA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  UNA was named one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For in 2022 and 2022" by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation's premier publication for professionals in the academic world.  With an enrollment of over 10,000 students, UNA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four academic colleges: arts, sciences, and engineering; business and technology; education and human sciences; and nursing and health professions.  UNA is one of the most picturesque college campuses in Alabama, occupying a 140-acre pedestrian-friendly campus in Florence's historic district.  Florence is located within a four-city area on the banks of the Tennessee River known collectively as the "Shoals", which is steeped in arts, culture, and entertainment - and is home to the famous Muscle Shoals sound.  The University’s Athletics programs are Division I and compete within the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). The University’s diverse faculty and staff enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package and are supported in their professional and career endeavors through encouraged participation in conferences, research opportunities, and various other types of professional development.

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