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Full-Time Mechanical, Electrical or Robotics Engineering Faculty

Messiah University
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg
Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Date posted
Jan 3, 2024

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The Department of Engineering in the School of Science, Engineering and Health at Messiah University invites applications for a faculty position in Mechanical, Electrical or Robotics Engineering beginning August 1, 2024.

Responsibilities: The position includes teaching introductory to advanced undergraduate engineering classes in Mechanical, Electrical, and/or Robotics engineering, as well as foundational Engineering courses. The department has a specific need for support in teaching subject areas such as Industrial Automation and Control Systems.  In addition to these traditional teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to pursue scholarship in collaboration with undergraduate students on projects consistent with the mission of the Collaboratory at Messiah University ( This scholarship involves working with students to pursue applied research and engineering design with an emphasis on supporting internationally diverse under-served communities, typically in a missions context.

Qualifications: Successful candidates for hire into an Assistant Professor Term-Tenure position, depending on qualifications and experience, are expected to have a PhD in Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics, or Robotics Engineering, or related field. A Master’s degree with suitable experience would qualify candidates for a Lecturer appointment. Candidates must evidence the potential for strong classroom teaching and a commitment to pursuing their ongoing scholarship in partnership with students within the Collaboratory at Messiah University.

The Program: Messiah University’s Engineering Department offers ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.  Furthermore, an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with concentrations in Biomedical, Computer, Environmental, and General Engineering is available to students. In 2023 the University launched a discipline-specific degree in Robotics Engineering; first graduates are anticipated in May 2025 with initial accreditation evaluation to follow.

The Department: Our eleven faculty and three full time technicians are highly qualified in their fields, with 90+% of the full-time faculty holding a PhD in engineering, from Penn State, Texas A&M, U-Illinois, U-Kansas, U-Michigan, U-Oklahoma, U-Virginia, U-Washington, and Vanderbilt. More than 230 students work with faculty, staff, and industry volunteers on projects related to clean water access, alternative energy, technical resources for people living with disability, transportation, communications and biomedical instruments and processes supporting partnering organizations in missions and humanitarian service around the world.

The University: Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences and has a student body of nearly 2,500 undergraduate students including 18.5% under-represented and 2.6% international students from 22 countries and over 700 graduate students including 18.8% of students from under-represented populations.

The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. Messiah University is a teaching institution that emphasizes instruction but values research and public service. Strong support is given to faculty development in teaching and scholarship.

Diversity: Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity.

Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their teaching-learning, research, institutional service, and public engagement.

Compensation: Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications/Nominations: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please provide a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as a letter of interest that clearly explains how your Christian faith represents a strong fit with the mission of Messiah University, which is “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society."

Curriculum Vitae must include: (1) education, (2) previous employment history, (3) scholarly and professional accomplishments (e.g., papers, publications), (4) membership in scholarly, professional, or honor societies, and (5) awards and honors received.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Brian Swartz, Engineering Department Chair. For more information regarding application materials and to apply, please see:

Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University. This includes, but is not limited to, vendors, contractors, and guests on the basis of, but not limited to, any of the above categories.



Messiah University

Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university with a student body of 3,374 undergraduate and graduate students. Our scenic 471-acre suburban campus is located in central Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. The University was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the University’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions.

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