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Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Gonzaga University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 27, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Engineering
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2022. Expertise is sought in mechanics with applications in biomedical and/or biomechanical engineering. The successful candidate will join a department within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) that offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering and that is committed to a rigorous curriculum, excellent facilities, small classes, attentive advising, and close and congenial contact with students.

The successful candidate will be participating in department initiatives to develop a biomedical engineering emphasis within the mechanical engineering program. This could leverage the University of Washington School of Medicine - Gonzaga University Health Partnership medical school program which is located on the Gonzaga campus (for additional information, see Their responsibilities would include teaching, professional development, advising, and academic citizenship and service.  Promotion and tenure are based on demonstrated and continued excellence in these four evaluation categories.

Faculty are expected to engage in the continuous pursuit of a scholarly research agenda within their technical field that leads to externally peer-reviewed work.  As stated in the School’s policy for faculty evaluations: “Continuous professional development throughout one’s academic career is required to maintain a faculty the forefront of their field in order to be a relevant participant in their profession and effective in the classroom.”  Thus, the department seeks applicants who have the mindset of a teacher-scholar and who are committed to pursuing scholarly works throughout their careers.

Essential Functions:

  • Teaching undergraduate courses with a normal load equivalent to three, three credit lecture courses per semester. These may include a mixture of lecture courses, laboratory sections, and/or senior design projects. Teaching courses in mechanics such as dynamics and machine design, as well as technical electives in biomedical and/or biomechanical engineering.
  • Conduct research in their technical area of expertise, collaborating as needed with colleagues in other areas of engineering, in the sciences, in mathematics, and in the University of Washington or other schools of medicine.
  • Advise undergraduate students in their course selection and in their career path choices.
  • Work on department, school, and university committees.

Minimum qualifications include:  

  • D. in mechanical engineering or a closely related technical field such as, among others, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, etc., with at least one degree in Mechanical Engineering; ABD considered, with expectation that the candidate will have degree in hand by July 15, 2022.
  • Evidence of expertise in mechanics with applications in biomedical and/or biomechanical engineering.
  • Evidence of an ongoing and successful research program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, especially at the undergraduate level, and to continuous pedagogical improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to occasionally teach courses across the curriculum that are outside their immediate area of expertise, and to participate in laboratory development.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English in both oral and written forms.
  • Demonstrated commitment to careful and formal advising of students, willingness and ability to advise student chapters of professional societies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to involvement in shared governance roles which contribute to the overall well-being of the institution, the school, and the department.

Desired qualifications include:  

  • E. license.
  • 1 year relevant teaching experience in mechanical engineering or other closely related field.
  • 1 year engineering experience in industry or government.
  • Evidence of creating inclusive learning environments that address the needs of diverse learners, including students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented or marginalized in STEM.

To apply, please visit our website at Applicants are required to complete an online application and submit (1) a cover letter, which should include details of employment objectives and a brief statement of how the applicant's work can contribute to the mission of the University, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement, which should include a description of how the applicant plans to engage undergraduate students in research, (4) a teaching philosophy statement that includes information about how the applicant creates inclusive learning environments, and (5) names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be requested when semi-finalist are selected).

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Max Capobianchi, The position closes 3/14/2022, at midnight, U.S. PST. For assistance with your online application, please call 509-313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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