Assistant Professor - 15643BR
Applications are sought from candidates with earned doctorates in Aerospace Engineering or closely related fields by the time of appointment. Candidates should demonstrate a sustained commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarly research, local and international service, departmental and student advising. The successful candidate will be results-oriented, have a record of superior scholarship, have a promising vision for externally funded research, have experience in externally funded research commensurate with the rank of appointment, develop or maintain an externally funded research program, and teach high quality courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our department values diversity in pedagogy, in the curriculum, in outreach to students, and in research.
The University of Kansas School of Engineering has embarked on a strategic plan that leads to significant expansion while taking explicit care to maintain and improve the high-quality student programs for which the university is known. This “Building on Excellence Initiative” is a multi-faceted approach that drives growth in facilities, faculty, leadership, research and, most important, students, as it helps industry partners find the new talent, designs and techniques they need to fuel economic growth and business success. Our undergraduate student body has grown by 100% and our PhD student body has grown by 45% in the last six years. Special consideration will be given to applicants committed to excellence, who can contribute to the University's innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world. The University of Kansas School of Engineering (SOE) and the Department of Aerospace Engineering strongly value Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. KU SOE is one of only 29 universities to achieve the exemplar, inaugural ASEE Diversity Recognition Bronze Award https://diversityrecognition.asee.org/award-recipients/. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
40% Teaching - Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Aerospace Engineering and associated disciplines. Participate in undergraduate and graduate student academic advising. Mentor graduate students in research and serve as the major advisor and chair of master’s and doctoral level thesis committees.
40% Scholarship - Develop and direct a significant and sustainable research program that includes directing students, establishing a strong externally-funded research program, and disseminating findings through peer- reviewed manuscripts and/or issued patents. Collaborate with faculty and professional staff on KU campuses. Research productivity at KU is evaluated with respect to publications in respected academic journals as well as success in acquiring external research grants, and financially supporting and mentoring master’s and doctoral students.
20% Service - Perform University, School, Departmental and professional service activities and serve on committees normally expected of university faculty commensurate with rank. Serve on professional society technical committees as appropriate. Foster a positive relationship with industry and the community. Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
- Earned doctorate in aerospace engineering or a closely-related field by the start date of appointment.
- Demonstrated expertise in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field, with a demonstrated record of scholarship as evidenced by a rank-appropriate publication record in reputable refereed journals, books and/or patents.
- A well-defined and promising vision for an externally-funded research program
Additional Candidate Instructions
The target starting date is August 20, 2020. Applications must be submitted at https://employment.ku.edu/academic/15643BR.
Complete applications will include:
- Cover letter
- Complete curriculum vita
- A vision statement for research interests and plans
- A statement of teaching philosophy and plans including efforts to diversify the field of engineering
- The contact information for three professional references
- Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and/or course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
- In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.