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Assistant /Associate Professor - School of Engineering Mechanical (Padnos College of Engineering and Computing)

Apply now Job no: 493229
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Summary: The School of Engineering within Grand Valley State University’s Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. A highly motivated candidate is sought to teach in the general areas of mechanics and machine design in addition to other areas that include but are not limited to controls and robotics. The ideal candidate will be expected to teach some lower division courses as well. The start date for this position is fall 2020.

This position will support the continued growth of GVSU’s Mechanical Engineering Program, which has doubled in size in the last several years. The Mechanical Engineering Program offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree as well as a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree. The BSE program includes mandatory co-op education experiences and an extensive experiential learning component. The MSE program emphasizes professional practice as well as applied research. Partly sponsored by the local industry, these programs yield job-ready as well as graduate school-ready engineering graduates in support of the diversified regional industries.

This position involves teaching in our undergraduate and graduate engineering programs, professional service, and scholarly activity. The successful applicant will support the BSE and MSE programs in Mechanical Engineering primarily through teaching, curriculum as well as course development, and scholarly activities including professional development. The applicant will support our co-op-education and project-based teaching process as well as industrial collaborations.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. Of particular interest is teaching and industrial experience as well as experience related to establishing and running industrial grade projects. Candidates should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be committed to the highest quality of laboratory and project-based teaching along with scholarly activity and professional development.

Preferred Qualifications: Professional licensure, the ability to teach broadly in one’s field, and an interest in general curriculum development are desirable. An ability to participate in and capitalize upon existing collaborations with our West Michigan industrial partners and a history of external funding are highly valued.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Department/Division: Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, School of Engineering

Campus: Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 301 Fulton Street W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a letter of interest or nomination, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and at least three references.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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