ENGR 160 Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching or Professor of Practice

  • Iowa State University
  • Ames, IA, USA
  • May 18, 2021
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Job Description


ENGR 160 Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching or Professor of Practice

Appointment Type:

Job Description:

The College of Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) in collaboration with the Departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE); Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE); and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), seeks candidates for three full-time term faculty positions at the ranks of Assistant, Associate, or Full Teaching Professor, or Professor of Practice. The primary responsibility for these positions is to teach ISU’s core engineering problem solving/programming course for undeclared engineering majors (ENGR 160, Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving and Computer Applications). Secondary responsibilities for each position are to teach engineering courses that support one of the above department’s undergraduate programs.

The successful candidate is an enthusiastic, inspiring, and patient educator who is able to appropriately combine traditional and innovative pedagogical approaches, such as online, project-based, active, and asynchronous learning, to meet the college-approved course learning objectives for ENGR 160.  Candidates should foster excitement for the engineering profession and have the broad view needed to teach students who may decide to enter any of ISU’s engineering degree programs. An ability to teach and mentor a broad range of students as they adjust to the expectations of an engineering degree program, are critical to successful candidates. Candidates who qualify for higher faculty rank will be given the charge to coordinate the ENGR 160 instructional team. The position is a unique opportunity to have a College-wide educational impact and inspire the next generation of engineers.

Candidates should have strong teaching skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be able to work collaboratively on teams, and have experience that aligns with the curriculum of at least one of the three host departments listed above. Furthermore, candidates should share our commitment to enhancing excellence through diversity and inclusion, and exhibit the potential for long-term leadership in supporting the mission of the host department, College, and University. 

This 9-month position is for a 3-year term with the potential for renewal.  There may be opportunities for the candidate to supplement the 9-month salary with additional teaching in the summer semester or with research funding.  Term Faculty hold limited-term, full, or part-time renewable appointments that are not eligible for tenure, but have the potential to be reviewed for advancement into senior ranks.


Department/Program & College Description:
The Iowa State University College of Engineering is dedicated to educating future engineering leaders; conducting research to address our greatest challenges; using technology to make a difference; celebrating diversity of thought and culture; and creating solutions to make Iowa and the world a better place. The engineering program offers 14 undergraduate majors, several minors and multiple options for graduate students. The college has an enrollment of over eight-thousand students (fall 2020) –making it the largest college at Iowa State. More than 500 faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching, research and student achievement. Internships, learning communities, study abroad programs, hands-on experience, 90+ engineering organizations and a collaborative environment help shape student success – and our graduates are in high demand with an average of 95 percent placement rate six months after graduation.

Department Unit/Website:
For more information about our college’s engineering programs, see engineering.iastate.edu.

Proposed Start Date:
August 16, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
May 15, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:
09 Month Work Period

Time Type:
Full time

Pay Grade:
00 (Faculty)


Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Minimum Qualifications:
To qualify for the Assistant Teaching Professor rank: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Doctoral degree in engineering or related discipline

To qualify for the Associate Teaching Professor rank: 

  • Record of teaching experience. AND one of the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Master’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 8 years of relevant work experience.
  • Doctoral degree in engineering or related discipline and 5 years of relevant work experience

To qualify for the Full Teaching Professor rank:

  • Record of teaching experience AND one of the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 15 years of relevant work experience.
  • Master’s degree in engineering or related discipline and 13 years of relevant work experience.
  • Doctoral degree in engineering or related discipline and 10 years of relevant work experience.

To qualify for the Professor of Practice level: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related discipline, AND:
  • Evidence of impactful career in professional practice outside of traditional academic roles, as defined by departmental criteria, that qualifies them to provide faculty and students with an understanding of the contemporary practice in a particular field of study.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience in ABET-accredited engineering programs that exceeds the minimum requirements
  • Experience using programming to address engineering-relevant problems
  • Experience working on a skilled collaborative team to meet a common goal
  • Teaching and/or industrial experience that aligns with the curriculum of one or more of the three host departments (ABE, CCEE, ECpE)
  • Experience with problem-based and/or engineering design instruction
  • A demonstrated focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in previous roles
  • Relevant industrial experience that exceeds minimum requirements
  • Availability to start teaching in the Fall 2021 semester

Application Details

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications starting on June 1, 2021 and interviews anticipated during the month of June. For application instructions see jobs.iastate.edu.

Apply online https://isu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/IowaStateJobs/job/Ames-IA/ENGR-160-Assistant-Associate-Full-Teaching-or-Professor-of-Practice_R4961-2

The following documents are required to be submitted in PDF format:

1) Letter of Application/Cover letter, succinctly addressing the following topics (limit 2 pages):

  • How this position fits into your five and ten-year professional goals
  • How your experience meets the required qualifications for one or more of the specific faculty ranks listed
  • Which of the three host departments you feel you have a close experiential/professional alignment and your rationale for this
  • How your experience relates to the content of ENGR 160
  • The search committee recognizes the disparate impacts COVID 19 has had on scholars worldwide. Please address if/how the pandemic has impacted your professional activities in the past 18 months.

2) Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information for at least three references, including name, mailing address, email address, and phone number, and other pertinent information 

3) Statement of Professional Qualifications

  • Please prepare a statement (not to exceed 2 pages) that specifically details how your experience meets each of the preferred qualifications of the position (up to one paragraph per bullet point).
  • In your statement, clearly describe any intentional actions you have taken with regards to promoting diversity and inclusion in your professional experience.
  • In your statement, clearly describe your approach to teaching ENGR 160 or similar courses.

COVID Statement
The search committee will complete a majority of the search process, candidate reviews, and interviews virtually to ensure the safety of the faculty and staff as well as the candidates. Final candidates will be invited to campus for a mix of face-to-face and virtual meetings. A candidate’s preference to proceed virtually will not influence the search committee’s hiring recommendation.

Direct questions to employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu



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