Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (tenure-track)

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Oct 28, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (tenure-track)—Search 67884
College of Engineering and Computing / Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in Material Processing and Material Science.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers undergraduate courses in support of nearly 1,000 students in mechanical engineering (energy science, materials science and processing, mechatronics, design and analysis), engineering science, and graduate courses leading to an MSME. Both the curricular and the research activities of the faculty have a strong applied emphasis, bridging theory with practice, extending the learning environment beyond the classroom, and offering a student-centered environment enhanced by technology and transcultural experiences within private and public partnerships. The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program is to accomplish the following.

1. Produce graduates who will assume professional "engineering-related" positions that utilize their applied technical skills and problem-solving abilities.
2. Produce graduates who have the technical, analytical, interpersonal, professional and communication skills needed to advance in their careers.
3. Produce graduates who will remain professionally current and engage in the pursuit of life-long learning.

The academic curriculum is validated by the program's Professional Advisory Committee and externally accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students are provided opportunities to engage in hands-on research activities, engineering projects, professional society experiences, and the ability to pursue professional licensure. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the mission of the department by (1) developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate-level lecture and laboratory courses; (2) establishing a funded research program that involves university colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students; and (3) engaging in professional service that technically and economically enriches our various communities and societies.

Position Description. Reporting to the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering will be required to (1) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate lectures and labs; (2) develop a successful research program (including writing proposals and managing grants, obtaining external funding, and preparing peer reviewed scholarly publications) that engages both graduate and undergraduate students; (3) supervise MSME theses and undergraduate projects; (4) assist in academic and professional mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students; (5) participate in program assessment and execution of a continuous improvement plan; and (6) participate in academic and professional service activities. The position is a 10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
Earned terminal degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field by August 1, 2022
B.S. (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline
Effective communications skills (verbal and written)
Ability to develop and teach discipline-specific lectures and laboratories at the undergraduate and graduate levels
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives
Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development
Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline

Preferred Qualifications:
The potential to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses such as: Metals Machining, Joining & Processing, Materials Processing, Metallurgy, Composites, Metal Casting, and/or Materials Science
An ability to develop and teach undergraduate general engineering science lectures and laboratories (such as: Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Computational and Numerical Methods, Engineering Graphics, and/or Solid Modeling), Intro to Finite Element Analysis, and/or Capstone Design
The potential to develop funded research programs in appropriate applied and fundamental sub-discipline areas (such as polymers, ceramics, composites, metallic materials and casting processes, and heat treatment of metals)
An ability to proficiently use and provide instruction using software such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and/or ANSYS
Relevant professional experience
A record of scholarship and participation in professional activities
Experience with ABET accreditation and/or continuous improvement activities

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities oncampus.
Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Screening of applications begins November 24, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; brief teaching and research statements (2 pages max), and the name, address, association with the candidate, telephone number, and email address of at least five (5) professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically as a single pdf will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Bishal Silwal, Search Chair, Search #67884
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-0542

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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