Assistant/Associate Professor - Engineering - #001597

Western Carolina University
February 19, 2023
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Posting Number FAC614P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // Classification Title Assistant/Associate Professor Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Engineering - #001597 Department School of Engineering & Technology About WCU

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU's main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

This is a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Rank will be determined at point of hire. The anticipated start date is August 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The successful candidate should have an interest and commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, scholarship, and professional service to the university and region. Many faculty pursue scholarship and application- focused research with external clients through our nationally-recognized Rapid Center. For more information on the School of Engineering + Technology please visit

All engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by ABET's EAC and ETAC, respectively. The college has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top tier Undergraduate Engineering program for the past several years.

Programs in the school have a strong emphasis focused on applied, Project- Based Learning (PBL) evidenced by the industry experiences of the faculty. Applicants with laboratory, design and build project experience are highly desired. This position will focus primarily in these programs:

· BS Engineering with concentrations in Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Electrical Power

· BS Engineering Technology (Applied Systems)

· MS Engineering Technology

The successful candidate should have a commitment to excellence in teaching and applied scholarship, based on the Boyer model of Scholarship. Successful applicants will have proven excellence, or potential, in teaching, scholarship, service, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many opportunities for service exist both inside and outside the university. Applicants should have an interest and be able to teach at the Bachelor's and Master's levels including thesis supervision and laboratory instruction.

Applicants should have an interest to teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in one or more of the following areas:

· Fluid Dynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

· Thermal and Thermal-fluid Systems

· Turbomachinery · Renewable Energy

Applicants with experience in more than one area of need will be reviewed favorably. Applicants with teaching experience at the college level, including lab courses, will be reviewed favorably.

Successful candidates will be expected to support the University's external engagement mission and our Quality Enhancement Program (QEP). Applicants are encouraged to visit the WCU website www. for details regarding the QEP.

Commitment to Diversity/Equity:

All departments within the College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. We value our faculty's and staff's unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. Faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals. Racial and ethnic minoritized individuals, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of three years of relevant industry experience, or documented equivalent, is required.

A terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field, is required prior to the starting date.

Preferred Qualifications Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9

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Open Date 01/17/2023

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of scholarship plans, a list (include names and complete contact information) of at least three professional references, and unofficial transcripts from the highest earned degree.

For additional information or questions contact Dr. Martin Tanaka: telephone 828-227-2561, visit https://, or email [email protected]

The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

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  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Other Document
  • List of references
  • Unofficial Transcripts
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