Proposed Start Date 09/16/2022
Rank CT - Teaching Assistant Professor
Working Title Teaching Assistant Professor
Position Number D92636
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Non-Tenure Track Continuous
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE 1.0
Term of Service 9 month
Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Portland State University is a public university located in the heart of one
of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. The University is known nationally for
its innovation, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives. Its
urban setting and unique relationship with the city, regional agencies, and
local high-tech companies provide a living laboratory for urban research, and
industry and government collaboration. The University has a strong
institutional commitment to the principle of diversity, equity, inclusion, and
multiculturalism, and provides a welcoming atmosphere with unique professional
opportunities for leaders from underrepresented groups. Portland State
University is not only Portland's public research university, it is also
Oregon's most diverse, innovative, and affordable research university.
The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) in the Maseeh
College of Engineering of Computer Science is committed to educating,
inspiring, preparing, and mentoring students to excel as professionals and
grow throughout their science and engineering careers. The Department nurtures
a professional, collaborative, and supportive learning environment that
encourages initiative, innovation, and willingness to change; promotes
scholarship and teaching excellence; and sustains a vital, state-of-the-art
research enterprise for students and faculty to create, interpret, apply and
MME currently has 12 faculty members (11 tenure track), including 1 NSF
CAREER Award recipient and 1 PECASE recipient. The Department offers four
degree programs and one graduate certificate: Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering (BSME), Master of Science in Materials Science and
Engineering (MSMSE), Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME),
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Graduate Certificate in Semiconductor
Materials and Manufacturing. All degree programs are accredited, the BSME
program through ABET and the graduate programs through NWCCU. More information
can be found at www. pdx.edu/mechanical-materials-engineering.
The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at PSU invites
applications for a non-tenure-track continuous appointment at the rank of
Teaching Assistant Professor. This is a 9-month, full-time position (1.0
FTE). The position is eligible for a continuous appointment following
successful annual reviews during the probationary period and a final milestone
review. Article 18 Section 1 and Section 2 of the AAUP collective bargaining
agreement refers: https: // www. pdx.edu/academic-
Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate education,
demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching, have the ability to
motivate students in an engaging manner and be able to contribute to the
department's educational mission. The ideal candidate will develop,
coordinate, and support a curriculum that significantly extends or enhances
educational opportunities for students in the department. We are particularly
interested in applicants with expertise in the areas of mechanical design
and finite element analysis.
Candidates for this position will typically be responsible for teaching two
4-credit courses each quarter in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate
courses in mechanical engineering. Additional responsibilities include service
to the department, college, and university, and supervision of one or two
capstone teams. While this position is focused on instructional
responsibilities, additional supporting scholarly activities (including the
pedagogy of engineering education) and service to the community and
profession are expected.
Instructional activities are related to developing and teaching undergraduate
and graduate mechanical engineering courses. Anticipated teaching and related
Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as assigned, including
instruction in laboratory settings
Development, coordination, and evaluation of course materials that fit
within the overall curriculum
Participation in assessment and accreditation activities
Preparation of students to be successful leaders in their chosen
Creation of an inclusive classroom environment and experience
The position is primarily focused on instructional responsibilities and is
primarily evaluated with regard to their teaching and service, however, the
successful candidate is encouraged to engage in a variety of research
activities in the department, with industry partners, and with professional
University Service Activities
Serve on relevant school, college, or university committees. Participate in
strategic meetings to advance departmental, college, and university
Professional Service Activities
Candidates are encouraged to participate in professional societies such as
related industry organizations.
Primary Activity I - Instructional
Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field.
Candidates with an ABD will be considered, though the Ph.D. must be
completed by the employment start date.
Demonstrated instructional skills including lab and project-based courses.
Knowledge of current trends and best practices in engineering pedagogy and
Proficiency with technical communication (written and spoken) strategies
for diverse audiences.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing the diversity and
excellence of the academic community.
Key Cultural Competencies
Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates
Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context
of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural
Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in
diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to
change for continual improvement.
Adhere to all of PSU's policies including the policies on Prohibited
Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource
conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability
Professional Standards of Conduct
At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves
in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive
environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff is the
responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to
conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of
Conduct which are available at: www. pdx.edu/hr/proessional-standards-conduct
Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement
The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $63,873 and
$80,000. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it
will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the
chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.
PSU's excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a
generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for
employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.
https: // www. pdx.edu/human-resources/benefits-overview
https: // www. pdx.edu/human-resources/psu-total-compensation-calculator
All Portland State University employees, regardless of work location, must
submit either (1) Proof of Vaccination; or (2) have an approved medical or
religious exemption, on their first day or employment.
To read the full PSU vaccination policy, please visit:
https: // www. pdx.edu/policies/covid-vaccination.
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)
Required documents for the application include:
A cover letter describing interest and qualifications for the position
A current curriculum vitae
A statement of teaching interests and/or philosophy (2 page limit)
A statement of diversity/equity/inclusion (2 pages limit) – Please upload under “Other 2”
References will only be contacted if you are considered for advancement to a
Candidates that advance to the second round of screening will be asked to
provide quantitative and qualitative evidence of teaching effectiveness that
may include but are not limited to, sample syllabi, sample assignments,
example in-class activities, sample grading rubrics, and student evaluations
of teaching or course evaluations.
Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required Yes
If you have questions
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Filled
Application screening begins 06/01/2022
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes
If yes, when must the degree be earned? 09/16/2022
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for
permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes
Accept References Yes
Minimum Number of References 3
Maximum Number of References 3
Special Instruction for Reference Provider
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Do you currently have ABD status within a doctoral program?
If you are ABD, when do you expect your degree to be conferred?
(Open Ended Question)
Please state the field in which you received (or will receive) your Ph.D.
(Open Ended Question)
How did you first find out about this position?
Chronicle of Higher Education
Higher Ed Jobs
Professional Listserv- please specify in comment box in the next question
Professional Journal- please specify in comment box in the next question
Other- please specify in comment box in the next question
If you selected Other, please describe.
(Open Ended Question)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Other 2 (describe)