Teaching Assistant Professor

Portand State University

United States

June 1, 2022

Description

Position Announcement

Position Details

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

Position Summary

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 disseminate knowledge.

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.

Position Summary

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- affairs/sites/g/files/znldhr2396/files/2021-11/AAUP%20CBA%202021-2024%20Article%2018%20Watermark.pdf

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

Instructional activities are related to developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering courses. Anticipated teaching and related duties include:

  • 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 profession
  • Creation of an inclusive classroom environment and experience
  • Research/Scholarly Activities

    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 societies.

    University Service Activities

    Serve on relevant school, college, or university committees. Participate in strategic meetings to advance departmental, college, and university educational initiatives.

    Professional Service Activities

    Candidates are encouraged to participate in professional societies such as related industry organizations.

    Primary Activity I - Instructional Minimum Qualifications

  • 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 assessment methods.
  • 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications Key Cultural Competencies

  • Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • Environmental Stewardship

    Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

    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

    Application Instructions

    Additional Information

    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 second-round screening.

    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 mmedept@pdx.edu.

    Search Details

    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

    Reference Requests

    Reference Requests

    Accept References Yes

    Minimum Number of References 3 Maximum Number of References 3 Cutoff Date Special Instruction for Reference Provider

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you currently have ABD status within a doctoral program?
  • Yes
  • No
  • 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?
  • PSU website
  • Indeed
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Higher Ed Jobs
  • HERCJobs
  • Referral
  • 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)

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Other 2 (describe)
  • Professional References
  • Optional Documents

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