Engineering and Public Policy

Lafayette College is seeking an exceptional teacher-scholar with expertise in Engineering and Public Policy for a full-time, visiting position for the 2021-2022 academic year in the Engineering Studies Program. The Program awards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering that explores engineering through an interdisciplinary lens.

The candidate’s teaching, scholarly interests, and experience in Engineering and Public Policy will contribute to a program with current faculty expertise in sustainable technologies, STS, engineering policy, and engineering management. Applicants may have expertise in any of those areas, though applicants whose work addresses issues of energy and society are desirable. The successful candidate will teach the program’s core course in Engineering and Public Policy and interdisciplinary electives of their choosing, with preference for courses on energy and society. Prior teaching experience and training in engineering are also preferable. The teaching load is at least 3 courses per semester.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a curriculum vita, and a list of three references at   Application materials should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to teach courses in engineering and society and explain how the applicant’s teaching will support Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the college’s diversity statement ( Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Lafayette College is a small, private, undergraduate-only institution located in eastern Pennsylvania, 70 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia. Since its inception in 1866, the engineering programs have emphasized superior education in engineering and the liberal arts, placing a strong emphasis on student-faculty interaction. This is accomplished by placing a strong emphasis on student-faculty interaction in the classroom, in research, and in extracurricular activities, while seeking to build strengths in Inclusive STEM Studies. In recent years the engineering programs have been ranked in the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report among undergraduate-focused institutions. Further information about the engineering studies program can be found at

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. In cultivating this community, the Engineering programs at Lafayette have taken a national leadership role in diversity as evidenced by recently being recognized for its commitment to the Engineering Deans Diversity Pledge. Moreover, the ASEE currently lists Lafayette’s engineering programs among the top 10 in the nation for women on the faculty and among the top 20 for Bachelor’s degrees awarded to women. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. Benjamin Cohen, Search Committee Chair, at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.