The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, (https://me.lafayette.edu), invites applications for a new tenure-track assistant professor position beginning in July 2022. The Department is seeking a candidate that can bring bioengineering and dynamic systems experiences to help support our new interdisciplinary B.S. engineering program (inte.lafayette.edu). We especially welcome applications from candidates who will contribute to Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. As an undergraduate-only institution, Lafayette is seeking a colleague who is committed to being a dynamic and inclusive teacher and mentor. The Department also values a willingness to teach a broad range of subjects with hands-on experiences. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or related field by the start of their appointment.
Lafayette’s engineering programs feature small class sizes, hands-on laboratory experiences, and strong support for faculty research and professional development. The Mechanical Engineering Department has twelve tenure stream faculty and graduates fifty to sixty majors each year, of whom approximately forty five percent are from groups typically underrepresented in engineering and thirty percent are women. The program features laboratory experiences in each year of the curriculum and offers five to six student-selected year-long capstone design projects annually. Engineering students take advantage of attending a liberal arts institution with many of them choosing to double major or minor in a non-engineering program as well as participating in a nationally-recognized study abroad program that is integrated into the four-year degree.
The new interdisciplinary B.S. engineering program (inte.lafayette.edu) was offered for the first time in the fall of 2019. The program’s courses have focus areas in robotics, bioengineering, as well as environment and energy that are taught with a systems approach and are supported in part by Mechanical Engineering faculty. This new program and the growth of enrollments has enabled the current 20,000 sq. ft renovation/expansion that includes new flexible use labs, classrooms, and collaboration spaces.
The College supports faculty in their development of a research program that can engage undergraduate students and result in the publication of scholarly work in peer-reviewed venues. This support comes from the Department, the Engineering Division, and the College in the form of start-up funds, opportunities for research assistant scholarships, internal grants and research fellowships, and annual support for conference travel. Additionally, the Engineering Division has a successful track record of supporting successful NSF Major Research Instrumentation grants.
To apply, please submit application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy including course interests, a statement of research including research area, accomplishments, and future direction, and three letters of reference at: https://apply.interfolio.com/103372.
In the cover letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, and mentoring will support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the College’s diversity statement (https://about.lafayette.edu/diversity-statement/). Review of applications will begin March 28 and will continue until the position is filled.
Lafayette College is located within 75 miles of both New York City and Philadelphia and is a small, highly selective undergraduate institution emphasizing superior education in engineering and the liberal arts. Lafayette has offered engineering programs for over 150 years. Since inception, the programs have emphasized close interaction between students and faculty. 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.
Lafayette College is deeply 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 in the 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 by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for a commitment to the Engineering Deans Diversity Pledge. Lafayette’s engineering programs are 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 underrepresented groups.