The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, (, invites applications for two visiting assistant professor positions beginning in July 2022. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or related field by the start of their appointment. As an undergraduate-only institution, Lafayette is first and foremost seeking those
committed to being a dynamic and inclusive teacher. Secondly, the Department values a willingness to teach courses that have hands-on experiences, including both laboratory and capstone design courses. Each position is a 1 year full-time appointment, with the equivalent of a three-course teaching load per semester; continuation of the appointment for more than one year is possible.

The Mechanical Engineering Department features small class sizes, hands-on laboratory experiences in each year of the curriculum, and five to six student-selected year-long capstone design projects annually The Department 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 Department offers professional development support through class observations and mentorship.  Lafayette College also supports our visiting faculty members through a year-long orientation and development program for all new faculty members organized by our Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CITLS). They also have access to other regular planning by CITLS and our Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education. Visiting faculty members are offered funding for travel to a professional conference and for research students through our EXCEL Scholars and Clare Boothe Luce Scholars programs.

To apply, please submit application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy including course interests, and three letters of reference at: In the cover letter, please address how you will support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as articulated in the College’s diversity statement  ( Review of applications will begin April 15 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.