The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, (https://me.lafayette.edu), invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor beginning in July 2020. While applicants with experience in all fields of mechanical engineering will be considered, teaching expertise and research focus in design, materials, solid mechanics and/or systems and controls is particularly desirable.
The department seeks a colleague who possesses an enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and has the ability to communicate complex technical topics. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach a broad range of mechanical engineering subjects, and who have the potential to instruct hands-on laboratories and advise student design projects. Candidates must demonstrate the potential to establish a research program that can engage undergraduate students and result in the publication of scholarly work in peer-reviewed venues. The mechanical engineering department features small class sizes, hands-on laboratory experiences, and strong support for faculty research and professional development. The mechanical engineering department has eleven tenured/tenure-track faculty and graduates fifty to sixty majors each year, of whom, approximately thirty percent are women. The program features laboratory experiences in each year of the curriculum and offers five to six student-selected capstone design projects annually.
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 for a 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.
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. To apply, please submit application materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and description of research area and direction online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/67601. In your cover letter, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service might 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 on October 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
About Lafayette College:
Located within 75 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette College 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. This is accomplished via innovative teaching, opportunities to engage in research, completion of hands on design projects and through nationally recognized study abroad programs. 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. In addition to an exceptional mechanical engineering program, a new interdisciplinary B.S. engineering program is being offered starting in the fall of 2019. Mechanical engineering faculty will play a central role in the development of this program which is grounded in systems engineering and enables students to focus in areas including robotics, bioengineering, environment, and energy.