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 Assistant Professor of the Practice - Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job information
Posted by: University of Kansas 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Education
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: htODhA0koTXDBOSq343RISaPojyHtj / Latpro-3823624 
Date posted: Sep-14-2021
State, Zip: Kansas, 66045



Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Position Overview

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor-of-the-Practice.

The Mechanical Engineering Department has an established industry-funded capstone design program. The successful candidate will be responsible for capstone-related classroom lectures for undergraduates, securing capstone project funding from sponsors, and coordinating with Mechanical Engineering faculty members in advising individual student projects. The candidate must be comfortable working with industry, in particular industries engaged in the design and/or manufacture of mechanical, electro-mechanical, or thermal-mechanical products. The successful candidate will also teach courses such as CAD, mechanical design, dynamics and controls, and mechatronics.

The term of appointment will be two years with renewable appointment possible. Each year, the term of appointment will be 9 months at 1.0 FTE, with up to three months of summer support possible from capstone fees raised, grant support, and teaching activities, depending on the professor's ability to raise capstone sponsorship fees. The appointment is Contingent Upon Funding.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering currently has 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, approximately 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, with programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. KU is a comprehensive educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system, with approximately 29,000 students and 2,800 faculty members. Opened in 1866, KU’s main campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, occupying 1000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of 96,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested hills of eastern Kansas.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society.  The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.  Additional information is available at

Job Description

80% Teaching - Develop and teach undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. Participate in undergraduate student academic advising. Secure sponsored capstone projects by establishing relationships with industry and other sponsors, manage industry-sponsored capstone teams, work with Mechanical Engineering faculty capstone project technical advisors.

10% Service - Perform service for the Department, School, University, and professional societies. Play an integral role in ABET accreditation activities within the department including but not limited to development of assessment methods for student projects and learning outcomes. Coordinate department-industry relations that could lead to research collaboration with faculty.

10% Research - Work with Mechanical Engineering faculty members to develop proposals for curriculum development, and assist in curriculum and program assessment. Author or co-author journal articles and papers in conference proceedings on topics relating to engineering education.

Required Qualifications

For Assistant Professor-of-the-Practice:

  1. B. S. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline.
  2. At least five years of industry experience.
  3. Must be a U.S. Citizen as required to work with key industry partners.
  4. Experience (volunteer or professional) playing a central role in preparing students for careers in industry as demonstrated by application materials.
  5. Experience overseeing projects in industry.  
  6. Experience working with or in industry, in particular industries engaged in the design and/or manufacture of mechanical, electro-mechanical, or thermal-mechanical products.
  7. Organizational and budgeting skills as demonstrated by a record of growing responsibility in industry.
  8. Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the application materials and during the interview process.
For Associate Professor-of-the-Practice, all the above for Assistant level and the following:
  1. Experience working on teams in industry.
  2. Total of fifteen years of professional experience past the B.S. degree.
  3. Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of leadership and responsibility in industry.
 For Full Professor-of-the-Practice, all the above for Assistant level and the following:
  1. Experience in leadership of teams in industry.
  2. Total of twenty years of professional experience past the B.S. degree.
  3. Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of leadership and responsibility in industry.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or closely-related discipline.
  2. Experience in teaching engineering courses in higher education. 

Contact Information to Applicants William Vincent -

Additional Candidate Instruction Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete online application will include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Application review has been extended to October 15, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received. 

Application Review Begins 15-Oct-2021

Conditions of Employment Contingent on Funding

Position Number 01199358

Primary Campus University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

FTE 1.0

Reg/Temp Regular

Advertised Salary Range Minimum $75,000 for 9 months; Commensurate with experience

Employee Class F-Faculty


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses)

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