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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Location: Greater Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech is committed to inclusion and increasing diversity among its students, staff, and faculty.  The purpose of this position is to provide leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion-related efforts and topics through the promotion and development of sponsored student experiential learning. This position will focus on increasing the Diversity and Inclusion in the AOE Department, and is expected to lead initiatives that advance the department’s goals through development of inspirational and ambitious projects that attract under-represented populations to the study of aerospace and ocean engineering.

As an Instructor focused on Diversity and Inclusion, the selected candidate will work to:  (1) serve as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations or cultures; (2) develop business leads and secure sponsored research projects to enable experiential research projects for undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations or cultures; (3) serve as the department’s liaison with Virginia Tech’s Office for Inclusion and Diversity; (4) teach two seminars per year that enhance student understanding and awareness of inclusion and diversity; (5) develop and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and training within the department; (6) assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students; and (7) assist the department with refining and monitoring diversity and inclusion goals.

The selected candidate will also be appointed to the rank of Instructor. The selected candidate must be an effective teacher of the profession or discipline who is capable of understanding and evaluating research that applies to their field and teaching it to students. In alignment with duties in diversity and inclusion, the successful candidate will teach two seminars per academic year that contribute to improving critical thinking, reasoning, and awareness of diversity and inclusion through the Pathways general education curriculum.  Subject area and content of the courses will be based on the faculty member’s disciplinary training and expertise.

Required Qualifications

•Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral degree in any disciplinary area related to aerospace and ocean engineering or the study of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

•Demonstrated experience developing and delivering diversity, inclusion, and equity programming.

•Research or industry expertise in the development, attainment, and reporting of strategic goals focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.

•Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective courses that enlighten students about the role and importance of identity and equity.

•Excellent interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination and cooperation amongst individuals, offices, and entities.

•Exceptional communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

•Experience in developing practical and operational engineering systems, including acquisition of resources.

•Experience implementing diversity programming, particularly within disciplines represented within the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

•Prior experience teaching collegiate-level courses in subject areas associated with the Department  of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

•Prior involvement with the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented minority (URM) groups.

•Previous engagement with advancement officers seeking to secure scholarships and endowments supporting URM students and faculty.

•Background in developing relationships and interfacing with state and federal agencies, industry, and NGOs that hire graduates of aerospace and ocean engineering programs.

•Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from URM groups.

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience.

Review Date

January 10, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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