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Collegiate Faculty

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty


Department of Mechanical Engineering

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Collegiate Faculty position.  This will be non-tenure track contract position at Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level depending on the qualifications.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 67 faculty, 30 affiliate faculty, annual research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 300 graduate students with 180 students at doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students. The Department is ranked 15th (8th in public schools) and 23rd (12th in public schools) out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2019 U.S. News and World Report.

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. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.  Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech's main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country's best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College-level centers such as the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) and the state-level Commonwealth of Virginia Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline by the start time of their appointment. We are seeking candidates committed to a career in teaching.  The successful candidate will be responsible for primarily teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in both regular classrooms and distance-learning settings, and for mentoring and advising students. It is expected that the candidate will research and implement pedagogical methods to improve education outcomes. Though not required, the candidate is also encouraged to be involved in research in particular if it supports the teaching mission. We are seeking candidates who have a broad teaching interest in all mechanical engineering subareas, including all traditional areas of solid and fluid mechanics, materials, heat transfer, thermodynamics, vibrations, controls, design, technical electives, capstone senior design, and experimentation courses. Preference will be given to candidates based on credentials and not based on the subarea.

Applicants must apply online at application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and pedagogical achievements, a one-page teaching statement with an indication of teaching preferences, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references). Review of applications will commence on February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Clint Dancey at For assistance submitting the application please contact Ms. Diana Israel (540) 231-6424.

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. If you are an person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Ms. Diana Israel at

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Amanda Collins at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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