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Visiting Professor

Apply now Job no: 515298
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Dept. of Engineering Education
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech invites applications for Visiting Professor position(s) at the Assistant or Associate rank. Virginia Tech seeks to attract exceptional candidates with interests and expertise in engineering education research ranging from pre-kindergarten through college and into engineering practice. Candidates must have a PhD or similar degree, with at least one degree in engineering, education, or a related field. The Visiting Professor will primarily teach in the first-year engineering ENGE 1215 & 1216: Foundations of Engineering sequence, which focuses on problem solving, the engineering design cycle, and career paths in engineering; the course uses tools such as Solidworks and MATLAB. Based on enrollment needs, the Visiting Professor may teach other courses in the department’s undergraduate program, including courses in the Pathways Innovation Minor. The teaching load will be three courses in each of the academic year semesters. Other responsibilities include pursuing an independent or collaborative research program of the candidate’s interests and other duties as assigned.
These one-year positions are open to candidates along a continuum of career stages, with possible interest for recent PhD graduates, faculty on research leave, and industry professionals seeking to reconnect with teaching and research. Candidates anticipating receiving a PhD in the coming months may apply, but should have their degree in hand at the start of the contract.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a doctorate (by Aug 2021) in engineering education, engineering, education, or a related field. Must have demonstrated contributions to the field of engineering education research. Must have demonstrated abilities in engineering software and CAD programs typically used in first-year engineering, including programs such as MATLAB, LABVIEW, Inventor, or Solidworks.

Preferred Qualifications

At least one degree (BS, MS, PhD) in engineering or a related field is desirable, along with demonstrated abilities in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Appointment Type:  Restricted

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin March 22, 2021.

Additional Information

Recruitment is to fill one or two academic year positions.  Apply online at (posting number 515298).  Application materials are to include: a curriculum vitae; a cover letter explaining 1) why you want the position, 2) why you think you’d be good for the position, 3) your philosophy with respect to teaching, 4) research plans including funding possibilities, and 5) names, titles, and contact information for four professional references.  Candidates anticipating receiving a PhD in the coming months may apply, but should have their degree in hand at the start of the contract.  The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About the Department of Engineering Education

ENGE ( is home to an outstanding first-year engineering program that engages students with an innovative curriculum as well as a PhD program in engineering education. The department also hosts the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) and the Pathways Innovation Minor.  Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and to maintaining a work and learning environment that is free from all forms of discrimination.  It is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE institutional award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. 

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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 an accommodation, or for other questions on the recruitment, please contact Dr. Elizabeth McNair at at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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