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Communications Faculty

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track faculty position at the instructor or collegiate assistant professor level, effective August 2023, in areas related to technical communication, professional development of undergraduate students, and engineering pedagogy. We are seeking candidates motivated to contribute to a collegial, interdisciplinary community with a strong tradition of high-quality teaching, student engagement, and mentoring.

BEAM is an interdisciplinary department with faculty having broad interests spanning engineering, science, mathematics, and medicine. Offering BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering and engineering mechanics, the department currently has 45 faculty members and is home to over 200 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. BEAM’s graduate BME program is ranked #34 by US News & 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 College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 16th and graduate program ranks 30th among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). 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.

Applicants must apply online at (posting 521992): application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three separate statements (teaching interests and philosophy, research interests, and contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion; limited to three pages each), and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will commence on December 1, 2022, and continues until the position is filled. Inquiries about the positions should be directed to Dr. Sara Arena (, 540-232-8441). For assistance applying, please contact Cristina Rosa Castaňer (, 540-231-6651).

Required Qualifications

The successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in a STEM field. They are required to have experience with instruction or pedagogical research focused on technical communication/writing, previous employment within technical communication/writing or related experience at time of appointment. Duties will include teaching technical communications in an engineering context, collaborating with department faculty to provide communications instruction in biomedical engineering (BME) courses, providing quality feedback to students on communications assignments, contributing to assessment needs, and contributing towards the professional development of undergraduate students such as job application portfolio preparation and interviewing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, STEM field, or communications-related field with a focus on technical communication, background or related experience in biomedical engineering or sciences, and teaching experience in a university or college, preferably within technical communication courses. The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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Commensurate with experience

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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 military 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, please contact Cristina Rosa Castaner at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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