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Teaching Faculty Positions in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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

Job Description

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for two teaching faculty positions at either the Collegiate Professor or Professor of the Practice ranks effective as early as January 2023. We are seeking candidates for two teaching positions in: (1) Aircraft Design and Systems Engineering, (2) Applied Experimental Methods in AOE. Successful candidates will have a primary commitment to our instructional mission, curricular development, the design and integration of innovative and inclusive teaching, and department service. Teaching faculty are full members of the faculty who are encouraged but not required to participate in research and scholarship, mentor graduate students, and participate in professional service.
The (1) Aircraft Design and Systems Engineering position is responsible for teaching courses related to design of air vehicles, including capstone courses such as Air Vehicle Design and Principles of Project Design & Management, and may include electives in Configuration Aerodynamics and Applied Computational Aerodynamics. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in curriculum development and innovation, particularly project-based learning and experiential learning opportunities, and engaging with outside employers in the development and execution of curricular experiences. In addition, contributions to improving the diversity of the discipline, and experience in working effectively with a diverse student population are also desired.

The (2) Applied Experimental Methods in AOE position is responsible for teaching experimentation and lab-based courses, including Experiments for Aerospace Design, Experiments for Ocean Vehicle Design, and Electronics for Aerospace and Ocean Engineers. The successful candidate will use many of the experimental facilities located on campus for instruction and research, including our low and high Mach number wind tunnels, in particular the world renown Stability Wind Tunnel, towing basin, the Newport News Shipbuilding Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory, and drone park. Candidates should have experience working in similar experimental facilities and custom data acquisition hardware and software (e. g. LabVIEW, Matlab).
The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering ( includes 42 faculty members overseeing more than $12M in annual research expenditures, with approximately 250 full-time graduate students and 700 undergraduate students. The Aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, in the nation (2021 U.S. News and World Report). Our online master’s program in Aerospace engineering is ranked #1 (Guide to Online Schools) and The Center for World University Rankings (2017) ranks the Aerospace engineering program at #5. Additionally, with its highly regarded teaching and research programs in Ocean Engineering, the Kevin T. Crofton Department provides a unique environment for collaboration beyond the traditional boundaries of aerospace engineering.

Applicants must apply online at (job number 522254): application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles and pedagogical achievements, a teaching statement including pedagogical and curricular vision and past experience, a statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for at least three references (references will not be contacted until later stages of the process). Review of applications will commence on December 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Jonathan Black at

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 undergraduate program ranks 13th and the graduate program ranks 31st 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.

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 are also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. The Aerospace and Ocean Engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (, the Virginia Tech National Security Institute (, and the Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, or Space@VT (; College-level centers include the Advanced Propulsion and Power Lab, the Center for Research and Engineering in Aero/hydrodynamic Technology (CREATe), the Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence, and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold a graduate degree in aerospace or ocean engineering or a closely related field, a strong interest in teaching and lab work at the collegiate level; a proven ability to work collaboratively; experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research and/or instruction; and a willingness to expand disciplinary boundaries to address complex technical and societal challenges. They will be responsible for teaching courses at the undergraduate level and mentoring undergraduate students.

Appointment Type


Review Date

December 1, 2022

Additional Information

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.

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