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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Engineering

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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Nov 26, 2021

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Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Engineering

Job Summary:

The Engineering Department at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to begin August 2022, contingent upon funding approval. We seek candidates who are able to fulfill the job responsibilities listed below, from a range of engineering disciplines as well as industry and non-traditional pathways, who are energetic, creative, and committed to excellence in engineering education.

Launched in Fall of 2020, the Engineering program offers a general engineering B.S. degree designed to meet the requirements for ABET accreditation, with concentrations in Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Sustainable Civil Engineering. There is a particular emphasis on an asset-based approach to promote the success of a highly diverse student body. We achieve this with small class sizes, project-based learning, and a high degree of student-teacher interaction.

USF provides competitive salaries to live in the Bay Area and has support for new faculty such as teaching assistants for classes, an internal research funding mechanism, professional mentorship, and institutional support for diverse faculty. The Engineering Department includes faculty from across the University; it is anticipated that new faculty members will work with other USF faculty to create interdisciplinary classes and research projects.

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Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must be able to teach courses in the Electrical & Computer Engineering concentration area, and Project & Design courses of the Engineering major. The current curriculum and course descriptions can be viewed here:

The standard teaching load for this position at USF is two 4-unit courses per semester with an additional third course every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years). In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in service to the department, college, and university, particularly in the ongoing creation of this new department and its curriculum, its integration into the university, and community-building. The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain an active research program that engages undergraduate students when possible.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree in a field related to Engineering, earned by August 2022, and previous teaching experience. Applicants must demonstrate both a capacity for exceptional teaching and a strong potential for independent and collaborative research. In addition, an understanding of and commitment to support the mission of USF and the vision of the Engineering Department are required. The successful candidate must be able to offer their reflections on equity, and strategies for success in engaging with BIPOC students.

Engineering Department Vision:

Through its innovative teaching and research, Engineering at USF will provide a comprehensive, project-based engineering education within the Jesuit liberal arts tradition that emphasizes ethical responsibility, social justice, and community engagement. Committed to diversity as an asset, it will produce graduates with a local and global perspective who are equipped to find ethical and innovative solutions to the challenges facing society in the 21st century.

We encourage applicants to address throughout their application materials how they envision a successful career at USF with respect to their teaching, research, and service. This might include your experience with and philosophy concerning the undergraduate experience, and the role of diversity, equity and inclusion considerations as part of the role of an educator. Applicants should submit the following:
  • COVER LETTER summarizing interests and qualifications
  • RESEARCH STATEMENT: we encourage both a description of your research and how you plan to continue that research at an institution that highly values undergraduate research opportunities
  • TEACHING STATEMENT: we encourage a succinct description of your teaching philosophy, and a specific example of how your philosophy leads to classroom activities and learning goals. Please also include evidence of your teaching ability (e.g., sample syllabi, sample assignments, teaching evaluations)
  • DIVERSITY STATEMENT: please describe your thoughts and/or experiences concerning equitable education for underserved and marginalized communities, your commitment to or experience with broadening participation in engineering, experience working on a diverse team, and/or experience working with different communication/learning styles.

Applications must be submitted online at Any questions may be addressed to Review of completed applications will begin on December 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


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