Wesleyan University invites applications for a Professor of the Practice to begin Fall 2017 for an initial three-year appointment. This position is part of a new initiative at Wesleyan in Design, Engineering, and Applied Science (DEAS). The primary focus of the position is teaching courses that provide students with practical design, engineering, and problem-solving skills. The successful candidate should embrace a liberal arts approach that integrates traditional engineering with design, and be capable of teaching interdisciplinary engineering courses with hands-on projects at introductory and intermediate levels. In addition, there will be an opportunity to teach courses in the candidate’s specific area of specialization. The faculty member is expected to contribute to the growth and development of new DEAS program, as well as our growing design and makerspace resources.
Wesleyan University has an established track-record in the arts and applied sciences, and this program seeks to combine these strengths in a new program that provides an interdisciplinary approach to engineering. At present, the primary path to engineering at Wesleyan is through dual-degree programs with partner institutions; this program seeks to complement that effort by introducing core courses in engineering in our new Minor in DEAS. The Professor of the Practice position is an untenured position, renewable on the basis of performance. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the appointment, the primary affiliation will be with the College of Integrative Sciences; a secondary appointment in the department nearest to the faculty member’s expertise is also possible.
The primary responsibility of this position will be to teach and co-teach courses in Design, Engineering and Applied Science. This would include two pre-requisite courses for the Minor in DEAS, specifically “Introduction to Design and Engineering” and “Principles of Engineering”, along with a numerical methods course, and an upper level elective course in the candidate’s area of specialization.
In addition to this four-course load additional administrative and curriculum development duties will be involved. These would include:
- Advising students and reviewing student certification in the minor.
- Training students outside normal courses to work in maker spaces.
- Collaborating with faculty on introduction of Design and Engineering principles in their courses.
- Participating in on campus committees and working groups to represent and promote the minor
Applications completed by 03/01/2016 will receive full consideration.
To apply, please visit https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/5713
Final approval of position is contingent upon funding.