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Lecturer or Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals

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Department: Engineering Fundamentals
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University is searching for qualified candidates to inspire the next generation of engineering students by implementing dynamic problem and project based education in our integrated first-year engineering program. We invite applications for one or more faculty positions in Engineering Fundamentals, home of the Michigan Tech First-Year Engineering Program and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree program.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply.  For more information see Diversity & Inclusion.

Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution and has thrice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Anticipated teaching needs include first-year engineering classes, with opportunities to teach other advanced courses in general and systems engineering. Typical first-year topics include engineering problem solving, engineering design, computer programming, and solid modeling. First-year courses are taught in a flipped class format emphasizing active and collaborative learning. Although the primary duty will be teaching, there is an expectation of collaboration on STEM education research and service.

Employees are expected to apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work and to commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Qualifications include a Ph.D. or master's degree in engineering, STEM Education, or related field. Applicants with comparable credentials are also encouraged to apply.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)


Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Previous teaching or curricular experience with first-year engineering students
● Terminal degree in engineering, a related STEM field, or STEM education
● Research in engineering education
● PE License and/or PMP Certification
● Substantial coursework in a business discipline
● MS in business or an MBA

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Strong interpersonal skills
● Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student, faculty, and community populations
● Demonstrated teaching ability

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Advanced computer skills, particularly MATLAB or other programming languages
● Engineering design
● Data acquisition and control
● CAD software

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required pieces of training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Review of applications will begin on February 14, 2022; candidates applying by this date are assured full consideration. Apply at

Applicants are required to provide the following; cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, teaching statement/philosophy. Applicants will also be asked for contact information for three reference providers. Questions may be addressed to Darlene Saari (

The anticipated start date is August 15, 2022. The initial appointment is anticipated at the Lecturer level, but exceptional candidates will be considered for appointment as Senior or Principal Lecturer, Professor of Practice, or Assistant Professor. Michigan Tech has an established career pathway and promotion structure for non-tenure lecturer lines. Michigan Tech’s nationally recognized College of Engineering offers ample opportunities for collaboration in research and teaching across engineering disciplines.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, Michigan, which was included in the “The 2015 Top 100 Best Small Towns in America” by Norman Crampton. Houghton and its surrounding communities offer a high quality of life for individuals and families desiring excellent schools, outdoor activities and adventure, world-class cultural events, and a small community lifestyle. Students, staff, and the community enjoy the University-owned, ski, snowboard, and tubing hillgolf courserecreational trails, and Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. See additional information about the Copper Country and the community

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; career exploration, advice, and assistance are available for positions at the university and in the local community. Additional details on dual-career exploration with our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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