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Assistant Teaching 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 houses the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, teaches common first year engineering courses, and supports engineering education research. We approach teaching in cutting edge ways, using a flipped format with an active and collaborative learning environment and supported by trained near-peer mentor assistants. We are looking for innovative individuals to expand our progressive teaching team. Our supportive and growth-based mindset will help you maintain a balanced work life, family life, and career path.

We are seeking an assistant teaching professor ready to grow their career; Applicants with the required education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments conducive to a higher rank will also be considered for an appointment at the rank of associate or full teaching professor or professor of practice. Applications are due January 2nd with the anticipated start date of August 21, 2023. Michigan Tech’s nationally recognized College of Engineering offers ample opportunities for collaboration in research and teaching across engineering disciplines.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

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 commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master's degree in engineering, STEM Education, or a related field. Applicants with comparable credentials are also encouraged to apply. 

Required Experience (minimum requirements)


Desirable Education and/or Experience

• engineering, STEM education, or a related field.
• Previous teaching or curricular experience with first-year engineering students
• Previous experience with Maker Spaces and/or student labs
• Terminal degree in engineering, a related STEM field, or STEM education
• Research in engineering education
• PE License and/or PMP Certification

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
• Demonstrated ability to work on teams

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Practice or interest in active, collaborative, and flipped class learning methods
• Advanced computer skills, (MATLAB or other programming languages)
• Experience with modern design approaches (i.e. Design Thinking, Human Centered Design)
• Experience with Problem Based Learning
• Experience with simple robotics and/or Arduinos projects
• Experience with engineering 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.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

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


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The review of applications will begin on January 3, 2023. Candidates applying by this date are assured full consideration.

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Applicants will be asked for contact information for three reference providers and will be required to upload the following documents. 

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Diversity statement that describes how their past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel.
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, Michigan, which was included in “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 hill, golf course, recreational trails, and Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. See additional information about the Copper Country and the community.

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. 

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

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.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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