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Assistant Teaching Professor 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 an Instructional or Tenure Track position 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 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.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Qualifications for instructional track faculty include a masters degree (Ph.D. preferred) in engineering, STEM Education, or a related field.

Qualifications for tenure track faculty include a Ph.D. in engineering, STEM Education, or a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Qualifications include previous teaching or curricular development experience.

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 or a field that supports  engagement of undergraduate engineering students
● PE License and/or PMP Certification
● advanced computer skills, particularly MATLAB or other programming languages
● experience in engineering design, programming, Arduinos, data acquisition and control, and CAD software

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

Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated teaching ability; and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse student, faculty, and community populations.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• advanced computer skills, particularly MATLAB or other programming languages
• engineering design
• data acquisition and control
• CAD software
• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

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 trainings; 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


Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications are due October 20, 2023, with the anticipated start date of December 24, 2023.  

Please visit to apply.

Applicants will need to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Statement
  • Research statement (optional)

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

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.

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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