Non-Tenure Track Professional Faculty, Civil Engineering
The Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy Department at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a Professional Faculty position in Civil Engineering for the 2024-25 academic year (10-month). This is a three year appointment renewable upon satisfactory performance and annual evaluation. The successful candidate will split time between teaching duties and program development for the Civil Engineering Track as part of Augustana's new Bachelor's of Science in Engineering program, on track to be ABET accredited in 2026. The expected time commitment is equivalent to 26 credits per academic year (standard course = 4 credits) of which at least half must be dedicated to teaching. The candidate will teach Structural Engineering, introductory engineering courses, and introductory physics courses. The department also supports the candidate in developing their own courses related to their interests and expertise as desired. The non-teaching portion of the position, to be determined mutually with the department, is flexible so long as it strengthens and supports Augustana's Civil Engineering Track and/or the larger Engineering Program (with current established tracks in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering). This could include, but is not limited to, consulting, research, field work, coordinating internships, advising student engineering societies/competitions, and developing civil engineering collaborations between Augustana and partner organizations. The Quad Cities region is home to many engineering firms and agencies such as the Rock Island District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, IMEG Corp., Shive Hattery, John Deere, and Arconic. We encourage candidates to think creatively about how to use their talents and interests to bridge connections between local civil engineering industry and Augustana, for both student education opportunities and their own professional work.
The candidate will join an active, eight-member department with disciplinary interests in thermal fluids, environmental fluid dynamics, 3D printing and design, signal processing, quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, planetary and stellar magnetic fields, observational astronomy, physics education, and planetarium directing. The department houses research spaces for environmental fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, nuclear physics, and quantum photonics. The engineering wing has a newly designed Maker Space with 3D printers, a laser cutter, a scanning electron microscope, and a CNC mill. Instructional spaces include a newly renovated electronics and design lab. Potential research space is available for candidates who wish to develop a lab or program on-site. However, this position carries no research expectations.
Candidates should have a Master's or Ph.D. (or be ABD by fall of 2024) in Civil or Structural Engineering (PE preferred). Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness or a willingness to dedicate time and training to learn best practices in science pedagogy (teacher training opportunities will be made available). Candidates are expected to show a commitment to fostering equity and inclusion, an ability to work with students in and out of the classroom, and an ability to work with colleagues of various backgrounds. Experience or interest in forming student-centered engineering opportunities outside of Augustana (internships, externships, research experiences, co-ops, site visits, competitions, field trips, etc.) is highly desired.