Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Swathmore, Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 30, 2023
Dec 01, 2023
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Educator / Faculty
Full Time
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The Department of Engineering at Swarthmore College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning in Fall 2024.

Specializations can range across the spectrum of engineering subfields, with particular interest in the areas of Electrical, Environmental, Materials, and Mechanical engineering. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship incorporates the cross-cutting focus areas of sustainability, social impacts of technology, or engineering design.

We seek candidates with the ability to teach talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in introductory core courses as well as mid- to upper-level elective courses in the candidate’s area of specialization – see https://catalog.swarthmore.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=7&poid=262 for current offerings. Our course load is two courses per semester or the equivalent including lab sections.

Swarthmore’s Department of Engineering provides an ABET-accredited general Engineering major, with faculty distributed across the subfields listed above plus Computer and Civil Engineering, as well as a growing cross-cutting focus on Biomedical Engineering. All courses that count for our major have an attached laboratory component. Like the College at large, we value academic rigor and place a strong emphasis on undergraduate research. The department is housed in a brand-new science building, and research support is available through both departmental funds and internal College grants. Additional information about the department is available at https://www.swarthmore.edu/engineering/.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/faculty-diversity-excellence/information-candidates-new-faculty


The successful candidate will have completed their PhD by January 2025. Interest in undergraduate teaching is crucial, and previous teaching/TAing experience is highly valued.

The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter that addresses their teaching experience, their interest in teaching at a liberal arts college, and their preparation to teach undergraduates of diverse backgrounds. Cover letters should highlight any aspects of candidates’ research or teaching that touch on the cross-cutting focus areas of sustainability, social impacts of technology, and/or engineering design.

Additional application materials should include a CV, a teaching statement, a research statement, and the names of three references who can be contacted with requests after the initial round of candidate selection. All application materials (cover letter and both statements) should address how candidates’ teaching and scholarship support diversity in engineering.

Apply at: apply.interfolio.com/129575.

We will begin reviewing applications December 1, 2023 and continue accepting them until the position is filled.

Please address any questions about the applications, the position, or our program to Matt Zucker, Associate Professor and Chair of Engineering at mzucker1@swarthmore.edu.