Lecturer in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California Davis Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
United States

Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment)

Job #JPF03910

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 9th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at UC Davis seeks candidates for Assistant Professor of Teaching in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. We seek outstanding faculty with a strong and demonstrable commitment to teaching, professional engagement, and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student populations. Successful candidates will join a Department with a history of student-focused and respected programs in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

The Assistant Professor of Teaching title (with an official title of Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE)) complements the research-focused Professor series at the University of California with an emphasis on excellence in teaching and student-centered efforts. Appointment conveys membership in the Academic Senate and, contingent upon promotion, security of employment that parallels tenure. Individuals holding the title are expected to be outstanding teachers, engage in professional development, and provide service to the Department and the University in the areas to include pedagogy, assessment, curricular innovation, and/or program accreditation.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mechanical, aerospace, or aeronautical engineering, engineering education, or closely related fields. Attractive candidates will have a clear interest in teaching, teaching experience, sound ideas for improving student learning and engagement, and ideas for enhancing the mechanical and aerospace engineering curricula.

The Department has existing strengths in the areas of design, manufacturing, MEMS and nanostructures; fluid mechanics and aerodynamics; dynamics, controls, vehicles and robotics; human systems engineering; energy, propulsion and environment; mechanics of solids, structures and materials; and aerospace. The newly renovated Engineering Student Design Center engages all students in a design ecosystem through required courses and extracurricular activities, and other recently upgraded teaching facilities support hand-on learning across our undergraduate curriculum. Manufacturing, materials, and design cut across many themes in the department. The area of energy has recognized work in energy efficiency, fuel cells, wind and hydropower, thermal systems, and clean transportation. Engineering in medicine includes applications of innovative sensors and neuroengineering. Efforts in aerospace include assessment of air and space vehicles with emphases on computational and experimental dynamics (aero, fluid, thermal, structural), aeroacoustics, dynamics and control, and composite structures. The Department also has strengths in hybrid-electric vehicles, autonomous and remotely operated systems, and aerospace design. An emerging strength is the study of human interactions with complex aerospace systems (aircraft and spacecraft) supported by industry and federal agencies.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, engineering education, or related fields.
• Evidence of, or potential for, commitment to the advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with a career in education

Desirable Qualifications
• Commitment to a career in teaching mechanical and aerospace engineering as demonstrated by evidence of, or potential for, excellence in some or all of the following:
o Teaching of engineering undergraduate courses
o Engaging and supporting first-generation or under-represented students
o Improving the mechanical and aerospace engineering curricula
o Improving student engagement and learning
o Innovating in instruction for positive effect
o Developing new courses
o Teaching project-focused courses
o Facilitating student engagement with engineering industry
o Supporting educational program certification through assessment, intervention, and continuous improvement
• Evidence of and potential for engagement with professional networks (e.g., in teaching, pedagogy, engineering technology, or professional activity
• Evidence of commitment to public service, including community engagement

Appointment is to an academic year (9-month) post at the rank of Assistant in the Professor of Teaching series (also known as LPSOE series). Award of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required by the date of hire.

Application Requirements
For full consideration, applications must be completed by 02/15/2021 with appointments as early as July 1, 2021. Application packages should be submitted online through RECRUIT link and should include the following documents:
• Cover Letter
• Current Curriculum Vitae
• Statement on Teaching
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Contact information of 3 persons for a letter of reference on your behalf

We encourage applicants to explore the College, Department, and Campus websites for background and context. Please ensure the application materials show clearly how applicant history and experience match both the minimum and desirable qualifications stated above. We recommend candidates visit this website for information on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This Statement and the Statement on Teaching will be used together in an initial review of applicants that is blind to applicant names, affiliation, and other parts of the application. Ensure the CV and Statements highlight available data, experience, and vision-related to the Qualifications.

Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, campus in-person operations have been restricted to essential personnel only. All academic and scholarly activities are being conducted remotely for the time being. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations may occur via remote platforms, including Zoom, to which we will provide access.

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline.

The University
Since 1908, UC Davis has been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100- plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. Additional information about UC Davis, its history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here.

UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast- or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured or security of employment positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. In addition, the campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation including the Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN), services designed to support new faculty as they transition to our campus.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy can be found at this website.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check.

Apply here: RECRUIT Link.

Job location

Davis, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: https://mae.ucdavis.edu


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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