Assistant/Associate Professor - Materials Engineering #002017

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Posting Information

Posting Number FAC202P
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Classification Title Assistant/Associate Professor
Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor - Materials Engineering #002017
Department School of Engineering & Technology
Position Summary

Western Carolina University’s School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University seeks a tenure-track faculty member in Materials Engineering to join a growing university and school. The School of E + T houses multiple programs in Engineering and Engineering Technology ( These programs have a strong focus on practice, using our focused Project-Based Learning (PBL) core. All of our programs are experiencing significant growth. We offer baccalaureate programs in:

- Engineering with concentrations in Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Electrical Power (Seeking ABET accreditation fall 2017)
- Electrical Engineering (ABET EAC accredited)

- Engineering Technology – Applied Systems (ABET ETAC accredited)
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ABET ETAC accredited)

- Masters of Science in Technology

The school is seeking a candidate with one, or more, areas of expertise, listed below. The successful candidate will have a commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have high potential for applied scholarship based on the Boyer model of scholarship.

Expectations for the position include excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Many tenure-track faculty members pursue scholarship as applied research for companies through the nationally recognized Rapid Center, located in the College of Engineering and Technology. Opportunities for service exist both inside and outside the school, college, and university. Applicants must possess the qualifications to teach at the Bachelors and Masters levels, including thesis supervision and laboratory instruction.

Candidates with extensive practical laboratory and experimental backgrounds are highly desirable, and candidates with experience in more than one area of need will be reviewed favorably. Candidates with academic and industry experience and a demonstrated record of achievement may be considered for appointment at the Associate Professor rank. Areas of need are listed below:

- Composite materials
- Failure analysis of materials
- Material processing and microstructure
- Material characterization and testing
- Advanced materials

Western Carolina University (WCU) is located beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. For the past four years WCU has been voted the Top Adventure college in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine for its location, and opportunities for mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, and outdoor life. The main campus, in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, a destination location for advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurial activities.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of three years of relevant industry experience are required. A doctoral degree in a field of engineering and/or engineering technology are required. The position is a nine-month tenure-track at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Those seeking advanced rank will need to demonstrate a record of excellence at the academic rank. Responsibilities include instruction, advising, curriculum development, leadership and management of student capstone projects, industry outreach, and engagement with regional business and industry.

Preferred Qualifications
Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 9

Posting Text

Open Date 10/04/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a list (include names and complete contact information) for at least three professional references to complete the application process.

For additional information or questions contact Dr. Hugh Jack: telephone 828-227-2775, visit, or email
The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of references
Optional Documents

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