Assistant Professor of Practice in Electrical Engineering and Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

Northern Arizona University in Arizona

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 4, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Northern Arizona Universitys College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences invites applications in the area of Electrical Engineering for the NAU Chongqing 3+1 Program.  The purpose of this position(s) is to support a new joint program between Chongqing University of Posts & Telecommunications and Northern Arizona University (NAU). Courses will be delivered in English.  On average, two out of every three semesters  will be spent delivering courses in Chongqing, China while one out of three semesters will be spent delivering courses on the NAU campus in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Chinese students in the 3+1 Program will spend the first three years of their studies at CUPT and the fourth and final year at NAU.  These position(s) are not tenure eligible and include an assistant professor of practice to begin August 2014, and up to two lecturers to begin January 2015. Although outstanding candidates from all areas within Electrical Engineering will be considered, we are particularly interested in applicants committed to undergraduate education and able to teach lower division courses and laboratories within the Electrical Engineering program.  Student mentoring, course and program assessment activity for accreditation and department-level service will also be required. 




The Assistant Professor of Practice will be the interim director of the NAU EE Chongqing 3+1 Program to oversee and develop the program.  Preparatory visits to Chongqing, teaching and development of supplementary materials will be required during the Fall 2014 semester and it is expected that the person will live and work in Chongqing, China, during the Spring 2015 semester. During future years the person may be expected to spend both Fall and Spring semesters living and working in Chongqing.




The Lecturer position(s) will teach and develop supplementary materials during the Spring 2015 semester and it is expected that they will live and work in Chongqing, China, during the Fall 2015 semester. During future years the person may be expected to spend both Fall and Spring semesters living and working in Chongqing.




These position(s) all require (1) a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a closely-related field, (2) a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a closely-related field, or Education, and (3) two years of college level teaching in Engineering.   The assistant professor of practice position also requires a combination of 5 years teaching electrical or computer engineering at the college level and/or working as an electrical, electronics or computer hardware engineer.




Preferred qualifications for all position(s) include:


  • Demonstrated ability to teach electrical or computer engineering at the college level

  • Ability to teach courses in one or both of the following areas:

    • Digital Logic, Microprocessors and Computer Engineering

    • Linear Electrical Circuits and Electronic Circuits

  • Evidence of effective communication skills

  • Experience with blended learning, flipped classrooms, computer-mediated homework and other current learning methodologies

  • Industry experience as an electrical or computer engineer or in a closely-related field

  • Knowledge of assessment and ABET accreditation

  • A Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or closely-related field or Education

  • Evidence of ability to work with people from diverse cultures

  • Evidence of ability to live and work in Chongqing, China for extended periods of time


In addition to the above, the assistant professor of practice has this additional preferred qualification:


  • Demonstrated leadership and management ability




Northern Arizona University is a 26,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 67,000 residents at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAUs emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.




The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department currently has 15 faculty and is expanding to offer a 3+1 program at Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunication, where, in the first three years, selected electrical engineering courses will be taught by NAU faculty who travel to China for that purpose.  In the 4th year, Chinese students transfer to NAU to complete their degree program. An ongoing program is planned with new cohorts of students beginning the program each year.




Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.




For full consideration, application materials must directly address the requirement to live and work in Chongqing, China including descriptions of international experiences (including international teaching experiences), language skills, and the ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.




To apply for either position #600892 or position #600893, please visit   For consideration for each position submit ONE PDF file, containing 1) a letter addressing your qualifications and date of availability, your interest in this position, your areas of knowledge and expertise, and your ability to meet the requirement of living and working in Chongqing China, 2) a curriculum vitae 3) copies of the transcripts for your B.S. and M.S. degrees and 4) names and contact information of three references.




The search will remain open until the position(s) is filled or closed; however, the screening committee will begin reviewing applications on July 1, 2014. 




NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.  We are committed to a diverse faculty and specifically seek individuals supportive of the multicultural needs of Northern Arizona University and the surrounding area.  Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance completing your application, there are instructions available online at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.


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