Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering

Northern Arizona University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 22, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in our program to begin January 2015. Outstanding candidates in Mechanical Engineering will be considered with preference given to candidates having engineering design, solid mechanics and thermal-fluids backgrounds.  The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for teaching and coordinating our senior capstone sequence as well as teaching both lower- and upper-division undergraduate classes and laboratories.  The ideal candidate will be able to teach a wide variety of classes depending upon the candidates strengths and departmental needs.  Student mentoring and advising, participation in department-level service, and course and program level assessment activities for accreditation will also be required.


This lecturer position is renewable pending satisfactory job performance, availability of funding, and program needs. This position is not tenure eligible.


Minimum qualifications are:


Bachelor and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related field conferred by the start date and two years full-time college-level teaching experience in Engineering.


Preferred qualifications are:

  • PhD in mechanical engineering or a closely related field.
  • Expertise in several Mechanical Engineering subspecialties, particularly in engineering design, solid mechanics, and thermal-fluids sciences.
  • Effective communication skills in both oral and written English.
  • Significant experience teaching a variety of undergraduate mechanical engineering courses, including senior capstone design.
  •  Work experience in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related Engineering field.
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.


Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 26,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at about 30 sites across the state.


Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.


While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.


Flagstaff has a population of about 67,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, the largest college on the NAU campus, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (ABET accredited), a Master of Science in Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering.  In Fall 2013 we started offering an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sustainable Systems in collaboration with the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.  The department currently has 680 students, 12 faculty, and has experienced substantial enrollment growth in the past four years.


Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) 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.


The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Northern Arizona University offers a competitive salary and benefits package.


Please see http://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Careers/Faculty-and-Administrator-Openings/, job ID #600999, for full position description and application procedure.  This position will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2014.


Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.