Multiple Open-Rank, Term Faculty Positions
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The George Mason University Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), invites applications for multiple, renewable-term, non-tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate, Professor, and Instructor, at the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Successful candidates will be expected to teach at the undergraduate level (specific courses can be found in the catalog at https://catalog.gmu.edu/colleges-schools/engineering/mechanical/#coursestex…); advise students and mentor senior design teams; participate in all aspects of the department’s mission; serve the profession; and embrace and help advance the University’s strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Applicants for the position of Assistant/Associate or Full Professor must have received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related field by the start date of the position. Applicants who have received an MS in Mechanical Engineering or a related field by the start date of the position will be considered for Instructor positions. Applicants should possess a strong commitment to education and excellence in teaching.
Applicants in all areas of mechanical engineering will be given consideration. We are particularly interested in candidates in the areas of experimental methods, mechanical engineering design, thermal fluids and engineering mechanics. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience. The department and the College place a high value on engaging students from traditionally underrepresented groups, and candidates from these groups are especially encouraged to apply.
About the Department:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mason is a relatively young department, having received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, retroactive to October 1, 2015. The department currently offers both a BS degree and a minor in mechanical engineering, an aerospace concentration, a graduate certificate in naval ship design, and a PhD program through the Office of the Dean. The department has a significant presence at both the Fairfax and SciTech (Manassas) campuses. Term faculty are instructional faculty within the department and the appointments are renewable. With high value placed on innovation and excellence in instruction, term faculty are viewed as master educators within the department. The department currently has 16 faculty, 5 of which are term faculty and an undergraduate student population of approximately 400 students. More information about the department can be obtained by visiting its website https://mechanical.gmu.edu.
A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia’s Technology Corridor
The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.
George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F202AZ; at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a statement of professional goals including your perspective on teaching and past teaching experiences (to attach as ‘Other Doc’), a complete CV with publications, a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (to attach as ‘Other Doc’), and the names of three professional references. The review of applications will begin December 8, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.