Job ID: 221048

Lecturer in First Year Engineering Program

University of Kentucky

  • Sep. 11, 2023
  • Lecturer in First Year Engineering Program
  • 8H000:College of Engineering
  • University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2024
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Education Systems & Design
    Computer Science
    Engineering - Other
The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a non-tenure-track Lecturer faculty position with teaching duties focused primarily on first-year engineering education. The First-Year Engineering (FYE) program is responsible for the delivery of a dynamic, three-course sequence encompassing student professional development in the engineering discipline, fundamentals of computer programming and hands-on engineering design. The program is administered by a dedicated team of engineering educators with diverse professional backgrounds.

The faculty appointment will be in the UK College of Engineering (, and will complement the expertise of our current faculty team affiliated with the First-Year Engineering program. The appointment is on a nine-month (academic year) basis, and is long-term renewable with satisfactory performance. The anticipated start date is July 18, 2024. To prepare for the Fall 2024 semester, one month of summer support will be offered and applicants must be available for preparation and training during summer 2024. Opportunities to teach and/or participate in research in future summer sessions for additional compensation may be available.

Duties will include teaching 10-12 classroom contact hours per week, office hours, grading, supervision of teaching assistants and development of course materials. Multiple sections of lecture and laboratory courses will be offered each semester. Course topics include introduction to the engineering profession, student success strategies, computer programming and software applications, hands-on hardware interface activities, teamwork and engineering project design. Lecturer positions do not have required research responsibility; however, interest or experience in engineering education research will be viewed favorably.

Lecturer applicants should hold at least a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) with one or more degrees (BS, MS or PhD) in engineering or computer science. Individuals with direct experience in embedded computer programming, engineering project design, and/or college-level engineering instruction are especially encouraged to apply. Prior engineering experience in industry is also welcome. Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills, a teamwork orientation, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate engineering education through active learning, design projects and hands-on activities to supplement lectures.

To apply, please submit the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Personal statement detailing teaching philosophy and experience, technical interests, and prior industrial experience (upload under Specific Request 1)
  • Contact information for at least three references

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Professor Douglass Kalika, Director of the First-Year Engineering Program ( 

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

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