Job ID: 199979

Professor and Director of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute

University of Georgia

  • Nov. 21, 2022
  • Professor and Director of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute
  • Engineering Education Transformations Institute
  • University of Georgia
    Athens, GA
  • Open Until Filled
  • August 2023
  • Professor
  • Education Systems & Design
    Engineering - Other

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is seeking an exceptional leader as Director of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute.


This position will be an academic (9-month), tenured appointment at the Professor level, starting on August 1, 2023, and will have the opportunity to supplement salary during the summer.


Candidates considered for the position must have qualifications and academic credentials that are commensurate with the promotion and tenure guidelines at the University of Georgia. These guidelines can be found at the College of Engineering Criteria for Promotion and Tenure.


The Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) at UGA is a cross-cutting research institute that supports research and development in engineering education and builds capacity among faculty to develop, use, and examine effective and innovative pedagogical techniques. EETI is uniquely positioned within the College of Engineering and thus offers exceptional opportunities for innovative, empirically grounded educational research that is rooted in educational practice and has a direct impact on students, faculty, and curricula. EETI is committed to the integration of engineering education research and practice by coupling its growing engineering education Ph.D. program with comprehensive faculty and graduate student development programs that foster engineering education excellence and educational research across the college. EETI’s model and efforts build on transforming engineering education through building communities and shared capacity around the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering. Thus, the strength of EETI’s efforts, and of the EETI community, is grounded in a shared commitment to celebrating diversity, embracing collaboration as our mode of operating, and valuing individual strengths and interests.


EETI plays a vital role in the enhancement of our educational programs, professional development of our students, staff, and faculty, and achievement of our goals to create more diverse, inclusive, and equitable programs across our college.


As leader of the Engineering Education Transformations Institute, the Director will:

  1. Work with a dynamic team of tenure-track and professional-track faculty to shape, advance, and uphold EETI’s mission, vision, and values as a uniquely positioned engineering education center.
  2. Direct EETI activities in consultation with faculty and other EETI
  3. Develop collaborative partnerships with organizations and individuals across the college and UGA campus to aid EETI in achieving its goals.
  4. Develop capacity for envisioning and garnering funding for large-scale engineering education initiatives with potential for college-wide and national impact.
  5. Strategically cultivate EETI and engineering education research efforts through expansion of the graduate program and the research portfolio, thus enhancing EETI’s reputation and impact in the national and international engineering education community.

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  1. Liaise between EETI and the school and college leadership. Advocate for continued investment in the growth of both the research and educational development aspects of EETI’s mission. Provide periodic reports on EETI activities to college and university leadership and, when necessary, to external stakeholders.
  2. Strategize effective uses for newly implemented, state-of-the-art engineering education research and collaboration facilities.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University and the College of Engineering and this hiring initiative will make use of the best practices to ensure an inclusive search process. The College of Engineering has identified priority areas for investments in its Diversity and Inclusion Plan and has finalized a Diversity Strategic Plan as part of a campus-wide effort. The college also offers structured mentoring programs to support the professional development of all faculty.

Several programs exist to enhance the inclusiveness of our college, including a student-

led Engineering Equity Council and facilitated dialogue that promotes discourse on topics in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.


The successful candidate will join a rapidly growing engineering college that combines interdisciplinary research and scholarship with excellent instruction and service. The Institute is part of a fast-growing college that has over 130 full-time faculty and now enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four academic schools. Significant investments in infrastructure have resulted in an expansion of laboratory facilities for research and scholarship as well as new classrooms and instructional labs. Our main instructional facility has undergone a complete renovation to create flexible classrooms that enable a range of teaching modalities and interdisciplinary laboratory instruction. The common instructional facilities also foster the cultivation and intermingling of diverse perspectives, as they allow faculty, staff, and students to interact and collaborate in a single facility.


Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in engineering, engineering education, or a related discipline. A strong record of research, scholarship, and instruction that is commensurate with appointment as a tenured, full professor and aligned with the areas of research and scholarship associated with this position; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a focus on interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses critical societal challenges.


Relevant/Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 1 year of experience cultivating and managing an engineering graduate program;
  • At least 1 year of experience leading teams of faculty in a way that promotes both the development of programs/initiatives and the professional growth of team members; and
  • At least 1 year of experience liaising with college and university leaders on a variety of issues, including the acquisition of resources, management of budgets, communication of impacts, and advocacy for initiatives.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to garner substantial extramural resources for collaborative engineering education projects or initiatives;
  • Knowledge of current and pressing issues in engineering education;



  • Skills in cultivating collaborative, creative, and productive teams that center diverse voices and perspectives on interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses critical societal challenges;
  • Familiarity with graduate education and faculty affairs in the context of a research-intensive public university; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship, teaching, and/or service endeavors.


Application Procedure

To apply, please submit applications at:


Applicants are asked to submit the following information along with their application:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter (not to exceed two pages) addressing the candidate’s leadership style and experience and vision for EETI.
  • A statement describing the candidate’s commitment to diversity and the creation of an equitable and inclusive professional and academic environment.
  • A teaching statement not to exceed 2
  • A research statement highlighting interest in and contributions to engineering education, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • The names, titles, and contact information for three professional


Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. James Warnock (


All applications received by November 30, 2022 will receive full consideration.


About the College of Engineering and the Engineering Education Transformations Institute


The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is one of the fastest growing programs at UGA and one of the fastest growing public Colleges of engineering in the nation. Since our founding in 2012, enrollment in the College of Engineering has grown to over 4,000 students. Students and faculty alike are attracted to our setting in a comprehensive, land-grant, research institution that’s consistently ranked among the 20 best public universities in the nation. The rapidly expanding UGA engineering program focuses on opportunities for learning, discovery and innovation at the confluence of disciplines.


The Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) is building capacity for engineering education research and innovation through creative programs that cultivate community and shared learning experiences for faculty, students, and staff across the College of Engineering’s four schools. Additionally, EETI offers the state of Georgia’s first and only engineering education Ph.D. program, which currently houses seven graduate students, four tenure-track engineering education faculty members, and one professional-track faculty member. Through blending these two areas of programming, EETI comprises a unique engineering education center whose work creates national



impact through the creation and mobilization of local educational capacity. Additional information is available at


About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in

U.S. News S World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and

Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full- time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on

the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Contact Information

  • Dr. James Warnock
    Engineering Education Transformations Institute
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602

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