Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor / Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice - Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University of Denver in Denver, Colorado

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Job Description:

DU is the oldest and largest private, independent university in the Rocky Mountain Region. DU's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU is an R1 research university with very high research activity and an exceptional commitment to its undergraduate and graduate students.

Recently, the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) moved into a new $63M building housing state-of-the-art research and instructional laboratories, classrooms, offices, and innovation spaces. The Ritchie School has research strengths in biomechanics, robotics, unmanned systems, advanced materials and structures, machine learning, controls, and sensor systems with support from industry and federal sources. The MME Department offers the following degrees: BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MS and PhD in Materials Science, and MS in Bioengineering. Our undergraduate students complete a rigorous, comprehensive core curriculum in addition to a deep, hands-on immersion in their technical curricula.

Denver, the Mile-High City, consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States. Denver's economy is rapidly growing and diversifying, with strengths in the aerospace, healthcare, financial tech, telecommunications, and IT-software sectors. Our region features a dry climate with 300+ days of sunshine annually and surprisingly mild winters. The nearby Rocky Mountains provide beautiful views and abundant recreational opportunities year-round. The city of Denver is home to several major league sports teams, diverse neighborhoods, and strong cultural and food scenes.

For more information about the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit:

Position Summary

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the University of Denver (DU) is building an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff with a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). We invite applications for a full-time non-tenure-track visiting faculty position, either as Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor or Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice. The position is for the 2022-2023 academic year and begins on September 1, 2022. The appointment will be made for a nine-month position only.

The successful applicant will have a passion for teaching and a demonstrated ability to effectively teach undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses. Duties include six quarter-based courses per year, advising students, and participating in department and university service. This position does not require research. We seek exceptional faculty who engage students inside and outside the classroom, deliver active and hands-on learning experiences; and authentically support our DEI mission.

Applicants with an earned PhD will be eligible for hire as a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor. Teaching faculty are expected to pursue excellence in the classroom using effective pedagogy, implementing inclusive practices, and demonstrating continuous improvement of teaching practices

Alternatively, applicants with significant industry experience can be hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice. The Professor of the Practice series is designed to provide students with connections to the profession of engineering. Experience with the engineering design process, systems engineering and managing technical projects is required.

The University of Denver's institutional DEI action plan can be found here. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, veterans, or any other legally protected group. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University of Denver also recognizes the importance of protecting personal privacy. Read our Privacy Policy, including notifications for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • A passion for teaching and an ability to teach undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses.

Required Qualifications
  • Teaching experience in a college or university setting.
  • A Master's degree in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, or related field.
  • Relevant industry experience, if applying for the Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and a teamwork mindset.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD or terminal degree in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with culturally responsive teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.
  • Experience with the engineering design process.
  • Experience in mentoring and student advising.

Application Deadline

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by May 20, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. If you have questions about this position, please contact Peter Laz at

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000- $75,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate's sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
  • A cover letter detailing your qualifications and your interest in the position
  • A current CV
  • A statement on teaching describing ways you would contribute to our undergraduate and potentially graduate programs in the MME Department (1 page)
  • A statement describing your experience in enhancing DEI through your work and vision for promoting an inclusive experience at DU (1 page)
  • (Optional) - Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course evaluations, peer observations)
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references

  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non-discrimination-statement.

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

    Advertised: May 06, 2022
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