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Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Platteville
Categories: Engineering

Position Summary:

The Mechanical Engineering program is looking to fill multiple full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Mechanical Engineering. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate engineering courses and labs, research and scholarly activity, and service to the university and department.

The Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering department is dedicated to hands-on engineering education focused on interdisciplinary coursework and cross-disciplinary collaborations outside the classroom. We are a strong, student-centered program located in Southwest Wisconsin that prioritizes accessible undergraduate engineering education, effective teaching pedagogy, and dedication to an inclusive learning environment.

This 9-month tenure-track position has an anticipated starting salary is $72,000-$80,000.The University of Wisconsin System has a nationally top ranked retirement plan and a comprehensive benefits package. The department also provides relocation assistance, and the university has a Trailing Partners Engagement Program. The City of Platteville is a friendly rural community with affordable housing and convenient access to affordable healthcare.


The primary duty will be teaching undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering Program utilizing effective and inclusive pedagogy. Special consideration will be given for candidates with the ability to teach Measurement and Instrumentation Lab, Thermal Systems Lab, and engines courses. Faculty are also expected to participate in curriculum development, academic assessment, undergraduate research and scholarly activities, as well as university/community service. We offer opportunities such as setting up and developing lab material for a brand-new engine test cell and support a vibrant and competitive SAE student organization. Mechanical engineering faculty also serve as academic advisors and student group advisors in addition to community outreach activities. Faculty are expected to work with colleagues in the department and across campus to improve the diversity of the student body and provide a more inclusive educational experience for all. Additionally, faculty may have the opportunity to teach graduate level courses as part of our online MS Engineering program.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or a closely related field, earned by December 2024
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or related engineering field
  • Desire and ability to teach mechanical engineering (MECHENG) and general engineering (GENENG) courses. Please see the curriculum as listed in the catalog
  • Ability to engage effective and inclusive pedagogy to teach undergraduate students
  • Experience leading hands-on educational laboratory activities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Record of professional development, or willingness to develop in the area, related to teaching, research, or scholarly work.

To be considered for this position, applicants must respond to all required qualifications.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mechanical Engineering is the largest of UW-Platteville's ABET-accredited programs and the largest major on campus. It currently has 19 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 6 instructional academic staff, serves approximately 1,000 majors, and graduates approximately 190 students per year. The main program is housed on the UW-Platteville campus with an additional site at the UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities campus. While instruction is done in-person we also increasingly offer courses via online asynchronous modality.

We provide a hands-on, experiential engineering education and our graduates are in high demand throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and beyond. The department has long-standing relations with industrial partners throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Mechanical Engineering is housed in a new, state-of-the-art engineering building since fall 2022; more information about Sesquicentennial Hall is found here

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: January 5, 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy consisting of no more than two (2) pages detailing your instructional attitudes and pedagogical philosophy, including information on how you will provide an inclusive learning environment for all students
  • A list of UW-Platteville engineering courses you are interested in teaching
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.


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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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