The School of Engineering at Rice University seeks unique and energetic applicants for a non-tenure track faculty appointment with a full-time focus on undergraduate engineering design education at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). The OEDK provides undergraduate engineering students with ready access to design tools, prototyping equipment, computational facilities, meeting rooms and ample space for prototype design and development. Classes and programs at the OEDK challenge students to solve real-world design challenges brought to them by clients. OEDK offers courses for students from freshman through senior year that are part the Engineering Design minor. In addition, OEDK supports other courses within the School of Engineering that have embedded engineering design components. The OEDK is also a hub of activity and a social center for undergraduate engineering student creativity, clubs, and experimentation through its programs and resources. Specifically we are looking for an individual who is passionate about undergraduate teaching, has a rich experience in engineering design, and is highly motivated to contribute to a dynamic and growing academic maker-space.
We believe that a diversity of personal backgrounds yields improved educational, social and research results. Therefore, we seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and to build a more inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.
The position will involve teaching engineering design in several sections and/or courses to undergraduate students each semester. Specific duties are expected to include some combination of teaching or co-teaching hands-on core and elective undergraduate engineering design courses to support the Engineering Design Minor. Teaching topics may include:
ENGI 120 (or ENGI 220 or FWIS 188) – Introduction to Engineering Design
ENGI 200 – Engineering Design Studio
ENGI 210 – Prototyping and Fabrication
ENGI 300 – Engineering Design Workshop
ENGI 301 – Introduction to Practical Electrical Engineering
ENGI 350 – Problem Identification and Implementation
ENGI 355 – Digital and Computer Aided Design
Woven throughout our courses, faculty at the OEDK support student learning by:
Developing and running authentic design projects from industrial sponsors, community members, and faculty
Mentoring students on:
Design, fabrication, and testing of product prototypes
Communication- written, oral and visual
Providing personalized academic advising for students
Participating in course assessment and Engineering Design minor activities
OEDK faculty have the opportunity to participate and/or lead OEDK summer programs such as:
Summer Experience in Engineering Design (SEED)
Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP)- Engineering design component
International - Summer Experience in Engineering Design (iSEED)
About Rice University
Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston's dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center, which provides many opportunities for collaborations. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.
Rice also works hard to achieve diversity in its students, staff and faculty, in gender, race, ethnic and economic backgrounds. This is reflected, for example, in the following ethnic distribution of domestic students: 34% Asian American, 34% Caucasian, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 8.7% African American and 6% multiracial. It helps that Rice is located in the most ethnically diverse city in the US, but we also create a nurturing environment that celebrates our diversity.
The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.
A PhD degree in engineering or a related field is required. Prior experience teaching undergraduate students is preferred. Individuals with practical electronics and/or industry experience (e.g., design and manufacturing, project management, regulatory requirements, engineering and/or commercial development) as well as recent PhD graduates are encouraged to apply. Candidates with deep experience in prototyping, working with engineering design teams, and building or using academic maker-spaces are particularly encouraged. Competitive applicants will also exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills in addition to demonstrating a deep passion for undergraduate engineering teaching and related pedagogy. Position title and compensation will be commensurate with experience.
To apply for the position, candidates are to submit the following to the posting:
C.V., including relevant teaching experiences
Teaching philosophy statement (1-2 pg)
Statement of long-term plans
Outline and syllabus of a proposed engineering design related course
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.