Faculty Position

Title of Position:
Associate Professor/Professor and Director, Engineering Programs (REPOST)

Full-time, 10-month faculty rank and status

School of Design and Engineering


Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) seeks an experienced, dynamic, collaborative leader and engineering educator with the credentials to direct our Engineering programs. At Jefferson, the engineering programs are an ABET-accredited BSE in Engineering; an ABET-accredited BSE in Mechanical Engineering; an MS in Textile Engineering; and a PhD in Textile Engineering and Sciences.

The Director and the engineering faculty sustain and grow enrollments at the undergraduate and graduate levels through recruitment, retention and program development strategies. The Director must be able to teach in multiple areas and all levels of the curriculum, as well as continue his or her research interests. Faculty research that engages undergraduate and graduate students is desirable. The Director will lead the accredited programs through the ABET continuous improvement and accreditation management processes.

The candidate’s research and scholarly accomplishments must qualify the person for appointment to the rank of Associate Professor/Professor with tenure. The finalist must demonstrate the credentials for tenure, according to the University’s modified tenure review process. The candidate must demonstrate a successful track record at the university-level as a teacher, scholar and administrator. The candidate must have sound organizational skills, be a strong communicator, a team player and relationship builder. An aptitude for professional and pedagogical engagement in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment is a must.

Education Required:
Research doctorate or foreign equivalent to a U.S. doctoral degree in Engineering or a closely related discipline. A background in biomedical engineering is a plus.

The Jefferson Engineering programs are comprised of an ABET-accredited BSE in Engineering; an ABET-accredited BSE in Mechanical Engineering; an MS in Textile Engineering; and a PhD in Textile Engineering and Sciences.

Application Procedures:
By February 16, 2018, submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; a statement of research interests; contact information for four references; and salary requirements to Dean Michael J. Leonard, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, School of Design and Engineering, Thomas Jefferson University, School House Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497. Electronic submissions accepted; submit a single PDF to KanbarCollegeJobs@PhilaU.edu.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) founded the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce in November 2010. In the formation of this new college, the University combined the School of Design, the School of Engineering and the School of Business to form an exciting new academic unit that focuses on teaching innovation, collaboration and leadership in the context of a student’s individual major in one of these three disciplines. This is an exciting new approach to a world-class professional education and is being watched, reported on and emulated by other institutions around the country and the world. This innovative interdisciplinary college is named for alumnus, inventor and entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar (’52, H’03), who donated $15 million in support of the new college. In addition, the University constructed the DEC Center to support Kanbar College’s innovative curriculum, which includes flexible space for studios, seminars, conferences and team projects, allowing teaching and work space to be reconfigurable as projects and curricula evolve. The 38,500-square-foot Center, built to LEED Gold standards, reinforces the integrated curriculum that pushes students to think beyond the boundaries of existing disciplines and focus on market-driven innovation through teamwork, collaboration and industry connections. The DEC Center received an Award of Merit in the category of Higher Education and Research from Engineering News-Record Mid Atlantic 2013 Best Projects.

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600 part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 30 countries. Now merged with Thomas Jefferson University, the East Falls campus is located on a 100-acre, park-like campus minutes from Center City Philadelphia, it offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts leading to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in Textile Engineering and Science. At Jefferson, we are focused on innovation and on providing students with an academic experience that will give them a real competitive advantage. We are preparing students to be leaders at every level of their careers through our unique academic approach, Nexus Learning—active and collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts.

Starting Date:
August 2018

Posting Date:
January 2018

Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.