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Assistant Professor of Engineering

Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington 99251
Job Type:
Employee, Contract
Job Status:
Full Time
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Job Details

assistant professor of engineering

college of arts and sciences

department of engineering and physics

full-time, tenure track

start date: july 1, 2018


Application review begins September 18, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.


The Institution

Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth’s mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. This mission is carried out by a community of Christian scholars committed to excellent teaching and to the integration of faith and learning.


The Department

The purpose of the Department of Engineering and Physics is to provide our students with an academically rigorous education in physics and engineering. This education takes place in a context of committed Christian faith, intellectual challenge, and holistic mentoring. Through a foundation in physics and engineering as well as professional communication and ethics, we prepare students for lives of meaningful work in which they will explore the laws of the natural world that God has made and will design solutions to meet the needs of humanity.


The department currently has five tenured or tenure-track faculty and one full-time lecturer. We graduate 15-20 undergraduate students each year. We currently offer two options in engineering: a B.S. in Engineering and an engineering degree through our dual degree (3-2) partnership program with four major research universities. We are pursuing ABET accreditation for the B.S. in Engineering following the graduation of the first cohort in May 2021. The department also offers degrees in physics and has a track record of placing students into top graduate programs.


Responsibilities and Related Duties

The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to Whitworth’s mission, strong teaching skills, an emerging record of scholarship, and a commitment to institutional service. The typical teaching load is two courses and two associated laboratories per semester, and a January term course. The primary teaching responsibilities for this position include electric circuit analysis (with lab), semiconductor electronic devices (with lab), and signals & systems. Depending on the candidate and the needs of the department, additional teaching responsibilities may include the dual enrollment (engineering and physics) electromagnetic theory course, mathematical methods, and the interdisciplinary, team-taught, university-wide course in public policy and ethics. A course in a candidate-selected area of electrical engineering may be offered in alternate January terms. Finally, a departmental research endowment will provide some course release for candidates who pursue scholarly activity that involves undergraduates throughout the academic year.  


Scholarly activity aimed at remaining active and current in one’s discipline is expected of all faculty members at Whitworth. A startup package will be provided to support candidates in establishing a research program capable of resulting in peer-reviewed and publically-disseminated publications as well as involving undergraduates. Candidates should demonstrate the initiative necessary to leverage this to receive external funding, with the support of Whitworth’s Sponsored Program’s Office.


Participation in departmental activities, academic advising, faculty governance, service to the profession, and service to the community is expected. A particular focus of service for this new hire will be supporting the growth of the B.S. in Engineering and assisting in the steps required for accreditation review by ABET.


qualifications, skills, and abilities

  • Ph.D. or ABD by July 2018 in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field.

  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.

  • Demonstrated potential for effective college-level teaching.

  • Record of peer-reviewed and publicly-disseminated scholarship.

  • Ability and initiative to engage in scholarly activity that will result in peer-reviewed and publically-disseminated scholarship.

  • Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives.

  • Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the proposed term of employment.

  • A commitment to equal opportunity.

  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.

  • Employment offer is contingent on a successful background check, including education verification.


Application Process

The following documents are required to complete the online application form at

  1. A letter of interest that relates your education and experience to the required qualifications of the position

  2. Your curriculum vitae

  3. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three or more professional references

  4. Your graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial)

  5. Three recent student course evaluations (if they are unavailable instead submit a note of explanation)

  6. A short personal essay characterizing your Christian faith (for expanded guidelines, please see

  7. A statement of plans for scholarly activity

  8. A short essay describing evidenced-based practices for increasing the numbers of underrepresented students in engineering


Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Markus Ong (

Please direct questions about the application process to Human Resources at




Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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