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Director of First-Year Engineering Program

University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications from accomplished individuals with an earned PhD or equivalent degree in engineering to be Director of our First-Year Engineering Program ( starting Fall 2018. This is a tenured/tenure-stream, associate or full professor rank position. The Director position involves: first year curriculum content, pedagogy, and improvements; coordination with faculty teaching in the program and related departments (e.g., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry); coordination of the first year seminar; and first year research conference. We wish to recruit an individual with strong accomplishments in disciplinary and/or engineering education research, who has an established pedagogical track record in working with undergraduate engineering students. Candidates must be committed to contributing to high quality education of a diverse student body at the undergraduate level.

Located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh is a top-five institution in terms of NIH funding and ninth in terms of NSF funding. Princeton Review ranks the university as one of the ‘200 Colleges That Pay You Back,’ and Kiplinger rates the university as one of the ‘100 Best Values in Public Education’ and the ‘Top Value in Pennsylvania’ for a 12th straight year. US News and World Report ranks the university 24th ‘Top Public Schools’ and 47th ‘Best Global Research Universities.’ The university was recently deemed the ‘Best Public University in the Northeast’ according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

The Swanson School of Engineering, consistently ranked among the top programs in the country, has outstanding research and educational programs. US News and World Report ranks the engineering school 50th ‘Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs’. The school hosts six engineering departments and awards ten undergraduate engineering degrees. The undergraduate and graduate student populations are 3,000 and 950, respectively. Student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Approximately 45% of our undergraduate engineering students participate in Co-Op and 42% of our graduating class has had an international education experience.

Interested individuals should send the following as a single, self-contained PDF attachment via email to (1) cover letter, (2) complete CV (including funding record, if applicable), (3) teaching statement, (4) assessments of teaching/learning (if not included in CV), (5) pedagogical innovations (if applicable) and (6) names and complete contact information of at least four references. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 31, 2018. However, applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The Swanson School of Engineering is strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from these groups to apply for the position.


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The university affirms and actively promotes the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected class.