The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at USD invites applications for a cluster of faculty to fill positions in engineering and computer science. We seek faculty who are interested in developing changemaking solutions to address humanity's most urgent challenges such as those identified in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Changemaking efforts require the contributions of people having diverse experiences and perspectives, so we are hiring a cluster of faculty who are interested in this work.
We endeavor to build a cohort of teacher-scholars who enjoy working with undergraduate students and can create meaningful, inclusive, and equitable learning experiences for all students within a liberal arts institution. We welcome candidates who are committed to excellence in reflective multicultural and inclusive teaching practices, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity. Successful candidates will develop and teach courses in the first year (including design or computational problem-solving) and capstone experiences, as well as major and elective courses in their home department. Tenure-track faculty should expect to work closely with undergraduate students through teaching and major advising.
The cluster is expected to include candidates from electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science and may include candidates from other engineering disciplines. Specific departmental needs and requirements are described below.
We are committed to continuing to build a diverse faculty and strongly encourage applications from women and other minoritized candidates. We are particularly interested in faculty who look forward to interdisciplinary collaborations.
The computer science department supports an undergraduate program in computer science with approximately 120 majors, as well as an embedded software concentration in the undergraduate Integrated Engineering program. Our CS majors are highly-engaged and actively contribute to the mission of the department and the University. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to learn the technical skills, global perspective, social awareness and leadership ability needed to become change-making computer scientists. Successful candidates to the Computer Science department should hold a PhD in Computer Science or related field.
Preference will be given to candidates who are committed to outstanding teaching in a liberal arts setting as well as to developing and sustaining an active undergraduate-oriented research program. Additional preference will be given to candidates who are committed to advancing the university mission in issues of justice and care of our common home, who are able to establish and maintain industry ties, can contribute to senior capstone projects, are excited about undergraduate teaching, and have a commitment to working with diverse populations. We seek candidates from all areas of specialization, but especially those who would complement our strengths in cyber security, HCI, and machine learning and data mining. Candidates able to work across disciplinary boundaries and within a collaborative environment are especially encouraged to apply.
The engineering program at the University of San Diego was founded with the launch of its Electrical Engineering department. It is the oldest department with approximately 100 majors. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry and research programs across the country, and our students are actively engaged and contribute to the mission of the department and the University. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to become Changemaking engineers and leaders in their communities.
Successful candidates should have at least a doctorate in Computer or Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment for a tenure-track position, or at least 10 years of industry experience and a bachelors in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field for a contract position. Candidates from all areas in computer and electrical engineering are encouraged to apply, with particular interest in embedded systems, digital systems, and integrated circuits and systems. In addition to teaching, candidates will be expected to develop an active research program as a faculty scholar working to solve real world problems, and would be encouraged to involve undergraduate students in their research.
We encourage applications from candidates who are interested in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries within a collaborative environment in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and automation, bioX, and smart power systems; and in addressing the challenges present in the nexus of energy, water, food and health.
The Integrated Engineering Department, founded in 2016, has developed a cross-disciplinary curriculum that infuses themes of social justice and sustainability into engineering. Integrated Engineering helps students who want to tackle the world’s most complicated interdisciplinary problems to develop a sociotechnical mindset for designing a sustainable future. The curriculum consists of two parts: 1) a broad technical foundation to prepare students for a range of engineering professions and 2) a concentration that will give students subject matter expertise in a particular area. All Integrated Engineering students must choose a concentration as a part of the major. Concentrations currently include sustainability, biomedical engineering, embedded software, engineering and the law, and an individual plan of study. Successful candidates to the Integrated Engineering department should hold a PhD in any field of engineering (including engineering education).
The Integrated Engineering Department seeks faculty who enjoy teaching undergraduate students within a liberal arts institution and who display a strong commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity, value both teaching and scholarship in service to the greater good, are comfortable working across engineering disciplines, and are interested in reimagining engineering education to address issues of social justice. Faculty joining the department should expect to teach in the first-year design sequence or capstone design, teach major-specific (GENG prefix) courses, and/or develop and teach elective courses for one (or more) concentration area(s). The ability to connect scholarly interests to issues facing society is valued. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in environmental engineering or biomedical engineering, though any interested candidate is encouraged to apply.
The Mechanical Engineering Department supports an undergraduate program in mechanical engineering with approximately 200 students. Our faculty is devoted to challenging and inspiring students to learn the technical and hands-on skills, local and global perspectives, social awareness, and leadership ability needed to become changemaking mechanical engineers. Our mechanical engineering students are highly-engaged and actively contribute to the mission of the Department and the University.
Successful candidates should have a doctorate in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field at the time of employment for a tenure-track position, or at least 10 years of relevant experience and a bachelors in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field for a contract position. Candidates from all areas of mechanical engineering are encouraged to apply, including, but not limited to the thermal sciences, mechanics, materials, design, manufacturing, sustainability (energy, water, food), or biomechanics areas. Candidates should have a passion for teaching at all levels of the program, including our first-year engineering, senior capstone, and hands-on laboratory sequences as well as student advising and mentoring; and a commitment to advancing the university mission in justice and care of our common home. In addition to teaching, candidates will be expected to develop an active research program as a faculty scholar working to solve real world problems and would be encouraged to involve undergraduate students in their research. We encourage applications from candidates who are interested in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries within a collaborative environment.
Special Conditions of Employment:
The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/
Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.