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University of Kansas Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice


Aerospace Engineering

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

80% Teaching

Develop and teach undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering. Teaching faculty are expected to meet all class sessions consistent with the responsible conduct of their assigned class. Teaching faculty develop and update syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, test questions, tests, and web-based material, and assist in the development and implementation of technology and student-centered pedagogies. They hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught, supervise Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Undergraduates that may assist in their classes, and adhere to department, School, and university policies and procedures. Effective teaching is monitored by student evaluations, peer reviews, and alumni responses and surveys. Participate in undergraduate student academic advising.

10% Service

Perform service for the Department, School, University, and professional societies. Participate in ABET accreditation activities within the department including but not limited to the development of assessment methods for student projects and learning outcomes. All teaching faculty members are expected to advise and mentor undergraduate students.

10% Research

Work with Aerospace Engineering faculty members to develop proposals for curriculum development and/or engineering pedagogy, and assist in curriculum and course transformation, and program assessment. This includes partnering with faculty members to teach and implement creative and effective mechanisms for improving student learning, engagement, and retention, especially in large introductory courses. Author or co-author journal articles and papers in conference proceedings on topics relating to engineering education, or relating to student outcomes in course activities.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Conditions of Employment:

Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants:

Amy Borton


Position Number:


Required Qualifications:

For Assistant Professor-of-the-Practice: M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related discipline.

  • At least five years of industrial experience in the United States, or foreign offices of US-based companies, after the B.S. degree; OR at least three years of engineering teaching experience.

  • At least two years of experience with MATLAB/Simulink, Python, or C/C++ programming.

  • A commitment to student success, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to inspire and retain our students, as evidenced by a statement of teaching.

  • Strong organizational skills as demonstrated by a record of growing responsibility in industry, or by successful prior experience in teaching.

  • Effective communication skills as demonstrated in the application materials and during the interview process.

For Associate Professor-of-the Practice, all of the above and the following:

  1. Total of fifteen years of professional experience past the B.S. degree, or seven years of engineering teaching experience.

Employee Class:


Advertised Salary Range:

Minimum $72,000; Commensurate with experience



Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering, or closely-related discipline.

  2. Recent experience in teaching engineering courses in higher education.

  3. Experience in experimental aerodynamics and/or flight test

  4. One or more years of experience with LabVIEW or typical experimental test and instrumentation hardware and software.

Position Overview:

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor-of-the-Practice. All Professor of the Practice positions, regardless of rank, are non-tenured positions appointed for a three-year limited term period with possible renewal. Each year, the term of appointment will be 9 months at 100% FTE, with up to three months of summer support possible from grant support, additional summer courses, or targeted investments for growth initiatives, such as distance learning. The appointment is contingent upon funding. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses including, but not limited to, fluid mechanics, aircraft aerodynamics and performance, and computing (MATLAB, and potentially Python or C++). The successful candidate may also teach our cornerstone introductory course, which is currently a systems-oriented design-build-fly experience. Each of these courses requires a commitment to student success, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, to inspire and retain our students. Future teaching assignments may also include instrumentation laboratories and technical electives, depending on department needs and individual experience.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering currently has 13 faculty members, approximately 365 undergraduate, and 45 graduate students, with programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. KU is a comprehensive educational and research-intensive AAU institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system, with approximately 30,000 students and 2,800 faculty members. Opened in 1866, KU’s main campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, occupying 1000 acres on Mount Oread in Lawrence, a thriving city of 96,000, located 30 minutes west of Kansas City in the forested hills of eastern Kansas.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete online application will include:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Names and contact information for three professional references

  • A statement of teaching philosophy

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:

  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application review begins July 14, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received.