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Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor, Engineering Technology

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Olathe
Posted on: November 13, 2023

Job Description:

Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor, Engineering Technology

Department: 3670053020 Applied Interdisplnary Studies

Job no: 516134

Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month

Location: Olathe, Kansas

Worksite: Hybrid eligible (partially remote, must reside in US)

Categories: Education / Instructional, Engineering

Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University Olathe (http://olathe.k-state.edu) invites applications and nominations for a new, 12-month, non-tenure track, Teaching Assistant or Associate Professor in Engineering Technology (commensurate with experience). This leadership position requires a visionary individual with an understanding of engineering technology disciplines, a track record of curriculum development, and a passion for guiding both students and faculty members toward academic and professional success. This position will have a primary focus on meeting the needs of regional manufacturers through targeted program offerings and strategic collaborations.

  • Program Development and Enhancement: Drive the continuous improvement of the Engineering Technology program with a clear focus on addressing the evolving needs of regional manufacturers. Shape the direction, curricula, and offerings to align with industry demands and emerging technological trends. Develop new courses and pathways that equip students with the skills sought by manufacturers.

  • Curriculum Design and Industry Alignment: Collaborate with department faculty and industry experts to design curriculum components that directly address the requirements of regional manufacturers. Ensure program offerings are closely aligned with industry standards, processes, and technologies.

  • Faculty Leadership and Development: Provide mentorship and support to faculty members within the Engineering Technology program. Foster a culture of teaching excellence and scholarly engagement. Encourage professional development opportunities that enhance industry-relevant expertise.

  • Student Success: Implement strategies to enhance student recruitment, retention, and engagement withing the Engineering Technology program. Forge strong connections between students and local manufacturers through internships, capstone projects, and industry-sponsored initiatives.

  • Industry Engagement and Partnerships: Cultivate and maintain robust partnerships with regional manufacturers, industry associations, and professional organizations. Collaborate on workforce development initiatives, training programs, and applied projects that address real-world challenges.

  • Community College Collaboration: Establish and nurture pathways for students transferring from local community colleges, ensuring that the curriculum aligns seamlessly with both institutions. Collaborate on curriculum articulation, credit transfer mechanisms, and streamlined education experiences.

  • Accreditation and Assessment: Collaborate with department faculty to maintain ABET accreditation while incorporating industry-specific performance metrics. Develop assessment methods that measure graduates' preparedness for careers in regional manufacturing.

  • Strategic Planning: Contribute to the department's strategic planning by providing insights into program growth, resource allocation, and emerging trends in engineering technology education as they relate to the manufacturing sector.

  • Collaborative Initiatives: Collaborate with other department faculty, academic administrators, and local industry partners on cross-disciplinary projects and initiatives that drive innovation and align with regional manufacturing needs.

    Why Join Us:

    Kansas State University has set a visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by 2025. In support of this goal, the Olathe campus was launched in April 2011 and is the third and newest campus of Kansas State University. Olathe is located in Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area. The campus embodies a unique vision jointly developed with regional community, government, industry, and university stakeholders for higher education partnership in an urban, innovative, industry centric and knowledge-based environment. The campus is a strategic partner of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle. The Kansas City metro area has a diversity of industries ranging from trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services, health, and education.
    The Olathe campus has a mandate in research and graduate education and currently offers eight programs at the master's and doctoral levels in horticulture, veterinary/biomedical sciences, and adult education. Growth of educational offerings at the campus will continue to evolve to meet workforce and industry demands through a variety of credit and non-credit bearing programs that address technical as well as transferable skills. Faculty and instructors at K-State Olathe represent a combination of resident and non-resident, full and part-time experts and adjuncts from the industry/government sectors. There are ten laboratories in research areas currently including sensory and consumer research, food safety, and post-harvest physiology of fruits/vegetables.
    Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

    We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

    Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

    Worksite Options:

    This position is eligible for hybrid worksite. Work is performed partially remote and partially on employer premises or designated assignment location. Visit this link for K-State's guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

    What You'll Need to Succeed:

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology, or related field
  • Significant industry experience

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Substantial experience in curriculum development and program leadership within the field of engineering technology.
    • Demonstrated track record of fostering student success, faculty development, and industry partnerships, particularly within the manufacturing sector.
    • Strong communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills for building and sustaining relationships with regional manufacturers and stakeholders.
    • Deep knowledge of industry trends, manufacturing processes and emerging technologies in engineering technology fields.
    • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program and broader academic community.
    • Proficiency in data analysis, assessment, and accreditation processes related to academic programs.

      Other Requirements:

      • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

        How to Apply:

        All correspondence will be considered in confidence, and nominations and inquiries are encouraged.
        Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter that includes specific information relevant to the applicant's ability to meet the qualifications (3-5 pages), a statement of teaching interests and goals, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references (title, mailing address, phone, and email). Application materials must be submitted online to be considered:
        Nominations and inquiries should be sent to Roberta Robinson, Manager, Human Resources, at robertar@ksu.edu or call (913)307-7316.
        Questions regarding the specifics of the position can be directed to Dr. Michael Banks, Interim Associate Dean and Search Committee Chair, at michaelbanks@ksu.edu.

        Screening of Applications Begins:

        October 23rd and continues until the position is filled.

        Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

        $75,000 - $100,000 annually

        Equal Employment Opportunity:

        Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

        Background Screening Statement:

        In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

        Advertised: Oct 10, 2023 Central Daylight Time

        Applications close: Open until filled

Keywords: Kansas State University, Olathe , Teaching Assistant/Associate Professor, Engineering Technology, Education / Teaching , Olathe, Kansas

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