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Assistant Professor of Teaching in Materials Science and Engineering

Application Window

Open date: October 8th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Nov 29, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire leading educators that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the College of Engineering announces an Assistant Professor of Teaching position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

This faculty member will join a department committed to student learning and success. This faculty member will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, particularly the two-course senior design sequence. Additionally, this person will oversee internships and projects for the one-year Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) program, develop industry connections to facilitate the senior design and M.Eng. activities, and redesign and teach undergraduate laboratory courses on a wide variety of topics.

The Assistant Professor of Teaching title (with an official title of Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE)) complements the research-focused Professor series at the University of California with an emphasis on excellence in teaching and student-centered efforts. Appointment conveys membership in the Academic Senate and, contingent upon promotion, security of employment that parallels tenure. Individuals holding the title are expected to be outstanding teachers, engage in professional development, and provide service to the Department and the University in the areas to include pedagogy, assessment, curricular innovation, and/or program accreditation.

The successful candidate will be will be an outstanding educator with a strong and demonstrable commitment to teaching. The department seeks candidates who are trained in some area of experimental materials science and engineering; candidates who have industry experience are especially desired.

As one of the country’s leading research universities, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for, or an exceptional record of, teaching and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) position with the official title Lecturer with the Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). LPSOEs are Academic Senate faculty members eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure.

Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

We desire candidates who demonstrate understanding of issues affecting underserved populations such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation students, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis’ strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. A successful candidate also will have an accomplished record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, professional activities, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

We encourage applicants to explore the College's and the Department’s websites. Please ensure the application materials show clearly how applicant history and experience match both the minimum and desirable qualifications stated above. We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our recruitment website for information on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This Statement and the Statement on Teaching will be used together in an initial review of applicants that is blind to applicant names, affiliation, and other parts of the application. Ensure the CV and Statements highlight available data, experience, and vision related to the Qualifications. For questions regarding this process, please contact the Search Committee (Chair Prof. Susan Gentry and Academic Personnel Coordinator Rebecca Saeteurn).

COVID-19: Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, campus in-person operations may change. Currently, UC Davis plans to return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year, though these plans are contingent upon Yolo County and campus policies. Please see https://campusready.ucdavis.edu/status for the most up to date information on campus operations. As a result, interviews, seminars, and additional consultations may occur via remote platforms, including zoom, to which we will provide access.

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline.

The University
Since 1908, UC Davis has been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100- plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. Additional information about UC Davis, its history, rankings, dedication to student success, environmental sustainability, and academic excellence is available here. Information regarding the diversity of our student body is located here.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, has 12 faculty members, one of whom is an Associate Professor of Teaching. The faculty are driven by cutting edge research and supportive teaching. Our department’s mission is to provide the highest quality of education and prepare a diverse group of students for successful careers by building a strong base of technical knowledge and professional ethics while advancing the frontiers of materials science and engineering through teaching, research, and outreach.

UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast- or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. In addition, the campus sponsors extensive programs in support of faculty relocation including the Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN), services designed to support new faculty as they transition to our campus.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Materials Science and Engineering, or a related field, is required and must have been awarded by the date of hire.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

We desire applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:

Experience in experimental techniques in materials science and engineering

Commitment to a career in teaching materials science and engineering as demonstrated by evidence of, or potential for, excellence in some or all of the following:

  • Teaching of engineering undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Engaging and supporting first-generation or under-represented students
  • Improving the materials science and engineering curricula
  • Innovating in instruction for positive effect
  • Developing new courses
  • Teaching project-focused courses
  • Facilitating student engagement with engineering industry
  • Supporting educational program certification through assessment, intervention, and continuous improvement

Evidence of and potential for engagement with professional networks (e.g., in teaching, pedagogy, engineering technology, or professional societies)

Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, professional activities, and service.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04490

Help contact: rssaeteurn@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, California