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Department of Engineering Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Engineering Education (EngE) at Virginia Tech.  EngE ( is home to an outstanding first-year engineering program and a premier PhD program in engineering education. The department has a total of 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty and 8 non-tenure-track instructional faculty, 6 advisors, and 6 staff members; it serves approximately 2200 first-year and transfer students in its General Engineering program and 35 graduate students in its doctoral program.  EngE faculty collaborate nationally and internationally to develop and implement cutting edge research in engineering education. Current faculty research areas include diversity and inclusion, approaches to teaching, design and evaluation, data analytics, understanding learning processes, and change management.

The successful candidate will provide leadership, vision, and management for the EngE faculty, staff, students, and programs to further elevate the national and international contributions and reputation of the department.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding of the role and mission of the department, and will also provide leadership and guidance in implementing engineering education research-driven pedagogy within EngE and other engineering departments in the college.

Candidates must hold a doctorate in engineering, engineering education, or a closely-related field and must qualify for tenure at the rank of professor. In addition, candidates should have achieved distinction in university-level teaching and research and should have an established record of scholarship, administrative ability, and academic leadership. Applicants are expected to demonstrate understanding of the field of engineering education, and to articulate a vision for the future of engineering education as a field of research and practice.

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering is internationally recognized for its excellence across its 12 departments; U.S. News and World Report ranks the undergraduate program 16th and its graduate program 21st in the nation. The College provides approximately 8,000 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students with innovative curricula focused on hands-on, minds-on education. With annual research expenditures of approximately $229 million, the College ranked 8th in the most recent National Science Foundation report.

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is ranked among the nation’s best universities by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech has strong commitments to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining a work and learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Applications must be submitted online to for posting number TR0160107. Applicant screening will begin November 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a personal statement (maximum three pages) describing the applicant’s leadership style, vision for the Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Education, and vision for the field of engineering education, and (iii) names and contact information for five references. References will only be contacted for those candidates who are being considered for on-campus interviews.

Please direct inquiries and nominations to

Marie C. Paretti, Chair, EngE Department Head Search Committee, 357 Goodwin Hall, MC 0218, Blacksburg, VA 24061

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The Department of Engineering Education (EngE) at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a non-tenure-track regular faculty position as Professor of Practice in Engineering Education at any rank. Applications are invited from individuals dedicated to undergraduate teaching and student engagement. Candidates are sought with experience teaching and developing courses in engineering problem solving, design, and professionalism at the first and second year level. Evidence of ability to contribute to emergent directions of the department, including design education, entrepreneurship, and global engineering, is welcome. Experience with teaching applications of software tools (including CAD, spreadsheets, computational programming, and/or data acquisition) is desirable.

Responsibilities will include teaching of up to 12 credit hours per semester in first-year engineering or an equivalent combination of teaching and course development. Opportunities for supplemental summer teaching assignments are possible.

Qualifications for this position include either a Ph.D. in an engineering field or an M.S. in an engineering field coupled with substantial industry experience that includes design. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively teach engineering courses at the undergraduate level.

EngE ( is home to an outstanding first-year engineering program that engages students with an innovative curriculum that provides a hands-on, minds-on approach to engineering education. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and to maintaining a work and learning environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. It is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution.

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please submit by January 1, 2017. The desired start date for the position is August 10, 2017.

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Engineering Education at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
Engineering Education (MC 0218)
345 Goodwin Hall
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, Va 24061
(540) 231-6555
Fax (540) 231-6903