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Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Cluster Hire Announcement

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego (USD) invites applications for a cluster of faculty positions in engineering and computer science related to design thinking. We are particularly interested in the application of design thinking to the fields of intelligent systems, computational biology, software engineering or healthcare including bioengineering. 

We endeavor to build a cohort of teacher-scholars who will advance the reputation of USD in the areas of design, intelligent systems, healthcare and related engineering and computing practice. It is anticipated that these faculty members will work within engineering and across campus to build faculty/student collaborations and promote interdisciplinary strength related to design thinking. They will also create and develop courses that provide students with opportunities to practice authentic design including developing empathy, identifying user needs, defining design challenges, ideating, prototyping, implementation, and testing. 

USD provides a high quality undergraduate education by emphasizing small classes and a high level of faculty-student interaction. The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has recently ranked among the top 12 programs at non-PhD granting institutions by U.S. News & World Report. The school currently houses undergraduate engineering programs in electrical engineering, general engineering (with developing focus areas in embedded software engineering, environmental engineering, and bioengineering), industrial & systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MS degree in cyber security engineering. Candidates should have technical expertise in a disciplinary area associated with the degrees offered.

We have a preference for hiring at the assistant professor level, although other academic ranks, including professors of practice, will be considered. We anticipate that these positions will start in the fall of 2018.

The successful candidates will:
• Hold a PhD in engineering, engineering education, computing or a related discipline, 
• Have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research and mentoring undergraduates,
• Have demonstrated ability to mentor student design experiences in their discipline.

USD, an independent Catholic university, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to achieving excellence, diversity and inclusion in its faculty, students and environment.

For additional information please contact Lorena Silvas at

To apply, go to and search for IRC24200. Please submit by December 15, 2017.
• Your curriculum vitae.
• Statement of teaching philosophy.
• Statement of research interests and plans.
• Statement of experience and interests in design thinking.

Mechanical Engineering Details
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking motivated individuals with demonstrated experience and skills in mechanical design, prototyping, and system integration. The faculty candidate will be expected to teach capstone design as well as typical mechanical engineering courses and conduct research in the candidate’s specialty areas.  A PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline is required, industry experience throughout the product development cycle a plus. We have a preference for hiring at the assistant professor level, although other academic ranks, including professors of practice, will be considered.

Computer Science Details
The computer science department at USD supports an undergraduate program in computer science, an embedded software concentration in the undergraduate general engineering program, and a masters program in cyber security engineering.  Candidates should have a commitment to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active research program. Our department is student-centered, and so we seek applicants willing to foster close student-faculty interactions, both inside and outside of the classroom, and promote undergraduate research. We are interested in candidates whose scholarship and teaching will complement and broaden our program, and we encourage candidates in all areas of specialization to apply.

General Engineering
The General Engineering department at te University of San Diego is seeking to hire a tenure track faculty member to broaden the disciplinary expertise of our department. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in environmental engineering and/or bioengineering, though any interested candidate is encouraged to apply. This position is part of a cluster hire in which several new faculty members will be joining the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Successful applicants for a position in the General Engineering department will:

● Hold a PhD in any field of engineering (including engineering education)
● Have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research
● Have demonstrated ability to mentor student design experiences
● Be comfortable working across engineering disciplines
● Be interested in reimagining engineering education to address issues of social justice

The General Engineering department, founded in 2016, is currently developing a new cross disciplinary curriculum that infuses themes of social justice into engineering. We strive to graduate students who understand that engineering is an inherently socio-technical enterprise. 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. Faculty joining the department will have a unique opportunity to shape a new curriculum from the ground up. We are committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates.