Cornell College
  • 12-Oct-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Full Time

Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Engineering beginning August 2022. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in an engineering field by September 2022. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in mechanical, industrial, or aerospace engineering who are able to teach courses with a focus on design, manufacturing, and materials.

This position will support our growing, ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. Our engineering degree is integrated with Cornell's Ingenuity core curriculum and builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule, in which faculty members teach and students take one course at a time in month-long terms. Cornell's engineering program is distinguished by the integration of hands-on design projects in a majority of our engineering courses.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

Cornell College is committed to excellence in teaching. Our mentoring program supports faculty members in developing into excellent teachers. The Department of Physics and Engineering seeks individuals committed to excellence, inclusion, and innovation in undergraduate engineering education with an emphasis on hands-on projects within a liberal arts context. The ideal candidate will be able to teach core engineering courses as well as upper-level courses that appeal to a broad spectrum of undergraduate engineering interests and majors.

About Cornell College

Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, 19 division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from 45 states and 13 foreign countries to Cornell. External endorsements include selection as one of the original Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, a Kiplinger's best value in liberal arts colleges, and one of only 290 U.S. colleges with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa (Iowa City-Cedar Rapids) region.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Physics and Engineering, please visit the website here.

Any questions can be directed to Prof. Derin Sherman at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.

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