Hope College — Open Rank Professor of Engineering

The Hope College Department of Engineering invites applications for a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position starting in August 2018.  The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering or a closely related field, a passion for undergraduate teaching, and a desire to conduct student-faculty collaborative research.

The Hope College engineering major is ABET accredited and offers a range of courses designed to prepare students for entry into engineering graduate school or the workplace.  We seek a colleague who will contribute ideas and energy to the development and strengthening of both courses and research in the thermal fluid sciences. The courses taught by the new faculty hire could include: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Conservation Principles, and possibly courses in chemical engineering topics such as Reaction Engineering, Separation Processes, Mass Transfer, and Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, or other mechanical engineering topics courses depending on the candidate’s background and areas of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program that is amenable to undergraduate student participation; startup funds will be provided to support this endeavor.

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Therefore, applications from qualified persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color, are especially welcomed. Hope College is an equal opportunity employer.


  • A Ph.D. in chemical or mechanical engineering or a closely related field
  • Promise as an innovative classroom instructor in the area of thermal fluid sciences or other appropriate engineering fields
  • Potential to establish an externally funded research program that actively engages undergraduate students in the scholarly research process
  • An interest in further developing the curriculum for students interested the thermal fluid sciences

Application Instructions
As part of the online application, applicants will be required to upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a description of research plans and how these might involve undergraduates, and a statement of teaching philosophy/competencies. In addition, please provide the contact information for three references on the application (including current email addresses). Those references will be contacted by Human Resources to submit a letter of recommendation. A subset of candidates will be invited to submit original undergraduate and graduate transcripts and a response to Hope College’s mission statement.

Applications received by December 1, 2017, will be assured full consideration.

About Hope College
Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to 3,200 undergraduate students from more than 40 states and 45 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings. Hope’s beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan and less than seven miles from Lake Michigan.

Hope College is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship and for providing exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip our students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Hope College is financially sound, with more than 50 consecutive years of balanced budgets, an endowment of approximately $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. The college completed its newest buildings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, in 2015 and will open the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center in 2017.

In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college’s mission, “to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.”