Sweet Briar College — Associate or Full Professor of Engineering

Sweet Briar College, a women’s college increasingly defined by innovation, has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates to address the challenges facing our world. Faculty are committed to cultivating the habits of mind—in problem solving, decision making, and creativity—that are critical for leaders. These values are embedded in the College’s institutional vision and supported by our confidence that academic excellence, small classes, and dedication to empowering young women will position Sweet Briar and its graduates to thrive. 

Sweet Briar is one of two women’s colleges in the United States offering an ABET-accredited engineering degree program and the college has been highly successful in preparing women for careers and graduate programs in engineering. The Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program is a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College. 

Job Title: Associate or full Professor of Engineering

Classification:  Full-time, three-year, benefits eligible faculty position with the possibility of long-term extension

Reports To: STEM Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:
Sweet Briar College invites applications for an experienced full-time engineering faculty member. The successful candidate will be an experienced, engaged scholar-teacher and have a strong commitment to undergraduate education and research.  In addition to teaching a variety of courses and laboratories that lead to our B.S. in Engineering Science, the incumbent will have opportunities to support and provide direction to the overall mission of the Engineering Program and our Center for Excellence in Science Technology and Engineering. Individuals with experience in developing innovative, cross-disciplinary initiatives within the wider community, and in attracting outside funding are encouraged to apply.

The College’s academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make contributions to our women’s leadership core curriculum.  Institutional support for research is available and includes internal faculty grants and an honors summer research program. We seek collaborative candidates that are eager to enthusiastically contribute to the program’s efforts to recruit women into engineering and to support the development of our engineering students.  

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.  The normal teaching load is 3:3.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or closely related field;
  • Experience in developing programming and attracting external funding
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching;
  • Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching and service; and
  • Excellent communication skills 

How to Apply:
To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: https://sbc.edu/human-resources/faculty-staff-job-openings/. All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; and 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. Items should be in a single PDF file. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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