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Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Lecturer

Central College is hiring for a Lecturer of Electrical/Mechanical engineering in our Physics Department beginning August 2016 as a non-tenure line faculty appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS AND TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES:  The successful candidate will have an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with additional educational background in Mechanical Engineering or an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with additional educational background in Electrical Engineering.  Other required qualifications are industrial work experience including significant engineering design, and strong teaching skills.  Preference will be given to licensed Professional Engineers (P.E.) with digital control experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate engineering courses at advanced and intermediate levels (Capstone Design I, Capstone Design II, Electrical Control Systems, Mechanical Dynamic Systems and Controls, Theory of Machines, Signals and Systems, and engineering electives).  Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and
have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment.  Additionally, candidates will be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, including the ABET accreditation.

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS:  Central’s physics department currently offers a major and a minor in physics and a new program leading to a B.S. in Engineering approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2015.  The program focuses on mechanical and electrical engineering and is grounded in liberal arts and basic science.  An application for ABET accreditation is planned when the program produces its first group of graduates.

The department is comprised of dynamic and dedicated faculty who work collegially with each other and students to support teaching and learning.  Students benefit from the one-on-one attention provided by faculty devoted to teaching and working with students.  The physics and engineering programs at Central College prepare students for industrial jobs, graduate school, and careers in research, teaching, engineering and other technical areas.

The department graduates an average of nine majors annually.  Many continue directly to graduate school to study engineering on the graduate level at various universities across the nation.  84% of physics graduates enter graduate school within one year of leaving Central College; 95% are admitted in to their first or second choice graduate school.  The department is housed in a modern natural science facility, which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and also includes the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science.  An 11-inch reflector telescope is located in a nearby observatory.

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America that began in 1916. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply for this position please visit  Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit the following materials online:

1.      a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position and the College
2.      an updated curriculum vita
3.      copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4.      a one-page statement of teaching philosophy

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate’s qualifications for this faculty appointment at a liberal arts college can be sent electronically to or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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