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Lecturer and Academic Advisor Biosystems Engineering - Auburn University

Department of Biosystems Engineering, College of Agriculture

The Department of Biosystems Engineering (www.eng.auburn.edu/bio) of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Lecturer and Academic Advisor. This position will be a twelve-month,  non-tenure-track position with a 75% teaching and 25% advising appointment but subject to change based on the teaching and advising needs in the department. The projected start date is January 2nd, 2017. The position is renewable annually based upon performance satisfactory progress, need for services and available funding.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching biosystems engineering courses and assisting laboratory exercises in biosystems engineering courses. Potential courses include Capstone Design, Precision Agriculture, Geospatial Technologies for Biosystems Engineering, and Natural Resource Conservation Engineering. The incumbent will work closely with undergraduate students and assist in increasing retention and graduation rates, and work closely with the recruitment offices of the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering. The expected teaching load is approximately three courses per semester. There will be additional responsibilities such as undergraduate student advising, assisting faculty with collection and analysis of assessment data for program improvement and for accreditation purposes (e.g. ABET and SACS), and mentoring students to enhance their professional and leadership skills.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned M.S. from an accredited institution in Biosystems, Biological, and Agricultural engineering disciplines by the expected position start date, professional experiences in Biosystems Engineering related fields, and must be eligible and able to obtain licensure as a registered professional engineer within four years of starting the job.

The successful candidate also will have documented evidence of teaching and mentoring effectiveness, and collaboratively work with a diverse cadre of faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong aptitude for undergraduate teaching and students’ success. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively create a dynamic and interactive learning environment. The incumbent must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desirable qualifications include: Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering or closely related engineering discipline; teaching experience in biosystems engineering related courses; industry experience in agriculture industry, environmental consulting firms, bioprocess engineering, food processing, or similar topics; familiarity with active learning pedagogies, experience developing lecture and laboratory curricula, and/or licensure as a Registered Professional Engineer.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/1955 and attach the following: 1) cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, and 4) statement of teaching and advising philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business on November 15, 2016 but we will accept the application until the position is filled. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Mark Dougherty, Search Committee Chair, email:

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 26,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs and its College of Engineering is ranked 38th among public institutions offering doctoral programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.

The Department: The Department of Biosystems Engineering consists of 14 full-time faculty who solve problems in biological systems through innovative engineering research, teaching and extension activities. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems Engineering with 187 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Recent construction projects have resulted in over 30,000 square feet of new laboratory space for the department. More information can be found at www.eng.auburn.edu/bio.

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