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Assistant or Associate Professor of Engineering Education

Job Summary

The School of Engineering Education (ENE) within the College of Engineering at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The School seeks to attract exceptional candidates with interests and expertise in engineering education research focused on any level from pre-kindergarten through college and into engineering practice. Commensurate with rank, new faculty will be expected to develop (or continue to build) a nationally or internationally recognized, externally funded research program in engineering education, advise graduate students, teach graduate courses on campus and online, teach undergraduate level courses – including in First-year Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, or Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies programs – and perform service at the School, College, University, and professional society levels.

Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in engineering, education, or a related discipline at the time of position start and demonstrate excellent potential to build an independent research program at the forefront of their field, as well as potential to educate and mentor students. Commensurate with rank, successful candidates will have established themselves in a field of research congruent with the mission and goals of the school or will have demonstrated the potential to do so. Successful candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinary, as well as diversity and inclusion.

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Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship of Engineering Education

Job Summary

The School of Engineering Education (ENE) within the College of Engineering at Purdue University invites applications for the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education.  The School is a vibrant and growing community of scholars who envision ways of transforming engineering education based on scholarship and research.  Our programs include First-year Engineering (2,500 students and growing), an accredited undergraduate program in Multidisciplinary Engineering, an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Program, and a Ph.D. program in Engineering Education. The research interests of our faculty are very diverse and span aspects of engineering education from pre-kindergarten through college and into engineering practice.  We are home to the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering and a wide range of labs and research programs focused on improving student learning and assessment; enhancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice; developing tools, methods, and theories for engineering education research; and translating research into transformative educational practice with system-scale change. Emerging opportunities include learning in industry, online learning, and engineering ethics education.  More information can be found here:

Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in engineering, education, or related discipline and have recognized expertise in engineering education research.  They must be qualified for tenure as a full professor in the College of Engineering at Purdue.  We seek individuals with an outstanding record of achievement and mentoring, a clearly articulated vision of the current needs and future directions of engineering education, and the ability to provide leadership in discovery, learning, and engagement in pursuit of that vision.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and interdisciplinarity as well as a dedication to the well-being and advancement of students, colleagues, the School, and the discipline of engineering education.  They will also have excellent communication and collaboration skills and will be able to provide leadership, assisting the Head in mentoring faculty and in further development of the School, including refining its strategic direction and providing support in executing the strategic plan (  They will be expected to be able to teach in our undergraduate programs, including First-year Engineering, and our graduate program, while developing or enhancing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program in engineering education.

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School and College

The School of Engineering Education at Purdue University has experienced significant growth in the past decade and has a strong faculty core engaged in many areas of engineering education as well as in significant interdisciplinary efforts across campus, with other academic institutions across the nation and internationally, with non-profits, and with industrial partners.  For a detailed description of research activities, see

The School is an integral part of Purdue’s College of Engineering. Purdue Engineering is one of the largest and top-ranked engineering colleges in the nation (8th for graduate programs and #9 for undergraduate per USWNR, 2019) and renowned for top-notch faculty, students, unique research facilities, and a culture of collegiality and excellence. The College goal of Pinnacle of Excellence at Scale is guiding strategic growth in new directions, by investing in people, exciting initiatives, and facilities.

Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program that provides dual career assistance and relocation services.


Please submit applications online at, including 1) a brief cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching philosophy and plans for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, 4) research agenda including funding possibilities, and 5) names, titles, and contact information for three references.  Candidates may be “all but dissertation” (ABD) at the time of application but shall have their doctoral dissertation deposited before the start of the contract.  For information or questions regarding the position, contact the search committee chair, Audeen Fentiman, at  For technical issues with the application process, contact the office of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.  A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution Purdue University's School of Engineering Education is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should explicitly address as least one of these areas in their application, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. The University's nondiscrimination policy is available here:


Greater Lafayette Indiana is home to Purdue University and is one of the fastest growing communities in the Midwest. Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Caterpillar, Dow AgroSciences, Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Wabash National, Saab Global Defense and Security Company, high tech firms and small businesses all call Greater Lafayette their home. Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Greater Lafayette is also near several other major metropolitan cities. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce are resources that highlight our great community.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Last Updated September 30, 2019