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Your application should be received by February 15th to receive full consideration.  Review of applications will begin on upon receipt and continue until the positions are filled. All applicants should submit, in PDF format: (1) a detailed resume, (2) a one-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy, (3) the names and contact information of at least three references. For more information, contact Prof. Steven Skerlos (

Job Summary

This is a non-tenure-track faculty position with an initial term of 3 years. The anticipated start date is by September 2019. 


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor seeks candidates for a Lecturer, who will be primarily responsible for coordinating and teaching the Mechanical Engineering senior capstone design class (ME450). Typical enrollment in ME450 is 110-130 students per semester. The Lecturer's main responsibilities include:

- Working with industry, entrepreneurial, and academic sponsors to develop 40-60 challenging mechanical engineering design projects per year suitable for a one semester design-build-verify experience, including the management of intellectual property with sponsors.

- Educating students regarding the design process: including acquiring customer needs, design ethnography, project management, budgeting, literature and patent reviews, developing engineering specifications, functional decomposition, concept generation and selection, detailed design and engineering drawing (CAD), design for manufacturing and environment, ethics, safety, engineering modeling, analysis and optimization, communication, prototyping, and testing.

- Directly supervising 5-6 student teams on their project activities and conducting rigorous oral and written design reviews throughout the term evaluating these topics and project and budget management.

- Coordinating the instructional team (typically 3-5 faculty members, a graduate assistant, and supporting staff members) on developing the syllabus, inviting guest lecturers, and aiding in lectures and projects. Various instructional resources, lab spaces, and events are also to be coordinated as part of the role.

The Lecturer is also expected to support instructional needs in other classes and provide departmental services when needed. Information on the undergraduate Design and Manufacturing course descriptions can be found at: . More information about the Department can be found at:

Required Qualifications*

Qualifications include either (a) an earned PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field or (b) a Master’s degree with significant teaching in engineering and/or professional experience in engineering practice.  In addition, all applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching as evidenced by their resume and statement of teaching interests and philosophy.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: .

Additional Information

We are especially interested in individuals who can contribute to the excellence and diversity of our academic community. Underrepresented minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.  The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career families.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.