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Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching Professor - First Year Engineering

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Non-Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the   Opportunity:

The College of Engineering at Northeastern University invites applications to join the first-year engineering faculty.  The First-year Engineering Program is transforming engineering education by striving to deliver first year (and potentially beyond the first year) courses that inspire and equip entering students to be outstanding engineering students and ready for future classes and the co-op program. This is a full-time, benefits eligible, non-tenure-track position, as an Assistant Teaching Professor.  Appointments are made on an annual 8-month basis, salary commensurate with experience.


The main responsibility of this position is teaching first-year engineering students. The annual teaching course load is six courses divided between Fall and Spring semesters. Class sizes are capped to allow a more personal interaction with our first-year students, thus the courses assigned are likely to be multiple sections of the same course.  We teach our first-year students using a Cornerstone approach, where the emphasis on design and problem-solving using engineering tools and software has been integrated and applied in course themes that are project-based. Because of the diversity in disciplines within the first-year team, development of new themes and projects (including service-learning) to match each instructor’s interests is encouraged. The first-year faculty work as a team, developing course curriculum and content, along with working together during the semesters on delivery and student interactions.  All first-year faculty are involved in some work in the summer to prepare for the next year.  There may be teaching and development activities in summer as needed, other summer teaching opportunities are also encouraged.

There may be opportunity for teaching, if desired and available, in engineering discipline courses, especially undergraduate courses if in agreement with first-year and discipline specific department needs.  The Teaching Professor will also participate in department, university and professional service activities as well as research activities, including, but not limited to advising undergraduate students, committee work, student recruiting, educational research, publications, presentations, and continuing education through the university Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research programs.

This team works closely with the colleges’ academic advisors, with faculty in many departments and with each member of the team; filling a crucial role in equipping first-year students for success.  The team environment is a crucial aspect of this role and will also be instrumental in providing support to new faculty.  In addition, first-year faculty need to be willing to learn, try new approaches; be creative, adaptable and agile.



A doctorate degree in engineering, or closely related fields of science and engineering is required by the appointment start date.

Preferred                    Qualifications:


The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, project-based learning and mentoring. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment which is fundamental to a Northeastern University education.


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Additional Information:

Application should include the following: (1) cover letter, (2) detailed resume, (3) teaching statement, (4) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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