Postdoctoral teaching specialist in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in engineering education in the Sibley
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. The successful candidate
will take a leading role in the redesign and evaluation of two required junior-level mechanical
engineering classes, supported by a Cornell University Active Learning Initiative grant.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in the redesign and evaluation of two required mechanical engineering courses in the thermal/fluids area. The postdoc will work with a group of faculty and postdocs, including the course instructors, to develop and document course materials emphasizing active and inductive learning and real-life applications. Additional duties include evaluating metrics for the learning objectives of each class, and using those metrics to determine the efficacy of the course interventions. Opportunities for teaching may also be available.

This position is part of a Cornell-wide initiative to shift the undergraduate curriculum toward active learning approaches (more information here). The postdocs will have the opportunity to engage with the Cornell Center for Teaching Innovation and participate in weekly seminars with other Active Learning Initiative postdocs to receive training and support in designing and implementing research-based teaching strategies. We expect the course redesign project to lead to archival publications in the engineering education literature.

Employer: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, NY
Anticipated start date: June 1, 2020
Length of appointment: 2 years
Time commitment: Full time, but will consider part-time appointments.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, engineering education research, or a closely related

Preferred qualifications include some combination of the following:

  • Experience with relevant literature and education research methods
  • Strong background in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple faculty members and postdocs, adapting to
    diverse views and approaches
  • Ability to work independently
  • Project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills
  • Experience with curriculum development, teaching assistant training, or faculty
  • Enthusiasm for learning new things (Because this project will involve integrating and applying many different research areas, an ability to grow is even more valuable than extensive experience in any one of the above areas.)

To apply:
Submit a CV, cover letter, a brief teaching and research statement emphasizing relevant background and/or interest in engineering education research, and the names and email contacts of three professional references to Prof. Elizabeth Fisher at Evaluation of applications will start on March 16, 2020.

Please also contact Prof. Fisher with any questions.

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