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Professor/Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Engineering and Technology

Title: Professor/Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

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Position Description

The School of Engineering and Technology (SET) at the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) is announcing an exciting opportunity for multiple tenure-track/tenured positions, including one Full/Associate Professor position, and up to three Assistant Professor positions to assume a pioneering role in designing, building, and implementing a newly approved Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. These are full-time positions with a nine-month service period, beginning in September 2021. SET is a vibrant and rapidly growing school that is guided by the campus core values of excellence, community, diversity, and innovation in the South Puget Sound region. We expect our faculty to have a strong commitment to working with underrepresented populations and enhancing the diversity of STEM education.
UW Tacoma, one of three University of Washington (UW) campuses, is an urban undergraduate and graduate-level campus that is changing the face of its region economically, culturally, and architecturally. SET has several ABET-accredited programs, all of which can be found on SET has expanded its degree offerings with state approved funding beginning with Mechanical Engineering in Autumn 2020 and will do so with Civil Engineering in Autumn 2021. A new building housing these programs is scheduled to be completed by 2023. 

UW Tacoma is a 46-acre, urban-serving campus that currently serves approximately 5400 students and is comprised of award-winning architectural LEED-certified, repurposed warehouses amid the city's museum mile. Situated on the high-technology corridor of Puget Sound, UW Tacoma offers views of the historic Foss Waterway and Mount Rainier, and provides a perfect gateway to the Pacific Northwest recreation opportunities. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower, upper-division, and graduate instruction. 

These positions are contingent upon available funding. The entire search process will be conducted remotely/virtually due to COVID-19.


A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Civil Engineering or a related field is required for all the positions. Positive factors for consideration for this position include, but are not limited to, industry experience in a relevant field, and/or possession of a Professional Engineers (PE) license.

Candidates at the Professor or Associate Professor level should have an excellent track of achievements and leadership in research, teaching, and service at the level of a tenured professor. They should have an interest in education and research program developments and mentoring junior faculty members as documented in the cover letter and CV.

Candidates at the Assistant professor level should have potential for excellence in teaching as documented in the teaching statement, and demonstrated scholarly research. Priority areas include, but are not limited to, construction, structural, transportation, and environmental.


(1) A cover letter describing which position is being applied for and (i) academic qualifications, (ii) leadership, including their views on education and research program developments and mentoring junior faculty members (associate/full professor applicants only), (iii) professional experiences, (iv) how they will bring value to the development of the curricula of the new civil engineering program, (v) how they will develop a research program in civil engineering and
interact with faculty in other programs at SET;
(2) A diversity statement describing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma's commitment to equity and
(3) A research statement outlining the candidate's research goals and plans;
(4) Samples of the candidate's best 3 published research results;
(5) A teaching philosophy statement (including a list of courses the candidate is qualified to teach) and evidence of teaching effectiveness;
(4) A curriculum vitae;
(5) Contact information for at least three references. Your references will be prompted to upload a letter of recommendation after your submission.

Applications must be submitted electronically to
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Questions related to this position may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Heather Dillon, This position will remain open until filled, however applications received before  December 18, 2020 will receive a priority review. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal
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