Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering – Multiple Focus Areas

Swarthmore College: Engineering Department


Swarthmore, PA

Open Date

Aug 02, 2021


The Department of Engineering at Swarthmore College invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant or Associate level beginning in Fall 2022.

We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship incorporates the cross-cutting focus areas of sustainability, social impacts of technology, engineering design, or bioengineering.

Specializations can range across the spectrum of engineering subfields, with particular interest in the areas of Civil and Environmental, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. We seek candidates with the ability to teach talented undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in introductory core courses as well as mid- to upper-level elective courses in the candidate’s area of specialization – see for current offerings.

Swarthmore’s Department of Engineering provides an ABET-accredited general Engineering major, with faculty distributed across the subfields listed above plus Computer Engineering, as well as a growing focus on Biomedical Engineering. All courses that count for our major have an attached laboratory component, and we place a strong emphasis on undergraduate research conducted with faculty. The department is housed in a brand-new building with dedicated laboratory space for new faculty.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see


For the Assistant Professor rank, the successful candidate will have completed their PhD by January 2023. For the Associate Professor rank, the candidate must be a tenured Associate Professor at their current institution. Previous teaching experience is highly valued. The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit a cover letter that addresses their interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and their preparation to teach and mentor undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Cover letters should also highlight any aspects of candidates’ research or teaching that address the cross-cutting focus areas of sustainability, social impacts of technology, engineering design, or bioengineering.

Additional application materials include a CV, a research statement, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three references.

We understand the pandemic has affected the way scholars contribute and publish, so applicants should feel free to discuss work in progress as well as research disseminated in both non-traditional venues and peer-reviewed publications.

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We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2021 and continue until available positions are filled. Feel free to address any questions to Matt Zucker, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair (