Professor of Practice of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, SD

ID: 7088503
Posted: November 5, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a nine-month, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Practice. At South Dakota Mines, the Professor of Practice is a non-tenurable rank in which the faculty member integrates academic scholarship with significant practical experience. Professor of Practice faculty contribute to and supplement traditional academic faculty roles through the practical application of their professional experience. The goal is to provide students and faculty with an understanding of the practical applications of a field of study. Faculty in this rank may be assigned teaching, advising, service, and research responsibilities as directly related to their expertise and experience. Rank is dependent on qualifications and the record of the successful candidate. This is a full-time, benefited position. The anticipated start term is August 2022. The successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

An earned PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field is required. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. The ideal candidate will have practical industry experience in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, a strong background in aeronautics or astronautics, and teaching experience at the university or college level. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in aircraft stability and control. Expectations will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in aircraft stability and control, rockets & propulsion, space flight mechanics, rockets & mission analysis, atmospheric flight, or other traditional aerospace engineering courses.

The Mechanical Engineering Department takes pride in its excellent educational program. Engineering fundamentals and design are emphasized throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Supported by the Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP), students compete in several ASME and SAE sponsored national/international competitions. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and currently is home to about 600 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. For more information regarding the Mechanical Engineering Department visit

Established in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines is located in Rapid City, SD, and delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. College students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM, and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems excel at Mines. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering. South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,400 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment by College Factual. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 97 percent in their field of study.

Rapid City is the state’s second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the university. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.