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Contractually Limited Position, Engineering 1

McMaster University

The Engineering 1 Program and the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University are seeking an outstanding candidate to fill a three-year CLA . The preferred start date for the appointment is September 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute towards the development and implementation of The Pivot, the largest transformation of the student experience ever taken in 60 years at McMaster Engineering.

McMaster University is committed to building an inclusive community dedicated to teaching and learning within a diverse environment. The Faculty of Engineering seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty member of the highest calibre and welcomes applications from highly qualified candidates with skills and abilities that will contribute to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, and the workplace.

At McMaster, all undergraduate students take a common first year program, Engineering 1. This provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of engineering disciplines and prepares students to choose from one of up to 40 programs available for their subsequent years. Through the Pivot, the Engineering 1 Program has redesigned the first-year curriculum, replacing existing courses with a single full-year course that includes a design spine throughout the year and provides a more self-directed and project-based learning approach. Find more details on The Pivot here.

Applicants will hold a doctorate in Engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with a doctorate in Education will also be considered. The candidate must possess excellent communication skills and a strong commitment and demonstrated ability in classroom instruction, including teaching in large classes. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute towards development of the new first-year curriculum, teach the new first-year course alongside a team of Engineering 1 Instructors, and engage in pedagogy-related research. A professional engineering license, or eligibility for registration, is desirable. Evidence of both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be considered an asset. Evidence of leadership skills, excellence in service, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures is a necessary requirement for this position.

McMaster’s large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, is at the western end of Lake Ontario. The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton, a city rich in history and culture with a vibrant arts community. Nearby recreational and conservation attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment, the Waterfront Trail, and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by spectacular nature and unique neighbourhoods, Hamilton is ideally located halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. It has earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and innovation. The Faculty has over 180 faculty members, along with approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The Faculty of Engineering promotes a nurturing and inclusive environment where supportive resources are made accessible to assist with on-boarding and opportunities are made available for continuous personal and professional growth.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness and educational leadership, and the names of at least four references that speak to academic and teaching performance (with postal and email addresses). In your teaching statements, please also describe how you will further equity and inclusion to advance McMaster University’s commitment to fostering a culture that embraces and promotes the rich diversity of our campus community. Some current examples of activities include diversity-related programming, contributions to student success, committee work, and appropriate mentoring of individuals, especially those from groups that have been historically marginalized or disadvantaged.

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Postings, Job #26581) to the attention of:

Dr. Colin McDonald, Director
Engineering 1
McMaster University, 1280 Main St. West, ETB-107
Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4L8

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Job applicants requiring accommodations to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBQT+ persons.