The Grainger College of Engineering: Clinical Professor (Open Rank) - Aerospace Engineering (152601)
University of Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

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Professor of Practice (Clinical Professor) in Aerospace Engineering (Open Rank)

Department of Aerospace Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time Professor of Practice (equivalent to a Clinical Professor) position of any rank (open-rank, full-time). The successful candidate will join the department's thriving community of faculty and will make a significant impact on aerospace engineering education by providing instruction to graduate and undergraduate students based on their knowledge gained from practical, real-world experience. One position is planned to complement current practical expertise in the department in spacecraft and aircraft design, including, but not limited to, areas such as guidance, navigation, and control, aerospace systems, materials and structures, aerodynamics and propulsion, embedded systems, human spaceflight, and aerospace medicine. The candidate will instruct the capstone design course in the undergraduate curriculum, and/or fundamental courses in aerospace engineering and aerospace systems, and project-based courses associated with their respective area of expertise. In addition to teaching and contributing to laboratory instruction, the successful candidate will hold office hours and provide academic advising to a subset of students in the department. The candidate will be provided further opportunities to develop a research program associated with their expertise and mentor and advise graduate research students. Since the instructional domain of this position will cover the overall practical aspects of aerospace vehicle systems, the candidate must have a background in more than one topic associated with aerospace engineering such as: aircraft design, spacecraft design, aerospace systems, applied computational methods, orbital mechanics, aerodynamics, propulsion, flight mechanics, controls, spacecraft testing, flight testing, structures, and a willingness to learn those areas with which they are unfamiliar.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit To learn more about the University commitment to diversity, please visit:

All candidates should have at least a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering or a related field, but a Masters or PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a related field is desired. An ideal candidate would also have experience teaching aerospace engineering courses and mentoring and advising students and/or early career professionals. Candidates must exhibit exceptional promise and have been involved in aerospace research and development programs in academic, industry or government organizations, consistent with being a productive member of a R&D team. Experience should ideally include significant contribution to programs that have led to flight hardware and scholarly impact. Ideal candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and/or professional service endeavors. The Department of Aerospace Engineering is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, with a focus on diversifying the faculty. We are seeking faculty who can teach in these and other areas while contributing to the diversity and excellence in our programs and courses through their research, teaching and service. Entry-level canddates are expected to be emerging leaders in their field and senior candidates should have demonstrated involvement in government and/or professional organizations.

This is a renewable non-tenure track position appointed on a 9-month service basis. The proposed start date is August 16, 2022; however, placement may be adjusted depending on the needs of the organization. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, statement of service, diversity statement, and names/contact information for three references by December 1, 2021. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. Candidates may also provide representative teaching artifacts including syllabi and learning goals, and/or descriptions of laboratory exercises. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Christine Gipson at or 217-244-4921.

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The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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The Grainger College of Engineering: Clinical Professor (Open Rank) - Aerospace Engineering (152601)

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