Job Description

Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering

Posting Numberreq10982
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeLecturer
Hiring DepartmentLos Alamos Branch
Academic LocationLos Alamos Branch
CampusLos Alamos
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

POSITION: 0.5 FTE Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering. Appointment begins January 13, 2020. All Lecturer appointments at UNM provide for promotional and multi-year contract opportunities. Additionally, after six years of service with satisfactory performance reviews, this lecturer appointment includes a one-time election to convert to a probationary, tenure-track appointment subject to the approval of the chair, dean and provost. If this one-time option is not exercised, the lecturer appointment remains in place and retains eligibility to pursue regular lecturer promotion and multi-year contract opportunities.

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is a two-year branch campus of the University of New Mexico. With an emphasis on teaching excellence, the Los Alamos Campus offers academic transfer courses, as well as vocational and technical courses to the citizens of Los Alamos County, Sandoval County, and northern New Mexico. The faculty and staff serve a student body of approximately 1,100 credit students each semester. The campus is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Albuquerque, NM.

SALARY: Base salary for 1.0 FTE is $60,000-$62,000 for a nine-month faculty position, depending on qualifications. This position is 0.5 FTE; the nine-month salary will be $30,000-$31,000. Summer teaching and additional fall and spring teaching load is possible and optional with additional compensation. An excellent package of benefits is provided.


  • Provide 15 credit hours of classroom instruction per academic year in the area of Mechanical Engineering (mechanical engineering, mechanical design, robotics, general engineering)
  • Post and maintain office hours
  • Maintain attendance and keep accurate student record
  • Advise students on their academic progress
  • Participate in faculty and college committees, curriculum development initiatives, outcomes assessment
  • Participate in professional development activities directly related to the professional field of expertise, to teaching and classroom technologies
  • Participate in department projects and other areas of service and scholarship
  • Participate in initiatives related to undergraduate research and grant writing, as applicable
  • Perform other duties consistent with the role of community college faculty

The qualified candidate may also be expected to take on the duties of Engineering Program Coordinator with teaching release time and/or additional compensation. Program Coordinator duties include coordinating with ME departments at other NM institutions, curriculum and program development, student recruiting and mentoring, etc.



Minimum Qualifications to teach or develop courses in Mechanical Engineering are determined by Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation requirements for faculty, and must be met by one of these ways:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering by application date, OR
  • A Master’s degree or higher in a discipline other than Mechanical Engineering and successful completion of at least 18 graduate credit hours in an accredited program in Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering by application date
  • Experience teaching engineering lecture and laboratory courses at a post-secondary institution
  • At least 18 graduate credit hours in Mathematics
  • Demonstrated evidence of experience in curriculum development
  • Commitment to and potential for service and professional development
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
Application InstructionsFOR BEST CONSIDERATION: All application materials should be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019. APPLICATION: 1) Signed letter of application containing teaching philosophy and information explaining how candidate meets minimum and preferred qualifications; 2) CV/resume that lists courses taught; 3) Unofficial transcripts of all college or university work; 4) A list of three current references and contact information, including at least one from a previous supervisor. Interviewees will be asked to conduct a teaching demonstration on a previously assigned topic. Note: The candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a teaching demonstration on a pre-selected topic. The successful candidate will be required to furnish official transcripts of all college or university work before hiring can be completed.The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 11/15/2019. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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