New Position For Engineering Faculty At UNM-LA

Aerial view of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is recruiting for a new faculty position in engineering. The ideal candidate would be interested in instructing and inspiring the next generation of engineers and available for a half-time position.

Most students are interested in either mechanical or electrical engineering as they pursue their Pre-Engineering degree requirements. Opportunities also are available for this faculty member to collaborate with our electro-mechanical and robotics programs.

UNM-LA maintains a robust academic program and strives to make it exciting for students, attracting them to engineering fields and retaining them in the program and the profession. UNM-LA is looking for a dynamic educator who will engage and expose students to a wide variety of applications, while encouraging them to apply their knowledge in different ways, learning to make use of the tools of different disciplines.

As a half-time (0.5 FTE) faculty, the successful applicant is responsible for teaching 15 credit hours in engineering per academic year, participating in course assessment and curriculum development, holding regular office hours, and serving as Program Coordinator (PC) for the engineering program.

Additionally, the PC will for engineering will provide student mentoring and regular advising in collaboration with Student Services staff to ensure that the program is viable, so that students move forward as a cohort and find additional support if they struggle with a particular class or personal crisis.

To respond to the increased industry demand for improved STEM competencies, the UNM-LA Engineering program emphasizes laying the foundation for the practice of engineering, involving skills such as creativity, design and development. Since applied engineering problems are highly interdisciplinary, engineers working to solve them must synthesize knowledge across several STEM disciplines. The UNM-LA Engineering program uses an integrated engineering and mathematics curriculum with concepts, processes and system-building skills highly interwoven.

UNM-LA plans to accelerate the development of a high-quality engineering program by implementing innovative ideas to increase the enrollment and matriculation of students in engineering fields. The department aims to create opportunities for learning that are personalized, active and participatory. Student motivation for technical degrees often stems from their interest in a career in which they create, design or build things. The Engineering Program is very hands-on and incorporates a Just-In-Time format rather than separating lectures from application. The addition of project based activities that focus on critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary curriculum integration and engineering design process will continue to be goals within the broader program.

UNM-LA is a comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs and life-long learning opportunities. UNM-LA offers certificate and associate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and is known for small classes, high-quality education, and dedicated instructors and staff. Serving approximately 1,000 students each semester with an average class size of 12 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, the institution serves students primarily from three very different rural New Mexico counties, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe, with a wide range of ethnic and economic disparities.

For further information about this and other employment opportunities at UNM-LA, visit the UNM-LA website: or the UNM Jobs web site: Applications are accepted only through UNM Jobs.