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Academic Support Coordinator (ASC)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

Colorado State University

 

The department of mechanical engineering has experienced rapid growth in the last several years, now nearing 1,000 undergraduates.  This places the department among the top five programs at Colorado State.  This growth has placed a significant burden on a crucial resource – strong, supportive, professional academic counseling of our students.  In light of this growth, and in support of this critical service, the department announces a search for an Academic Support Coordinator (ASC).  This is a 12-month, full-time administrative professional position.

 

The ASC is a key figure in the department’s commitment to providing students with the assistance, guidance and resources necessary to be successful.  The primary functions of the ASC, in collaboration with department faculty and staff, are to foster successful transition to the university environment by students in their initial semesters, promote discipline awareness to help ensure appropriate choice of major, foster student engagement with faculty advisors, mentors and other student services at critical points, and promote timely graduation. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

Academic Counseling

  • foster a welcoming, safe environment for current students, prospective students and their families;
  • engage in proactive outreach to ensure that students (even those reticent to participate) are connected to academic support services;
  • treat each student as an individual, with individual needs, goals and paths, while working within a highly lock-stepped curriculum;
  • work closely with incoming students (freshmen and transfers) to foster successful transition to the university and the department;
  • participate in department-level interventions, and in collaboration on cross-campus student interventions where appropriate;
  • take personal responsibility and professional pride in providing quality academic counseling to undergraduates with the goal of timely graduation, with special attention to patterns of student success and/or difficulty;
  • develop familiarity with issues faced by certain student populations (e.g., non-traditional students, non-majority gender students, students of color, first generation college students, transfer students,…) and develop advising approaches accordingly;
  • become cognizant of all requirements for graduation for the ME and ME-BIOM degrees, including ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) requirements and the All University Common Core (AUCC);
  • engage students with faculty at points where detailed, discipline-specific knowledge and perspective will best address student needs;
  • for each student in the counseling caseload, create a short-term and long-term plan for timely graduation, customized to that student’s needs and goals;
  • maintain student records including DARS, counselor comments, and individual records associated with each student’s progress through the program of study; and
  • understand and meet the professional obligations of FERPA.

 

Student Retention

  • partner with other ASCs, the faculty of the department, and other support services and professionals, to engender a strong support community fostering retention;
  • serve as an advocate for students when appropriate, both within department and to the university community;
  • understand and link students to the complete spectrum of CSU student services (such as mentoring, tutoring, advising, counseling, health center, RDS services…) to provide students with the assistance, guidance and resources necessary to be successful;
  • supervise MESA – the Mechanical Engineering Student Advisers – an academic peer-mentoring program linking students with students to support a sense of academic community; and
  • assist the associate head for undergraduate studies with mentoring of students of risk (academic probation, precipitous grade decline, poor academic performance in one or more classes, other risks as identified by the ASC).

 

 

Recruitment and Orientation

  • engage in and enhance summer and fall advising and orientation meetings with incoming students, enriching major-specific advising, and establishing at orientation a strong and continuous relationship with students;
  • link visiting students and their families with university tours and department tours; and
  • assist and/or deliver addresses to prospective students, and address questions from prospective students and their families.

 

Academic Assessment

  • use data-informed academic counseling by using quantitative and qualitative assessment tools in the counseling process; and
  • work with the associate head for undergraduate studies to:
    • assess current advising support services with an eye toward modifying current services, or establishing new services, with a quantifiable benefit to the student population,
    • track cohort success indicators – year-to-year cohorts, cohorts of students based on diversity indicators,  
    • measure progress toward graduation and quantify determining factors,
    • track ABET requirements and outcomes, and
    • assess requests for waivers and substitutions ensuring such are ethical and equitable.

 

Collaboration

  • contribute as a member of the undergraduate team – associate head and ASCs – in identifying and providing new methods and actions in academic support of students;
  • participate in academic course and program change requests in order to understand and have positive influence on the process;
  • liaise with department and college faculty/staff responsible for student chapters of professional organizations (ASME, AIAA, Tau Beta Pi, Engineers without Borders, FSAE…), Study Abroad experiences, the Professional Learning Institute (PLI), job fairs, internships, coop opportunities, NSF REU programs, scholarships, fellowships, mentorship in our research laboratories, … to ensure that our students are fully aware of these opportunities and understand their near-term and life-long benefits;
  • participate in a variety of organizations and professional development opportunities such as NACADA (Region 10 and nationally, CSU ASC meetings…); and
  • actively participate in the on-campus network of ASCs to share best practices with the ASC community.

Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Psychology, Counseling, Student Affairs or related human-studies content area; experience working directly and positively with students in a college/university setting; and a demonstrable commitment to diversity.

 

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in any area plus a Master’s degree in Human Development, Psychology, Counseling, Student Affairs or related human-studies content area; strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively; strong oral communication skills in one-on-one, one-on-several, and in group presentations; relevant computer skills; and a demonstrated ability to be meticulous in detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

 

Salary and Benefits:  Expected starting salary is $35,000+ with full benefits, commensurate with education and experience.

 

Proposed Start Date:  November 1, 2014 or as soon thereafter as feasible.

 

Application Deadline: The full consideration deadline to apply is Monday October 6, 2014 at 11:59pm, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

Apply electronically by emailing a cover letter specifically addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications and describing your education, experience, qualifications and skills specifically related to the position description, resume, and the names and contact information for three references, in one PDF document, to the attention of Denise.Morgan@colostate.edu. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates to: Please note Mechanical Engineering Counselor/Academic Support Coordinator in the subject line.

 

Patrick Fitzhorn, Search Chair

Patrick.Fitzhorn@colostate.edu

 

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

 

 

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Assistant/Associate Faculty Position

Control Systems

 Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant professor, although the rank of associate professor will be considered with commensurate experience.  Candidates with research and teaching expertise in controls with applications to robotics, mechatronics and other related mechanical engineering areas will be given preferential consideration.  Candidates with expertise in controls systems and their applications to the broad application areas of energy, health, materials, manufacturing, systems, combustion and design who could collaborate with current Mechanical Engineering faculty are also encouraged to apply.

This faculty position is a full-time, nine-month appointment.  Successful candidates are expected to build and maintain a strong, internationally recognized research program supported through external funding, to enhance the Department's educational programs, and to provide service to the University and broader community.  Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in our mechanical engineering curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and develop advanced courses in his or her areas of expertise. Further information about the Department can be found at www.engr.colostate.edu/me/. 

A Ph.D. or equivalent in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, by start date, is required. Candidates must demonstrate great promise for extraordinary scholarship and exhibit ability and enthusiasm to teach courses in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Preferably, candidates will have post-doctoral experience in an academic, government, or industrial setting. Demonstration of a personal and professional commitment to diversity is encouraged.

Applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled; however, applications should be received by October 31, 2014 at 11:59pm to ensure full consideration.  Applicants should submit a cover letter (clearly indicating how their controls research fits with current department expertise), curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests (maximum one page), statement of research interests (maximum three pages), and the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.  Please email this material in one PDF document to:

Professor Christian Puttlitz

Chair, Faculty Search Committee 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Colorado State University 

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374 

MechFaculty@engr.colostate.edu 

 

Located 60 miles north of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is often ranked among the top places to live in the United States.  The City offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at www.ftcollins.com.

Condition for Employment: 

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. 

 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

 

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
COMPUTATIONAL MODELING
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant professor. This position requires candidates with research and teaching expertise in computational modeling and simulation of energy systems or advanced materials. Candidates are sought with interests that complement and expand upon current departmental research and teaching activities. The successful candidate will utilize computational models to simulate physical processes with emphasis on applying the models to engineering systems of interest in the energy or materials area. Applications in energy include energy production and conversion devices and systems, combustion and plasmas, propulsion and aerospace, and emissions and environmental impacts. Applications in advanced materials include manufacturing, materials for energy conversion, energy storage and fuel production, and composite materials. Biomedical engineering applications will not be considered.


This faculty position is a full-time, nine-month appointment. Successful candidates are expected to build and maintain a strong, internationally recognized research program supported through external funding, to enhance the Department's educational programs, and to provide service to the University and broader community. Successful candidates will be expected to teach courses in our mechanical engineering curriculum at the undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. levels, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and develop advanced courses in his or her areas of expertise. Further information about the Department can be found at www.engr.colostate.edu/me/.


A completed Ph.D. or equivalent in mechanical engineering or a closely related field by May 2014 is required. Successful candidates should have experience in grant writing and demonstrated ability to secure external funding for research and scholarly activities. Candidates must exhibit ability and enthusiasm to teach courses in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum, as demonstrated by some type of teaching experience in a higher education setting. Candidates should demonstrate great promise for extraordinary scholarship, and preferably have post-doctoral experience in an academic, government, or industrial setting. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests have a collaborative emphasis with others in the department and across the University.


Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applications should be received by January 17, 2014 to ensure full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter clearly indicating how their computational modeling research fits into the department, curriculum vitae, maximum one page statement of teaching interests, up to three page statement of research interests, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Please email this material in one PDF document to:
Professor Azer Yalin
Chair, Faculty Search Committee
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374
MechFaculty@engr.colostate.edu

Located 60 miles north of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is often ranked among the top places to live in the United States. The City offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at www.ftcollins.com.
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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