Adjunct Faculty (Mechanical Engineering)

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Job posting number: #7071073

Posted: October 16, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Adjunct Faculty in Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the Volgenau School of Engineering, invites interested applicants to join the faculty as part-time Adjunct Faculty members beginning spring 2021. Adjunct faculty members are needed to either teach required course(s) in the major, or through engineering expertise develop elective course(s) that meet the needs of the program. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Specific program needs for elective courses should be centered on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering which includes themes such as improving urban infrastructure, making solar energy economical, engineering the tools of scientific discovery, etc.

Courses are offered at both the Fairfax Campus, Science and Technology Campus, and online during daytime or evening hours.

Expertise in the following course(s) are needed:

ME 151 203 Practicum in Engineering (F 10:30am-1:10pm) Fairfax
ME 151 2D1 Practicum in Engineering (W 1:30pm-4:10pm) Online
ME 221 DL2 Thermodynamics (MW 12pm-1:15pm) Online
ME 331 003 Mechatronics (TR 5:55pm-7:10pm) SciTech – Prince William
ME 331 004 Mechatronics (TR 7:20pm-8:35pm) SciTech – Prince William
ME 352 002 Entrepreneurship Engineering (TR 4:30pm-5:45pm) SciTech – Prince William
ME 499 004 Machine Learn for Mech Eng (MW 5:55pm-7:10pm) Fairfax
ME 499 007 Vibrations (MW 7:20pm-8:35pm) Fairfax
ME 499 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering TBD
ME 551 DL1 Naval Engineering (W 7:20pm-10pm) Online


Prepare and teach assigned courses at assigned class meetings, based on course catalog description and approved course outline;
Prepare and objectively grade class assignments and exams within a timely manner, in accordance with course outcomes;
Maintain accurate, transparent student records;
Assist and foster student success through the maintenance of regularly scheduled office hours and timely responses to e-mail inquiries;
Adhere to all administrative university policies such as the timely submission of completed midterm and final grades;
Maintain appropriate professional development to stay current within assigned courses;
Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics;
Other duties as assigned by contract and/or by the Course Coordinator including assessing course(s) taught for continuous improvement.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field;
Solid verbal and written communications skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Terminal degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field;
Experience with a learning management system, preferably Blackboard;
Relevant professional experience;
Teaching experience at the college level.

About the Department:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mason is a young department, having received accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, retroactive to October 1, 2015. The department currently offers both a bachelor’s and a minor in mechanical engineering, a graduate certificate in naval ship design, and a PhD program through the Dean’s office. The department is seeking approval from the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) to establish a new PhD program in mechanical engineering. More information about the department can be obtained by visiting its website

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. The school boasts more than 8,500 students in 37 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 260 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon’s decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDEA), a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason’s already leading national position in computing and related areas. We also expect multiple joint faculty positions funded by Virginia’s Tech Talent Investment Program.

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