Instructor, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering



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Job description

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for fall 2023 and/or spring 2024 semester Instructor, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer positions. These are part-time, temporary, non-benefited positions and may continue semester-by-semester, dependent upon performance, department need, funding, and student enrollment.

An earned MS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field is required; a PhD in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field is preferred. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are required. The ideal candidates will have prior teaching experience at the university or college level and engineering experience in industry or government. Expectations will include teaching traditional undergraduate courses in mechanical or aerospace engineering.

The anticipated start date is August 2023 for the fall semester and January 2024 for the spring semester. The successful applicants are not required to be physically located at the school. This position can be filled remotely with the courses being taught 100% online and asynchronous or on our campus with the courses being taught in either a hybrid or fully in-person delivery mode.

The Mechanical Engineering Department takes pride in its excellent educational program. Engineering fundamentals and design are emphasized throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Supported by the Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP), students compete in several ASME and SAE sponsored national/international competitions. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and currently is home to about 600 undergraduate and 35 graduate students. For more information regarding the Mechanical Engineering Department visit

South Dakota Mines is a best-in-class STEM university that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees located in Rapid City, the state’s second largest city with a MSA population of 148,933. With 226 days of sunshine, 1.2 million acres of breathtaking scenery of the Black Hills National Forest, 700 miles of motorized trails and nearly 500 miles of hiking trails, there is a lot to see and do. People from around the world come here each year to see top attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Terry Peak Ski Area, and Reptile Gardens. There’s something for everybody!

At Mines, our vision is to develop world-class leaders in science and engineering to benefit society through education, innovation, and engagement. Nearly 2,500 students from every state and 43 countries are represented on our campus. Mines is an affordable option with a great return on investment.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and nationally competitive engineering teams. These experiences make graduates highly sought after by industry and attributes to high starting salaries and 97% placement rate in the field of study.

Research at Mines encompasses four main areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering. Entrepreneurship is highly valued and programming assists students and faculty to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations into viable products and business startups.

How to apply

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin May 19, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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