Assistant Professor - Engineering (Teaching & Scholarship)  

Location
Hereford, Herefordshire (GB)
Salary
£34,348 - £40,194
Posted
30 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Assistant Professor - Engineering (Teaching & Scholarship)  

NMITE is an innovative new entrant in UK Higher Education, founded to rethink engineering education and positively impact the region - educationally, economically.  We have ambitious aims to widen access to HE, support industry, facilitate lifelong learning in technology and engineering, and transform careers.  

NMITE welcomed its first students in September 2021 to an accelerated MEng Integrated Engineering. This September, we open a BEng pathway and a suite of industry-facing short courses in sustainable built environment, delivered from the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology. NMITE’s approach to teaching is progressive and connected – contextualised admissions, active learning, interdisciplinarity, social awareness, and the integration of employers and the community in our teaching and learning.

To thrive in our environment, you’ll need a deep commitment to facilitating learning, a can-do attitude, and the willingness to learn as NMITE continues to evolve.

What are we looking for? 

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Professor who can teach in the areas of materials, statics and/or dynamics, primarily on our MEng/BEng Integrated Engineering, and to provide expertise in those areas as we continue to develop our course portfolio. The ability and willingness to teach Python will be an advantage.

What does the role include?

Appointments to the Assistant Professor role will suit capable educators with relevant subject knowledge and the ability to take responsibility for the delivery and development of individual modules and similar elements of NMITE’s academic activity.   You will have a relevant teaching qualification and/or Fellowship or be willing to undertake this in the probationary period.

 Our education philosophy is small group learning-by-doing, and this new role will add to the team’s capacity in the broad topics of materials, statics and/or dynamics.  Drawing on support from the Academic Skills & Knowhow Centre (ASK) and practical learning facilitators you will support students in: understanding relevant engineering science concepts; performing calculations from first principles; deploying relevant modelling tools with an understanding of their limitations; and being able to select and apply appropriate solutions to given problems having consideration for all benefits and costs. 

Role responsibilities include: 

Developing and Delivering Teaching

1.    Prepare and lead modules within your field of expertise, assess learning and provide timely individual feedback within NMITE’s quality assurance framework. You will have the capacity to support learning from first year to Master's level and will be enthusiastic about teaching students who are educationally, culturally and cognitively diverse.

2.    Work with industrial and community partners – supported by an Academic Lead for Challenges and a Partnerships Associate - to define projects and challenges that underpin planned learning.

3.    Build on our collective learning, student feedback, and your own scholarship to enhance the student learning experience and continually improve the ability of students to systematically develop knowledge and skills at the required standard 

4.    Contribute to an innovative, high-quality curriculum through development, design, implementation and improvement activities. 

5.    Be a personal tutor as allocated

Helping NMITE Grow

6.    Assist in developing external relationships and partnerships to enhance the academic programme and the institution as a whole.

7.    Identify and develop your own area of leadership that contributes to NMITE’s goals and the interests of the wider HE sector, for example (but not limited to) admissions, employability, EDI, assessment, outreach, civic engagement

8.    Willingness to support student recruitment, outreach activities and the broader student experience as requested

9.    Actively follow and promote NMITE’s vision, ethos and policies

10.    Be flexible, adaptable and willing to take on other tasks as necessary to support the entire development and delivery of NMITE

Developing Scholarship And Impact

11.    Support the development, dissemination, and promotion of the NMITE pedagogy and approach to the broader engineering education community.

12.    Demonstrate your commitment to your own continuing professional development and growing your professional standing.

13.    Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of pedagogical practice in your area of expertise, developing and demonstrating your potential to model and advocate scholarly, evidence-based teaching.

14.    In time and with support, develop and demonstrate your potential to contribute to academic income generation, such as through educational research grants, knowledge transfer funding or short course delivery

15.    Engage actively and productively with other areas of NMITE outside the academic team

In return, we offer a rewarding and dynamic environment with small-group teaching and a workload model that supports all of the activities above. Academic staff can access a personal development budget, developmental support from senior staff across NMITE, a promotion pathway and a sabbatical scheme. NMITE is a young organisation where your impact will be visible and your voice will be heard, and you will be an instrumental part of NMITE’s growth. Be part of it. 

Qualifications & Experience

Essential Requirements: 

  • Interest in engineering education and a desire to teach future engineers in a forward-looking, unique, start-up HEI
  • Experience of high-quality teaching and positive student feedback in higher education
  • Demonstrable ability to teach materials, statics and/or dynamics 
  • Some experience of active learning and assess-for-learning strategies
  • Specialist knowledge in cognate fields consistent with the job description
  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • Experience of working in productive and positive teams

Desirable Requirements:

  • As there are opportunities to teach outside your core specialism, for example in programming (particularly Python), other technical and transferable skills, or in supporting other academics in the delivery of course engineering modules (e.g., electronics, control, flow and heat), the ability and willingness to teach in other areas will be an advantage
  • Chartered engineer (or equivalent international professional engineering registration)
  • Experience of using and/or developing novel pedagogies
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning theory and practice in an HE context
  • Experience in pastoral/academic tutoring

Key Skills & Behaviours

Collegiate team player 
Excellent communicator and facilitator 
Collegiate 
Problem solver 
Creative and open to new ideas 

Cultural Alignment

  • Equality focused.
  • Inclusive 
  • Respectful
  • Creative
  • Honest
  • Non-judgemental 

Location: Hereford 

Our Offer

We offer a Salary Range: £34,348 - £40,194 dependant on experience, and a competitive benefits package, including pension scheme, life assurance, 30 days holidays (plus Bank Holidays & closure days), ongoing training & development. Most importantly, NMITE offers you the opportunity to be the change that you want to see. 

To apply 

Please email a full CV and covering letter to vacancies@nmite.ac.uk. Your covering letter should outline how you meet the person specification.  The closing date for applications is Friday 5th August 2022.

For a full job description or Informal questions about the roles please contact the HR Director, Samantha Lewis (Samantha.lewis@nmite.ac.uk).

NMITE is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can be ourselves and succeed on merit. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in engineering education.  Part time applications will also be considered. 
 

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