Website University of Detroit Mercy

Position Classification

FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)


Position Summary

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering & Science at the University of Detroit Mercy invites candidates to apply for an available full-time tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate level. The hired candidate will start August 16, 2024. University of Detroit Mercy is dedicated to building a supportive, diverse, and inclusive academic community, with a commitment to experiential and community engaged learning. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), Detroit Mercy offers small classes and close collegial relationships. The College’s faculty forms a vibrant community of teaching scholars, with a strong focus on student-centered teaching, and academic mentorship of students. Our excellent student outcomes led to recognition by the Wall Street Journal Best Colleges report, ranking UDM 2nd in Michigan and 52nd nationally. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students majoring in engineering disciplines.


The Mechanical Engineering Department at Detroit Mercy is a dynamic department whose full-time faculty teach courses required for students majoring in mechanical and other engineering disciplines; engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research; and mentor students. The faculty at the department have opportunities to collaborate with faculty in other disciplines and at partner institutions on exciting initiatives. A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in pedagogy including evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek an educator who is an enthusiastic teacher- scholar committed to supporting a diverse population of students, and who can enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching graduate and undergraduate lectures and laboratory courses, as well as technical electives, based on the faculty member’s area of expertise and on the need to complement or expand current offerings in the department.


The candidate should have a proposed research agenda appropriate for a primarily undergraduate institution. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the ability and interest to pursue external funding and to disseminate results in peer-reviewed publications and conferences. Both pedagogical and discipline specific research are encouraged.


Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral or terminal degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline by the time of appointment
Expertise in current and novel applications of thermal and fluid sciences such as alternative energy systems, thermal management of electronics, thermal issues in electric vehicles, cooling of new batteries, thermoelectric materials, environmental fluid dynamics, etc.
Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and or modeling and simulation packages used in thermal and fluid sciences
Experience with research and scholarly activity
A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
Commitment to innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies that enhance student learning outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience teaching courses in college or relevant instructional experience
Commitment to students’ holistic development, including encouraging students to reflect and engage with engineering in a broader social context
Experience working collaboratively across disciplines
Evidence indicating promise of service to the department, college, university, and community in alignment with the mission of the university
Commitment to student-centered mentoring and advising

Physical Requirements

 Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).


Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience


Instructions for Applicants

Candidates must apply by completing an application and uploading materials. Materials must include: 

(1) a detailed cover letter describing the ways your background addresses the required and preferred qualifications;

(2) a one-page teaching philosophy statement;

(3) a one-page statement of your research plans that specifically addresses the inclusion of undergraduate students; 

(4) diversity statement describing evidence of your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, 

(5) a complete curriculum vitae,

(6) the names and contact information of three professional references. Please do not include any letters of recommendation—they will be requested for all semi-finalists. 


To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 15, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the full consideration date until the positions are flled.


Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. Detroit Mercy seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity  Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds. 


Inclusivity is Our Priority: We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Your unique background and experiences will enrich our academic community and help us push the boundaries of innovation in Mechanical Engineering.


Inspire the Next Generation: Our students come from diverse backgrounds and are eager to learn. By joining us, you will have the chance to inspire and educate the next generation of mechanical engineers. Collaboration and Support: You’ll be part of a supportive community of academics who are passionate about their fields. Collaborate with like-minded experts to drive innovation and create a better future.