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Instructor of Engineering

Posted: 09/09/2022

WORKING TITLE: Instructor of Engineering
DEPARTMENT: Engineering and Computer Science
POSTING DATE: August 23, 2022
CLOSING DATE: September 30, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience
POSITION TYPE: EHRA Faculty, 10-month, 1.0 FTE


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for one full-time Instructor of Engineering at its new campus in Morganton, North Carolina. Positions are 10-month, permanent-track positions with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.

NCSSM, the Division of Academic Programs, and the department of Engineering and Computer Science foster an environment of collaboration across departments and divisions and support community-engaged service and research. NCSSM is proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we are strongly committed to increasing faculty and staff diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are an individual with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process, please contact us at

Description of Duties:

This Instructor of Engineering position will be part of the seminal faculty cohort to be located on the new Morganton Campus of NCSSM.

The position reports to the Chair of Engineering and is primarily responsible for providing instruction for assigned courses. As general duties of the position, an NCSSM instructor is expected to plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate content and skills specific to each course; to develop and communicate clear course objectives and goals to students; to structure and manage an environment conducive to learning; to maintain the condition of classroom equipment and monitor and disseminate supplies of consumable laboratory materials; to regularly monitor and evaluate student progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance; to hold tutorial sessions and/or office hours as outlined by the department and in response to student needs; and to model for students responsibility to self and others. These expectations will necessarily be extended to the multiple different teaching formats that are supported by the department, including formats for broadcast, remote, hybrid and online teaching as well as in-person instruction at the home campus (Morganton for this position).  Instructors assigned to one discipline may also teach courses in another of the departmental disciplines (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) when applicable to the skill set, background, and interest of the instructor.

Instructors in this position are also expected to follow NCSSM’s philosophy, policies, and procedures; to attend faculty meetings convened for coordination of school activities; to effectively collaborate with colleagues; and to participate in professional development and activities designed for personal intellectual growth. They are further asked to dedicate substantial time towards participation in the academic community within and beyond the school through one or more of the following activities:  professional outreach in the form of information, service, and expertise to other schools and organizations; assisting students on special projects or independent, individual or small-group seminar-style study; facilitating student aspirations for college with supportive recommendation letters; developing new course curricula; and providing advising and supervision for school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.

This position is targeted to begin on or before January 2023 and will be tasked with preparing curriculum and physical spaces for in-person instruction for the inaugural NCSSM Morganton student class that arrived in Fall of 2022, with teaching duties starting at the beginning of the second semester in February 2023. The currently scheduled Spring 23 teaching load is two sections of Engineering (currently Electrical) and one section of Introductory Robotics. For future years, the instructor will work with the Chair of Engineering to identify a slate of courses that align with instructor background and interests and either duplicate or are commensurate with current offerings. Examples of current courses in Engineering include focused introductions to specific engineering fields (Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Robotics) or skill/knowledge-based topics (Statics, Circuits, BioInstrumentation, CAD/CAM). The instructor schedule will also include the possibility in the future of one or more courses delivered to the Online program, remotely to the Durham campus, or provided to both Morganton and Durham in a dual-classroom hybrid setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Competitive candidates will have experience teaching courses in one of the department’s disciplines; experience in using educational technology; commitment to designing new curriculum; and a willingness to participate in residential school programs including social, recreational, and advisory responsibilities at times other than usual school hours.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities for Engineering instructors include a familiarity with Engineering Design as a Process and its application to a major primary branch of Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical) or a secondary field (eg. Aerospace, Biomedical, Environmental) that can be suitably introduced to a high school audience. Additional valuable skills include the capability to read and calibrate laboratory devices for measurement, ability to code in one or more modern programming languages, and familiarity with engineering technology (circuits, motors, sensors, mechanical devices) and fabrication tools for small scale prototyping. 

Minimum Education and Experience:

A Master’s degree in Engineering or a related technical field, or a Master’s degree in Education with a technical Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred experience includes teaching in engineering or a related technical field, preferably with secondary students or with undergraduates at the freshman/sophomore level; also preparation for teaching a diverse student population as demonstrated by training and experience.

Please attach a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy to the online application before submitting. The cover letter should clearly state which areas of engineering, computer science, and/or related disciplines the candidate feels qualified to teach.

About NCSSM:

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a world-class public high school with statewide reach empowering academically talented students from diverse backgrounds from every corner of the state to design their own future. We offer residential high school programs in Durham and Morganton for juniors and seniors or virtual high school courses and programs that students can take alongside their local curriculum, all tuition free. Our wide array of summer offerings for rising 5th- through 12th-graders includes free opportunities for in-state students alongside paid options for students from anywhere in the world. NCSSM Extended Learning partners with communities and regions to advance student learning and outcomes.

Specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math, and embracing the fine arts and humanities, NCSSM has become the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globe since its founding in 1980 and is a full constituent of the University of North Carolina System. NCSSM’s Ignite + Transform comprehensive campaign seeks to raise $50 million in private support for our mission.

The new NCSSM-Morganton campus is opening in 2022 for summer programs and its first fall academic term and will focus on the booming fields of data science and artificial intelligence, preparing the leaders of tomorrow to navigate a future driven by data and machine learning, with emphasis on the humanistic implications and ethical use of these tools.

Nearly two-thirds of NCSSM graduates earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field -- over three times the national average, including 58 percent of our underrepresented minority graduates, which is nearly four times the national average. Nearly three-quarters have earned or are seeking a graduate degree. A 2020 economic impact study found that 54 percent of our alumni continue to live and work in North Carolina, catalyzing nearly $1.3 billion in annual economic activity. NCSSM embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion, and seeks to recruit employees who share these values.

For more information, please read the NCSSM strategic plan and visit

How to Apply:

Submit electronic application via: Please create an account, search for the Instructional Designer and Curriculum Specialist position vacancy, and submit the online application.

Please complete your application in full. All required Competencies, Work History, and Credentials must appear on the application in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application to receive consideration during the selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the State Application form in its entirety. “See Attached Resume or an Embedded Text Resume” will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Applicants seeking Veteran’s preference must attach a DD-214 form, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, along with the application. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require a motor vehicle check. If the highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. NCSSM participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications. However, if multiple applications are submitted to a posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted. There is a 24-hour waiting period before an applicant can re-apply to a position.

If you have questions, please contact Eric Hunsley, Assistant Human Resources Director, at

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