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Grainger Engineering: Clinical Professor (Professor of Practice) Open Rank - Aerospace Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023

Clinical Professor (Professor of Practice) in Aerospace Engineering (Open Rank)

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time Clinical Professor (i.e. Professor of Practice working title) position of any rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full).  The successful candidate will join the department’s thriving community of faculty and will make a significant impact on aerospace engineering education by providing instruction to graduate and undergraduate students based on their knowledge gained from practical, real-world engineering experience. The position is planned to complement current expertise in the department in spacecraft and aircraft design, including, but not limited to, areas such as guidance, navigation, and control, aerospace systems, materials and structures, aerodynamics and propulsion, embedded systems, human spaceflight, and aerospace medicine.

A Clinical Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign:

·      Is a member of the department faculty, with voting rights, and has executive authority over how they spend their time in pursuit of impact on students, the discipline, and society.  There is exceptional flexibility in that they define the focus of their position in collaboration with the department, demonstrate it has potential to be impactful, and strive to realize and show impact.

·     Is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, usually two per semester. Courses tend to be focused on applied engineering in order to bring practical, real-world experience and knowledge to instruction.

·     May supervise student research as appropriate and collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the department and University. They may establish research programs, manage labs, lead testing programs, and/or modeling campaigns for purposes they identify, and may write proposals to outside entities to support such endeavors.

·       May receive annually a multi-year appointment for 9-month academic year service. Salaries are negotiable, commensurate with experience and promise, and increase with merit. They may also receive maximum three additional (summer) months of salary from grants, start-up funds, summer teaching, other department service, or other opportunities in compliance with University Policy.

·       May engage in outside consulting work one day per week in compliance with University Policy. This does not diminish base salary.

There are extensive departmental and university support and resources available to the Clinical Professor, including:

·      Start-up funding, negotiated at the time of offer acceptance, that may be used, for example, to purchase research and/or teaching equipment and/or software, support graduate student stipends, and support travel to attend conferences.

  • State-of-the-art laboratories including new satellite and drone laboratories. The satellite laboratory has cleanroom, thermal vacuum, electronics, and assembly stations to support students, faculty, and other industry and government customers. The flight/drone lab is a facility to manufacture and test all aspects of UAV design and includes a 25’x30’ motion capture room.

·      Dual-career program and family support resources.  We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to   work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff ( affairs/work-life-balance/).

·      To find out more about the resources available at the university and Urbana-Champaign community please visit these sites:  Dual-career program, Benefits, and Living In CU.

Practical experience is paramount, but all candidates should have at least a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering or a related field. A Masters or PhD in Aerospace Engineering or a related field is preferred. Prior experience teaching aerospace engineering courses and mentoring and advising students and/or early career professionals is desirable, but not required.  Candidates with prior experience in aerospace research, development, and/or engineering programs in industry or government organizations are especially encouraged to apply. The Department of Aerospace Engineering is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment, with a focus on diversifying the faculty. We are seeking faculty who can provide quality instruction while also contributing to the diversity and excellence of our department.

This is a renewable non-tenure track position appointed on a 9-month service basis. The proposed start date is August 16, 2024; however, this is negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, statement of service, diversity statement, and names/contact information for three references by January 15, 2024. The statement of service should address past and/or potential future professional and industry contributions to associations, organizations, and societies. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Additional resources on preparing application materials can be found at these sites: Grad College Faculty Applications and Grainger College of Engineering DEI guidelines.

Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Kathy Atwood at

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1020722
Job Category: Faculty
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