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Electrical and Computer Engineering: Associate Teaching Professor inExperiential Learning

Company: University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz
Posted on: November 16, 2022

Job Description:

Electrical and Computer Engineering: Associate Teaching Professor in Experiential Learning (Initial Review 12.2.22)

Position overview
Position title: Associate Teaching Professor in Experiential Learning
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023.

Application Window

Open date: October 3, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Associate Teaching Professor of Experiential Learning. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing ECE Capstone design projects, managing and coordinating with multiple faculty, as well as bringing in experiential learning into other courses in the curriculum;. The successful candidate will be expected to use best practices to introduce experiential learning in the undergraduate progression, and to revise and evaluate existing experiential learning practices both directly within ECE as well as in multi-disciplinary projects.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has a diverse curriculum with an emphasis on Digital and Analog Hardware, Devices, Photonics, Communications, Renewable Power, Signals and Systems and Robotics. Our Electrical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The successful candidate will direct and teach in the Capstone Senior Design program, where teams of senior-level students design and construct substantial projects during a two-quarter project sequence. Many projects are performed in collaboration with stakeholders from outside UCSC. The selected candidate will also participate in other design and lab-centric courses offered in the department. Some current examples are ECE118 Mechatronics, ECE121 Microprocessor System Design, ECE173 High Speed Digital Design, and ECE157 RF Hardware Design, which are the core design courses that prepare students for the Capstone sequence.

Candidates with strength in at least one of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
--- A track record of design or engineering project-based collaboration with commercial, non-profit, or educational groups;
--- A track record of leading engineering design courses;
--- Strong background in one or more of the areas of focus of Electrical and Computer Engineering including engineering design, systems engineering, computer systems design, product design, electrical systems design, robotics, cyber-physical systems;
--- Educational research concerning capstone design programs, experiential learning, and entrepreneurial thinking;
--- Experience directing multiple simultaneous engineering teams

The successful candidate is expected to develop an educational research program, supported by external grants, driven by personal intellectual inquiry with likely focus areas including the senior design program, other experiential learning programs, engineering education, or broadening participation in engineering.

The working title of this position is Associate Teaching Professor, while the payroll title is Lecturer with Security of Employment. This title is used differently at the University of California than at some other institutions. Important facts to note are: this position has all the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, "Security of Employment" is directly analogous to tenure. This title earns sabbatical credit and has the same summer flexibility as Senate faculty. Candidates hired into this position will have Principal Investigator status for the purpose of grant applications and administration. Faculty members in this position, as with other Senate faculty, will be regularly reviewed for further advancement and salary increases. The Security of Employment series is evaluated on achievements in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and activity, and University and public service set by the University of California system.

UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU, an association of the top research universities in the US), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a member of the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities (HRSU), a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a member of several identity and ethnic affinity professional societies. Broadening participation in engineering, and equitably and inclusively serving underrepresented minoritized students are key values at UC Santa Cruz.

Our campus is the nearest University of California campus to Silicon Valley and has close research ties with the local computer industry. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz, our beautiful campus has a long history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work. The Baskin School of Engineering is home to six departments, contributing to the richness of its research. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, and our satellite campus there, afford opportunities and avenues for collaboration with researchers working in the many research and development labs in Silicon Valley, as well as with the other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to promote these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, creative/professional activity, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

The successful candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) in Engineering and teaching, research, or industry experience.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Professional Achievement and Activity - A statement that summarizes your professional and creative activities relevant to the advertised position
  • Sample course syllabi
  • Student course evaluations
  • Sample course syllabi (Optional)
  • Sample course syllabi (Optional)
  • Sample course syllabi (Optional)
  • Student course evaluations - up to 10 optional sets can be combined and submitted as one PDF document. (Optional)
  • Up to three publications, certificates, awards, etc. that document contributions may be included as optional materials - Multiple materials can be combined and submitted as one PDF document.


    Reference requirements
    • 3-5 letters of reference required
      Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

      *All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at
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      Campus Information

      The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

      Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

      UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

      If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

      UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

      The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

      As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.


      Job location

      Santa Cruz, California

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