Assistant Professor, Plastics Engineering Technology

Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

Job posting number: #7222274

Posted: February 28, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description Summary
Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio is seeking a tenure-track faculty member to support the Plastics Engineering Technology program, with a start date of August 26, 2024. The Plastics program at Shawnee has recently renovated labs for plastics processing, materials testing, design, machining, and additive manufacturing.

Duties of the position include:
Instructing undergraduate courses with emphasis on hands-on labs with state-of-the-art equipment in the Plastics Engineering Technology program. Areas of instruction may include:

o Plastics Processing (includes a wide variety of industrial plastics processing courses and labs)
o Plastic Part and Mold Design
o Mold-making and CNC Machining
Participating in curriculum and program advancement
o Contributing to ABET accreditation efforts, including incorporation of outcome assessments and corresponding improvements into curriculum.
o Staying current with industry trends and refining curriculum to maintain/improve alignment with industry needs
Engaging with students in and out of the classroom in co-curricular activities. Opportunities include:
o Representing SSU with industry partners and organizations
o Advising and mentoring students applying for jobs/internships
o Mentoring student club(s)
o Engaging with prospective students
Engaging in professional development and scholarly activities such as:
o Taking courses and attending workshops
o Undertaking inter-disciplinary research and projects with fellow SSU faculty

Shawnee State University’s Plastics Program is the only 4-year degree in Plastics Engineering Technology in the state of Ohio and provides a specialized, in-demand education through a combination of theory and hands-on lab application.

The search committee will review applications until the position is filled. Only online applications are accepted. Complete your application by clicking the Apply for this Job link above and including:
• cover letter addressed to Prof. Adam Miller, Chair, Department of Engineering Technologies, College of Professional Studies, specifically addressing how your qualifications meet the posted minimum requirements of the position;
• a CV;
• academic transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (official transcripts will be requested prior to hiring);
• a 1 to 2-page statement of teaching philosophy;
• in the Professional References section of your application, enter a minimum of three references who can confirm your experience and abilities to perform the responsibilities of this position. The References you provide will receive an email containing a unique link that allows them to upload your reference letter confidentially. Reference letters should be addressed to Prof. Adam Miller, Chair, Department of Engineering Technologies, College of Professional Studies
• Candidates invited for an on-campus interview will be required to present a teaching and lab demonstration of abilities.

Specific questions regarding this position may be directed to Professor Adam Miller, Chair, Department of Engineering Technologies, College of Professional Studies, [email protected].

Shawnee State University is the regional state university for South-Central Ohio. It is a primarily undergraduate, four-year public university with limited graduate degree programs. Enrollment is approximately 3,500 students. Shawnee State is located on the Ohio River in Portsmouth, Ohio – a small city nestled in a beautiful, rural area of Southern Ohio. Portsmouth is approximately one hour drive from Huntington, WV, and two hours from Columbus or Cincinnati, Ohio. Additional information about SSU is available at

Shawnee State offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications) including an attractive benefits package (see Overview of Employee Benefits for more information).

Employment with the University is dependent upon BOT budget approval for the fiscal year. Official transcripts and background check are required prior to hire. We are committed to maintaining an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multicultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

SSU seeks individuals who share our commitment to students as our first priority.

Shawnee State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against any individual because of race, color, genetic information, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or military status.
Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:
• Terminal degree in area closely related to Plastics Engineering Technology and 3 years industry experience in Mold design, Mold making, Machining, Extrusion and/or Injection Molding. Candidates with a Master’s degree in field related to Plastics Engineering Technology and 5+ years industry experience will be considered if a Doctorate degree will be completed within 5 years of start date.
• Demonstrated experience, skills and competence to teach with emphasis on hands-on industrial labs and lecture courses consistent with a broad plastics engineering technology curriculum and industry needs.
• Demonstrable skills in oral and written communication in the English language;
• Strong professional experience in the areas of plastics processing technology including injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming, and other manufacturing processes, plastic part and mold design, CNC machining, compounding and formulation, materials testing, and material science.

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Job posting number:#7222274
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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