Instructor – UMD Civil Engineering Department

University of Minnesota
July 14, 2021
Duluth, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications:
• Master's degree from an accredited university in a relevant field
• Effective oral and written communication skills appropriate to the position

Preferred Qualifications:
• College-level teaching experience (graduate TA experience acceptable) or professional experience in a relevant field
• Experience teaching in the structural engineering discipline including senior design capstone, steel design, wood design, or masonry design
• Effective teaching and pedagogy skills appropriate to the position
• Licensure as a professional engineer (P.E.) or commitment to obtaining licensure when eligible
• Evidence of the ability to work effectively with diverse groups
• Demonstrated experience with assessment

About the Job

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks term Instructors (Job Code 9404) that may be part- or full-time to teach during the 2021-2022 academic year (8/23/21-5/22/22). Position responsibilities and expectations include teaching senior design capstone course and other courses in structural engineering.

Teaching (approximately 90%):
• Teach senior design capstone and other courses in structural engineering
• Demonstrate high command of their subject matter
• Have well organized course plans and deliver courses clearly to students
• Participate in curricular development
• Mentor students regarding specific coursework both inside and outside the classroom
• Support the University's goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity, and social justice
• Maintain a consistent and positive student teaching evaluation record

Service (approximately 10%):
• Participate in ongoing professional activities of one's discipline
• Advise undergraduate students

About the Department

The Civil Engineering Department is housed in a multi-million dollar building with state of the art classrooms and laboratories for each focus area. UMD is a midsized regional comprehensive public university of about 12,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior. The Civil Engineering department was established in 2008 and is a part of the third largest college (the Swenson College of Science and Engineering) in the U of M system. The department has close connections with local industries and government agencies and its applied curricula has attracted a growing number of undergraduate and graduate students since its inception. More information can be found at: .

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, go to and search for job ID 341666 . First, submit the application with a cover letter and CV/resume in pdf format and then completely log out of the application. Log back in and return to the "My Job Applications" page to attach the additional documents, also in pdf format.

Complete applications include the online application, cover letter, and resume/CV, plus additional documents as follows: (1) contact information for 3 current professional references and (2) teaching philosophy and (3) diversity statement. Even if you provide this information within the application, you must also attach the requested additional documents. Please do not miss this important step in the application process. Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota Duluth by the start date. Final candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning July 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please send any inquiries to Kim Becker at 218-726-6444 or .

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact MSRS or PERA for any eligibility limitations.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: .

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

UMD is a regional comprehensive land- and sea-grant state university, one of five coordinate campuses within the State of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff. The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. There are significant opportunities for fostering existing and creating new ties with local, regional, and national industry stakeholders.

Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, the city of Duluth offers an enticing selection of adventures for four season outdoor enthusiasts as well as a rich variety of cultural opportunities. Metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul is less than three hours south of Duluth.

A dynamic city on a hill situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine's Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior -- the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings.

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at .

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