Director of Capstone Design and Teaching Faculty

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Work type: Non-Tenure Track Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Engineering, Design & Society, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Director of Capstone Design and Teaching Faculty

The Opportunity:

The Division of Engineering, Design, and Society (EDS) at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a non-tenure-track Teaching Faculty position focused on design education, with a primary assignment of directing the Mines Capstone Senior Design Program (  Applicants qualified for appointment at the ranks of Teaching Associate Professor or Teaching Full Professor will be considered; applicants must indicate the rank to which they are applying. We especially seek candidates excited to share the EDS mission and vision articulated on our website at and are looking for an outstanding engineering educator who is passionate about design and how it can inspire students to make a difference in the world.

Capstone Design is an interdisciplinary collaboration between four departments at Mines, representing five degree programs (EDS, plus mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering). The program currently provides a six-credit, two-semester, client-based, multi-disciplinary team experience for approximately 500 senior engineering students yearly, approximately half of Mines’ annual graduating class. The leadership team includes representatives from each department, together with the director and a stakeholder relations manager who spearheads outreach. The director coordinates the leadership team to ensure the smooth operation of the program and to identify a suitable number and quality of client-sponsored projects.


The successful candidate will serve as director of Mines Capstone Senior Design Program and will also be expected to contribute to teaching, service, and academic program development activities. In particular, they will be expected to be a leader in bringing knowledge of best practices in design education to the institution (where “design” means more than “engineering design”). They will also be expected to work effectively in the collegial, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment that exists in EDS and across the Mines campus. Finally, the successful candidate will not only oversee the program curriculum and its implementation with the leadership team, but will also have responsibility for program financial planning, budgeting, a budget management.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A graduate degree in engineering or a closely-related or relevant field.
  • Experience in design education, including teaching design and leadership in design pedagogy, as evidenced by curriculum development and design pedagogy scholarly contributions.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, including professional written communications.
  • Demonstrated success in financial management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in engineering education.
  • Teaching Associate/Full Professor: Demonstrated record of teaching excellence and evidence of educational service.
  • Teaching Full Professor: Demonstrated record of leadership and application of educational research, as evidenced by course innovation, publications, or success in attracting pedagogical research support.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in engineering or a closely-related or relevant field
  • Professional experience in design practice
  • Active engagement in relevant ASEE divisions
  • Demonstrated collaboration in teaching, research, or strategic planning with non-engineers, particularly relative to the social implications of technology development
  • Teaching, scholarship, and service experiences that are clearly aligned with, and that would support, the Mines@150 strategic plan (
About Mines, the Department & Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is a public institution dedicated to education and research in science and engineering. Located in picturesque Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. Mines provides opportunities for significant collaboration with government labs and industry, as well as with other universities. Mines is home to approximately 5,100 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students of which 30% are female and 10% are international. Faculty at Mines have been involved in research and education relating to the earth, energy, and the environment since its founding in 1874. Colorado School of Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money magazine in 2020. Campus academic and research faculty received $78.3 million in research awards in fiscal year 2020. The EDS Division at Mines is the institution’s newest academic unit. Launched in 2017, EDS offers an interdisciplinary, design-focused BS in Engineering degree program and several minors, is the primary partner in an innovative MS degree in Humanitarian Engineering and Science, is home to the Mines Humanitarian Engineering Program, and delivers first-year design education to every student on campus via the Cornerstone Design program as well as senior-year capstone design education to approximately half the campus. EDS has 15 faculty members and is supported by 3 staff members.

Diversity Commitment: 

Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of excellence in learning and research. Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to creating a richer mix of ideas, energizing and enlightening debates, deeper commitments, and a host of educational, research, and service outcomes. As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Mines community has a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access, which supports wide ranging activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility (

How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, and veteran status) and upload the following:

  1. A cover letter describing interest in the position and desired rank,
  2. A statement of teaching philosophy and experience, including a description of any experience with online teaching,
  3. A curriculum vitae, and
  4. A statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and/or proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to those submitted by January 15, 2021. The desired start date is August 2021.

Further information: Please contact Kathleen Feighny in Human Resources at

Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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