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Assistant/Associate Professor

Air Force Institute of Technology
Dayton, Ohio
$69,693 - $195,000 per year
Closing date
Jan 8, 2024

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Construction Engineering, Planning & Development
Position Type
Faculty / Professor
Contract Type
Organization Type

Position Summary:   Performs faculty duties in the Department of Systems Engineering and Management within the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at AFIT. 

NOTE: Initial appointment is under Schedule A appointing authority, Excepted Appointment Not-to-Exceed 3 years.  At the time of the expiration of the initial appointment an employee who adequately demonstrates professional competence can be extended in increments of 1, 2 or 3 years or for an indefinite period.   If awarded *Permanent Academic Tenure by the organization, may be converted to an Indefinite appointment in the Excepted Service without time limitations.  An initial appointment can be allowed to expire for an employee who does not adequately demonstrate professional competence.  The appointment cannot be converted to a permanent tenure in the competitive service.  (*Permanent academic tenure refers only to professional academic tenure; it does not encompass "Status" as used in civil service regulations regarding career tenure with competitive service appointments.)

This is a Tenure Track position.  Academic tenure is based upon performance and approval of the faculty and may be considered after the initial or subsequent 3-year appointment period.  Selectee may be offered an initial appointment with tenure if their academic credentials warrant such action.

Position Location:
USAF, Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
Air University (AU)
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
Graduate School of Engineering and Management,
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433

Travel Required: Occasional Travel

Travel Description: Travel by military or commercial transportation to gather ideas for improving curriculum, establish research contacts and agreements, conduct research, and present results of research may be required.

Relocation Authorized: May be authorized.
U.S. citizenship required
Must obtain and maintain a security clearance


  • Teaches graduate courses related to Construction and/or Built Infrastructure Life Cycle Management, including the associated duties of enforcing classroom standards, preparing course materials according to published course descriptions, and providing extra instruction outside of normal class hours for students who require it. Provides well-organized instruction to facilitate, assess, and continuously improve student learning. Counsels and evaluates assigned students, providing student assessment and motivation
  • Initiates and conducts a program of research in the Construction and/or Built Infrastructure Life Cycle Management, contributing to the body of knowledge. Pursues professional development through membership in professional societies and participation in conferences or other appropriate activities to maintain professional and academic currency in area of specialization. Research is defined as inquiry undertaken to establish facts, develop principles, or illuminate or answer questions within an area of intellectual pursuit through the systematic collection of evidence that can be subjected to replication, verification, or critical evaluation by persons other than the original researcher. Research activity is expected to result in peer-reviewed journal publications, invited or reviewed conference presentations and proceedings, research grants, review papers, monographs, and seminar and colloquium presentations. Faculty members are expected, over their careers, to establish and sustain sponsored research, to include funding sufficient to support their scholarly activities.
  • Advises graduate students regarding education plans, school and Institute policy, elective courses, and career alternatives. Performs administrative functions, as required, to support departmental, school, and Institute operations. Service is defined as contributions and activities that promote the general welfare of the Institute, the academic discipline, the Department of Defense, and society at large. Graduate faculty members provide advice and counsel to improve the quality of educational programs. Faculty members serve internally through various departmental, School and Institute committees. They are active in School governance, assume administrative duties within the Department, and mentor junior faculty members. Service includes displaying a collegial spirit of cooperation and contribution to the affairs of the Department, the School, and the Institute. Faculty serve their respective disciplines by refereeing journal articles, conference papers and grant proposals, organizing professional conferences or sessions, as members of editorial boards, as officers of professional societies, and as members of national and/or international review boards and committees. Faculty contribute to the overall mission of the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense by providing expert consultation, serving on advisory boards, and facilitating technology transfer.

Applicants must have an earned Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field and a demonstrated ability to conduct and manage an academic research program.  Applicants must exhibit potential for maintaining a strong publication and funding effort commensurate with each academic rank.  

At the Assistant Professor rank:   For an initial appointment to the academic rank of Assistant Professor, applicants should have a strong potential for both teaching and research at the graduate level.  Applicants should have a distinguished academic record and the background, commitment, and desire to teach graduate classes, conduct research, and publish.  

At the Associate Professor rank:  In addition to the criteria for an Assistant Professor, an initial appointment to the academic rank of Associate Professor must be based on convincing evidence that the individual has demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.  The candidate must have 5 years of significant professional experience after having earned the doctoral degree.  This will normally include no fewer than 3 years of full-time, university-level teaching at the Assistant Professor rank or higher.  Alternatively, for those with fewer than 3 years of teaching experience, the requirement is 6 years of significant professional experience with research credentials normally expected of a full Professor.


Questions on the position opening or the department should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Willie F. Harper, Jr. email:


The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement: 

  • Letter of Application Statement of Candidate's Teaching and Research Interests Names, Affiliations, and Contact Information of at least three references Current Curriculum Vitae/Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your Resume/Curriculum Vitae may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hour per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes/curriculum vitae that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position. Copies of unofficial transcripts (terminal degree required, all others are optional) DD214 or "Certification" of service (Document must reflect character of service) SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, if applicable Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, if applicable

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