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Professor of Practice Position

Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University

The Department of Industrial Engineering (IE) invites applications for a Professor of Practice non-tenure track faculty position starting in August 2023.

This new position is intended to provide leadership at the Department level in Corporate Relations and Professional Degree Program Management. The ideal candidate will have extensive background working with corporate partners and promoting / managing professional degree programs. The candidate should be ready to support existing expertise within the Industrial Engineering capstone design structure, as well as assisting the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences by providing synergy across departments and supporting client interaction in managing capstone design.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and nurturing relationships with corporate partners to create opportunities for student engagement (internships, scholarships), capstone projects, funded research, and enrollment in professional degree programs.
  • Expanding the reach of existing professional degree programs and identifying new opportunities.
  • Assisting as needed in the delivery of senior design / capstone projects throughout the year.
  • Assisting as needed in industry-sponsored research projects. Contributing to the academic mission by teaching design-based and engineering management courses.
  • Offering seminars or short courses that focus on practical skills development.

The Department of Industrial Engineering has 23 full-time faculty members with additional growth expected over the next few years. We have a student population of over 500 undergraduate students, 125 M.S. students, 100 MEng students and 40 Ph.D. students. Additional information about the Department can be found at Clemson University is South Carolina’s public land-grant University. As a Carnegie R1 Institution, the University has excellent research resources, including the Palmetto Cluster – a top 500 global high-performance computing cluster. CECAS encourages impactful interdisciplinary work, and this culture of collaboration includes joint appointments in other departments and schools on campus, as well as extensive work with several industry partners. The University, College, and Department are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of scholars dedicated to working and teaching in a multicultural environment. In addition, Clemson University recognizes that many prospective candidates for faculty positions have dual career needs. The Dual Career Program in the Office of the Provost provides support when considering employment opportunities within the university and in the surrounding community.


Successful candidates must have a master's degree or terminal degree in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with previous high-level engineering and leadership experience in the private or public sectors. Competitive candidates will demonstrate the ability to support the growth of our professional degree programs, provide undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence, contribute to the department’s mission, and commit to our diversity and inclusion goals. The ideal candidate will have extensive background working with corporate partners and promoting / managing professional degree programs. We are seeking candidates with prior experience working in graduate education for working professionals. The ideal candidate would also have background and an interest in introducing students to engineering management, project design, and business principles, possibly leading to new course offerings. Application areas of interest include supply chain, logistics, project design, transportation, healthcare, and sustainability.

Application Instructions

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
  4. List of Three (3) Professional References including Names, Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Kevin Taaffe at

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.