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Assistant Professor - Aviation (Aircraft Systems)

Apply now Job no: 531573
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering


Position Rank and Title:
Assistant Professor/Aviation (Aircraft Systems)

School/Department Name: College of Engineering/Aviation and Technology Department

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. Anticipated hiring academic year annual salary range:
$101,508 - $114,408 annually. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2024

Application Deadline: February 15, 2024 - New Date (Applications accepted until filled or closed)


Position Description

The Department of Aviation and Technology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Aviation Program to teach undergraduate courses primarily aircraft systems design, flight controls and avionics, and flight operations. The applicant is also expected to teach courses in the General Aviation area including air traffic management, aviation management. In addition, the applicant is expected to carry out sponsored research and projects involving students.

Department Summary

The Aviation and Technology Department is the oldest department in the College of Engineering. The Department has an enrollment of over 800 in its programs and enjoys having a strong relationship with local industry through continuous support of its Industry Advisory Boards. The Department has had a long-standing internship program as part of its curriculum to allow students to gain industry experience while industry evaluates such students as long-term potential employees.

The Department offers a BS degree in Aviation in four options of 1) Professional Flight, 2) Flight Operations, 3) Aviation Management, and 4) Maintenance Management. The Aviation Program is ranked #1 in on the West Coast of the US and California, and is ranked #4 Nationally.

This Department offers both BS and MS Degrees in Engineering Technology. The BS degrees are offered in the following concentrations: a) Computer Network System Management, b) Manufacturing Systems. Computer Network System Management (CNSM) prepares students to meet the demand by industry in recruiting graduates with knowledge, skills, and experience in Computer Network Systems. The Manufacturing Systems prepares students with modern tools related to Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and data analytics in Advance Factory Operation and Modern Manufacturing Ecosystem. Our BS and MS programs students are engaged in academic research with faculty, or work on projects with industries senior projects and MS projects. Our full-time faculty are all active researchers and are successful in attracting major funding from industry. 

The Aviation and Technology Department and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • A Masters or a Doctorate Degree in Aviation, Aeronautics or Engineering with a conferral date of no later than June 15, 2024.
  • Faculty in the Aviation Program are expected to have expertise in the subject matter of the classes or labs they teach, including a certificate in Airframe and Power plant (A&P) with direct experience in aircraft maintenance.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to and capability of: (a) teaching and working with a diverse population of undergraduate students, (b) curricular innovation to complement and further advance the program, (c) laboratory development that enhances the quality of education and research, (d) development of externally funded research programs and laboratory capabilities, and (e) publications of research work in peer-reviewed research journals and professional conferences.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Experience and strong research expertise in aircraft systems design, flight controls and avionics, and flight operations
  • FAA Flight Rating in Part 141
  • Extensive industry and/or academic research experience relevant to the aviation field

Key Responsibilities

  • The regular teaching duties of the faculty include: (a) Developing all necessary course materials, (b) Grading course assignments, examinations and project reports, (c) Enforcing academic policies in the assigned course, such as academic integrity violations and reporting these to the appropriate authorities, (d) Coordinating the activities of teaching assistants/graders who may have been assigned to the course, (e) Posting the final grades in a timely manner at the end of the semester, and (f) contributing to the regular assessment and continuous improvement of teaching effectiveness at both course and program levels.
  • Faculty are also expected to conduct teaching and research activities of the highest academic and professional caliber, while maintaining a student-centric approach at all times, thus contributing to the development of students as productive, responsible, and caring citizens of the world. This includes maintaining an active research lab that provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participation in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees, academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students, and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution. 

Faculty employees must complete CSU employee training as assigned and required based on their role (e.g., Data Security, FERPA, Preventing Discrimination and Harassment, Title IX, Health and Safety). The President may recommend or require compliance with safety measures that decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission or illness and allows the core mission and activities of the campus to continue.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plan
  • three references with contact information or three reference letters

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Fred Barez:

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California and requires commuting to the campus. Employment is contingent upon US residence and proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. 

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at


Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


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