Assist/Assoc/Full Professor of the Practice - Project Management
School of Professional Studies
The University of Kansas, Edwards Campus, School of Professional Studies, Project Management Department seeks an outstanding individual for a non-tenure track twelve-month faculty position as an Assistant Professor of the Practice for our growing Project Management program (PMGT). Exceptionally qualified candidates will be considered at advanced levels. The successful candidate will have a professional record in project management and teaching, exceptional communication skills, and a strong commitment to educating and developing future project managers. The ideal candidate will have a developed teaching philosophy and a demonstrated desire to inspire students and encourage lifelong learning in project management. The candidate will be expected to teach at least eight graduate courses per academic year in the area of project management. As a Professor of Practice, the successful candidate has an obligation to maintain a consistent record of distinction through professional activities within the department and community. This position reports to the Director of Project Management.
This faculty position is expected to teach undergraduate (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management), and graduate (Master of Engineering and Master of Science in Project Management) Project Management programs and certificates. These programs are offered at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas, and the Leavenworth Campus in Leavenworth, Kansas. The candidate will be expected to teach in various formats such as in-person, hybrid, and online.
Learn more about the Project Management programs at http://ugpmgt.ku.edu and http://pmgt.ku.edu
The appointment is a Fiscal Year (12-month) appointment with an initial term of 3 years, with a course load of 3 classes each fall and spring semester and 2 courses each summer semester. Subsequent appointments may be offered, contingent upon a satisfactory comprehensive performance evaluation during the final year of this appointment and approval of the Dean of the School of Professional Studies.
Special consideration will be given to applicants committed to excellence who can contribute to the University’s innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world.
This position serves the education needs of a Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) program. Specific percentages of effort for JCERT are determined each year.
The KU Edwards Campus is in Overland Park, Kansas.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. Our institutional priorities are to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu
KU Benefits: KU offers an array of benefits to assist employees with their health, life, retirement, and other needs. Details regarding benefits offered to employees can be found here: https://humanresources.ku.edu/benefits
Teaching three courses in Fall and Spring semesters and two courses in Summer semesters in the Bachelor and/or Master project management programs in the School of Professional Studies. Teaching responsibilities include curriculum development, instructional design, virtual classroom management, and grading and teaching improvement. Faculty are responsible for keeping curricula up-to-date and engaging with external organizations to ensure relevance to a variety of workplace needs. Provide adequate means to evaluate student performance, including examinations and assignments (such as papers, projects, presentations, etc.) and grading.
Professional Service (25%)
25% Provides academic and curricular leadership advice to the department. Develops and enhances course curriculum. Academic advising and monitoring student progression. Promotes initiatives related to student recruitment and retention by developing student and alumni newsletters, revisions to the department web page, and conducting surveys of alumni. Contributes to decisions made related to the educational aspect of the PMGT program regarding quality assurance and marketing. Acts as departmental liaison with regional engineering firms, professional societies, and the PMGT advisory board.
1. Minimum Master’s Degree in Project Management, Business, Operations Management, Engineering, Engineering Management, Business, Leadership, Management, Technology Management, or its equivalent. A master’s degree in other fields may be considered if combined with three or more years of professional experience directly relevant to the teaching assignment.
2. Years of project management professional experience required for each rank:
- Assistant Professor of the Practice: 3-5 years
- Associate Professor of the Practice: 6-15 years
- Professor of the Practice: 16+ years
3. Project Management-related teaching experience.
4. Excellence in written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials.
Contact Information to Applicants
- Doctorate Degree in Project Management, Business, Operations Management, Engineering, Engineering Management, Leadership, Management, Technology Management, or a closely related field.
- Distinguished record of accomplishment (e.g., leadership role in industry or consultancy, etc.).
- PMI's PMP certification or another project management-related professional certification.
- Involvement in relevant industry associations and community.
Amulya Gurtu, PhD, MBA, MTech, PMP;
Additional Candidate Instruction
In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:
1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
3. Contact information for three professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Anticipated start date is January 1, 2024. Application review begins November 20, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.