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Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching Professor in Technical Communication (Non-Tenure Track position)

University of Michigan -Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: September 2020


The UM-SJTU Joint Institute (JI) was founded in 2006, following a strategic partnership between the University of Michigan (UM) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).  Both partner universities are committed to developing JI into a world-class institute for engineering education. The Chinese government also recognizes JI as an exemplar of Sino-American collaboration in higher education.  In 2014, JI received the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for “Innovation in International Education” from the Institute of International Education (IIE).  JI currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and Material Science & Engineering (MSE), all in keeping with UM curriculum objectives. The ME and the ECE programs are ABET accredited. All course instruction is in English.

Technical Communication courses strengthen students’ ability to articulate engineering projects by teaching the basics of written, oral, and visual communication. Topics include but are not limited to technical reports, proposals, presentation skills, scientific posters, professional correspondence, and employment communication.  Students should demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, to organize and present content based on specific audience needs

JI operates on a three-semester schedule. The successful candidate is expected to teach 6 courses a year, 3-4 credits each course. Teaching responsibilities would include various levels of Technical Communication and potentially other related courses (e.g., professional development, business, entrepreneurship, etc.).   


  • Teach Technical Communication courses with the possibility of teaching other courses based on candidate interest and qualification
  • Prepare for classes, design homework and supervise examination
  • Maintain office hours (2 hours per course per week) to meet with students
  • Provide guideline to student teaching assistants on grading and other tasks
  • Upload course material and relevant information to course website
  • Participate in curriculum development and planning and other common non-teaching services

Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal Master’s degree in a related field, but a Ph.D. is strongly preferred
  • University teaching experience in Technical Communication or a deep understanding of communication training needs in engineering and/or science education.
  • Previous work experience in engineering industry, business sector, or entrepreneurship is a plus
  • Experience working with speakers of English as a foreign language is a plus


  • Competitive starting salary, based on education and experience
  • Health insurance
  • A supplemental housing subsidy
  • Moving allowance
  • Chinese Language courses and other activities and facilities available to faculty of the university.

To apply for this position, please send items 1 through 4 in a single PDF document to both Human Resources at and the search chair, Dr. Irene Wei,

  1. Cover letter (please also mention where you learned of this position)
  2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy, either woven into the Cover Letter or presented as a separate document
  3. CV
  4. Diploma of highest degree obtained (a scanned copy)
  5. Previous teaching evaluations (by students) if available
  6. Three confidential letters of reference or contact information for three references.

Please contact Dr. Irene Wei ( with any informal inquiries.

Location: Shanghai - China
Salary: Competitive starting salary, based on education and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd January 2020
Closes: 2nd March 2020
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