003629-2017 - Assistant Professor of Practice

Job Description

Purdue University is accepting applications for a Professor of Practice with a split appointment between Computer Graphics Technology and the Indiana Next-generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC). This is a fiscal-year, 12-month position with a three-year initial appointment that can be continuously renewable based upon successful job performance and program needs. This position includes all benefits of a Purdue University faculty member with advancement potential through Full Professor of Practice.

The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) department has a history of achievement and scholarship in the areas of digital manufacturing and product lifecycle management (PLM) for over a decade, providing curriculum and applied research opportunities that have a strategic link with industry. The focus of those programs has been on 3D modeling, model-based definition, product data & configuration management, interoperability & standards, and simulation & visualization that support a product’s lifecycle. The CGT department has also established a successful footprint in professional education by offering the Product Lifecycle Management Certificate Program and the Model-based Definition Certificate Program via distance delivery mechanisms for industrial partners.

The successful candidate will develop, deliver, coordinate, and maintain curriculum in support of the PLM and MBD Certificate Programs and create additional program offerings in related areas. This position will need to coordinate with IT systems administrators to support and maintain the PLM hardware and software infrastructure used within the various online certificate programs. This position may also include teaching undergraduate courses within the CGT department as necessary. In this position, engagement with Indiana and national manufacturers will be necessary to remain relevant and current in the field, and to help them address their digital manufacturing challenges. This engagement will be done via IN-MaC.

IN-MaC is Purdue University’s response, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, to the economic challenge facing the United States over the next decade: How do we create growth and sustain the American Dream for generations to come? Economic and political instability around the world mean that the time is right to rebuild America’s manufacturing capacity. Many US based companies face a shortage of trained workers capable of filling open positions. Technology is moving quickly, and must be transferred to industry quickly in order to remain competitive. Investment in new knowledge creation today will ensure future competitiveness for US industry. IN-MaC answers these needs with an integrated partnership among industry, academia, and government that addresses education, workforce, new technology adoption, and research for future competitiveness.



  • At least a Master’s degree specializing in engineering technology, industrial technology, computer graphics, or related areas
  • Working knowledge of contemporary CAD, PLM, PDM, and digital manufacturing systems
  • Familiarity with product configuration, supply chain, and maintenance/support environments
  • Experience in manufacturing environments
  • Ability to meet ITAR data handling requirements
  • Strong technical writing and speaking skills
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively
  • At least 5 years of relevant industry experience


  • Knowledge of distance delivery instructional systems
  • Background in industrial training and/or instructional design
  • Familiarity with virtual/could computing environments (e.g., VMWare)
  • Familiarity with client/server working environments
  • A familiarity with metrics related to ROI, quality, stakeholder value.


Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and background. Individuals highly qualified to contribute to the University faculty diversity goals are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are requested to submit via email a letter of interest, detailed resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three professional references with contact information (all in one PDF format) to:

Regina Brown brown650@purdue.edu  with “Digital Manufacturing Professor of Practice” in the subject line of the e-mail.  A background check is required for employment in this position. 

Any questions about this position should be sent to the search committee chair:

Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D.
Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing
and Associate Head of Computer Graphics Technology

Department of Computer Graphics Technology
Knoy Hall Room 363
401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021
1 765 496 6104

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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