Assistant/Associate/Full Teaching Professor in Technical Communication

Posted 11 months ago

Department: University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI)

Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: May or September 2019


The UM-SJTU JI is an English-based higher education institute founded in 2006, in collaboration between the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Chinese Government and both partner universities are fully committed to developing JI as a world-class institute for engineering education. In 2014, JI was the first Chinese institution to win the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education—one of the highest honors in international higher education. In a short time, JI has become the model example for Sino-American educational collaboration. JI currently offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), and Material Science & Engineering (MSE) based on University of Michigan’s curricula. Both ME and ECE programs are ABET accredited. All course instruction is in English.

Technical Communication courses aim at providing engineering students with the tools to express their ideas professionally, in both written and oral forms. Courses cover career components, writing components, and presentation components. The topics include but not limited to personal statements, curriculum vitae, business letters, progress reports, proposal writing, professional email, visuals, presentation skills, manuals, and scientific posters and presentations.

The JI operates on a three-semester schedule. The successful candidate is expected to teach 6 courses a year, 3-4 credits each course. Courses expected to be taught would include various levels of Technical Communication and potentially liberal arts courses in interest fields of the candidate.


  • Primarily teach Technical Communication courses with the possibility of teaching other liberal arts courses.
  • Prepare and conduct classes, design homework and supervise examinations
  • Maintain office hours (2 hours per course per week) to meet with students
  • Guide Teaching Assistants for recitation classes and grading
  • Upload teaching materials and relevant information to the course website
  • Participate in program development and planning and other common non-teaching duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field, but a PhD is strongly preferred
  • University teaching experience in Technical Communication or a deep understanding of technical communication in engineering and/or science education.
  • Native level of English
  • Previous experience teaching Academic Writing is a plus
  • Experience working with non-native English speakers is a plus


  • Competitive starting salary, based on education and experienceHealth 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. Gang Zheng,

  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 scan)
  5. Previous teaching evaluations (by students) if available
  6. Three confidential letters of reference or contact information for three references.

Please contact Dr. Gang Zheng, ( with any informal inquiries.

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