Open call for SDSU Georgia local faculty2018-10-25
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
The country of Georgia has a critical shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, educated to current international standards, graduating from their institutions of higher education. To address this problem, the Georgian government through the Millennium Challenge Account - Georgia, with funding from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) contracted with SDSU to provide an American university education in Georgia focused on STEM disciplines that would improve human capital in the Georgian labor force. This type of preparation is intended to increase the number of high quality scientists and professionals for companies operating in Georgia, contribute to economic growth in Georgia, and enhance employment in companies requiring market-driven skills.
SDSU is approaching this project in partnership with Ilia State University, Tbilisi State University, and Georgian Technical University – the three premier public universities in Georgia – to provide Bachelor’s degrees in the country of Georgia. Using the facilities of these three universities, SDSU Georgia will focus on STEM education to train an advanced workforce to meet the growing needs of Georgia. This program will meet SDSU standards for curriculum, faculty training, and accreditation. As with all SDSU Bachelor’s degrees, this program will also include general education to provide students with breadth in the liberal arts, necessary for an advanced workforce that will enhance the economy of the country. SDSU will be responsible for admissions, curriculum, quality of instruction, renovation of facilities, updating equipment and implementation of the program.
Additionally, to ensure academic standards and to provide students with the necessary skills to pursue their studies at an American STEM university, SDSU will establish an English Language Center. All instruction will be in English. Because English is the international language of science, proficiency in English is required to read scientific literature, exchange ideas with international scientists, and participate in international scientific meetings.
SDSU will offer a variety of degrees and certificates based upon recommendations of the government of Georgia, and regular needs assessments from local industry advisors. The curricula and courses offered will be equivalent to those offered at SDSU home campuses. Courses will be taught by SDSU faculty, adjunct faculty, and visiting faculty hired for their scientific and educational expertise. The following degree programs are currently offered: Chemistry/Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
SDSU Georgia is opening a call for academic personnel in the following areas, in STEM upper division courses:
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Construction Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
Selected candidates will be trained at SDSU home campus in San Diego for the capacity building objective of the SDSU Georgia project. Participants will develop teaching skills within specific courses that they will later assist with or teach at SDSU Georgia, gain awareness and familiarity with SDSU curricula, develop laboratory skills for laboratory courses, develop an understanding of SDSU’s assessment practices and build collaborations with SDSU faculty in terms of teaching and research.
After completing the training program, participants will be employed as SDSU Georgia project faculty for STEM upper division courses.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Ph.D degree in Chemistry, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Civil or Construction Engineering.
- Experience of teaching upper division STEM courses at higher education institutions.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Ability to teach in English.
Application is open ONLY for faculty members of the following state universities:
- Tbilisi State University;
- Ilia State University;
- Georgian Technical University.
Interested candidates should send their CV to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org before 11:59 P.M. November 7, 2018. Please indicate your specialization (Chemistry/Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering) in the subject of the email.