Director, Engineering Student Success Program

Posted On: July 12, 2023

Hours: Full Time


Director, Engineering Student Success Program

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering of The Cooper Union invites applications for a non-tenure track staff position to be the inaugural director of a new engineering student success program. Candidates with strong backgrounds in mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply.

A Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering or related field (such as science or engineering education) is required; however we will also consider exceptional applicants with a M.S. or M.E. degree and relevant professional experience. We seek a talented educator who is interested in mathematics, science and engineering educational pedagogy and assessment. The qualified applicant will demonstrate a proven record of mentoring students and will also have experience in teaching high-quality undergraduate courses (particularly classes in linear algebra, calculus, chemistry, physics or biology). Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are required, as is the ability to work collaboratively across the Departments and the School of Engineering. The director will provide support for engineering students by overseeing our proctoring and tutoring efforts, summer bridge program, as well as teaching one course per semester.

The Cooper Union is located in the heart of New York City, and is a highly selective, primarily undergraduate institution offering degrees in engineering, art and architecture. The Student Success Center is housed within The Albert Nerken School of Engineering, which includes approximately 500 engineering students majoring in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and general engineering. The Cooper Union is home to the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering; the Institute for Sustainable Design; and the Center for Signal Processing, Communications and Computer Engineering Research.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit in one searchable PDF document:

  • A cover letter. To assist the search committee, all cover letters should address your interest in The Cooper Union and how you envision you will contribute to student success and the institution.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A statement about your teaching philosophy: describe principles, practices, or experiences that inform the way you teach (typically 1-2 pages).
  • A statement about diversity and inclusion: describe your interests, experiences, and future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion (typically 1-2 pages).
  • Contact information for three references. At least one reference should be able to specifically address teaching.

Nominations should be sent to and questions may be sent to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ruben Savizky at Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an AA/EOE employer.

Annual salary range for this position is $80 - $90K

This is a non-union position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
30 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Or email to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.