Job Description

Have a passion for maker-fabrication? Want to share it with students who are excited to be in your classroom?

Who We Are:

University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is an elite intimate private college in Tempe, AZ focused on educating students in advancing technology who desire to innovate in the areas of emerging technology disciplines including Advancing Computer Science, Information Security, Game and New Media technologies.

Living on campus, students are surrounded by a true living-learning technology environment that incubates their ideas into innovations that students can patent and take to market. Students must create an innovation project to graduate.

We are an entrepreneurial, results-oriented company recognized for delivering high standards of innovation and service. As an organization designed to change the lives of some of the brightest young minds, we rely on the excellence of every member of our family to continuously exceed our own standards and our students’ expectations.

The Role:

The Digital Maker and Fabrication Adjunct Professor will be teaching courses that deal with analytical processes and skills required for hands-on maker-fabrication in physical and virtual environments. Topics of focus: User research, usability, ergonomic analysis, materials selection, production processes, hand drawing and sketching, comparative product research, model making, prototyping, and testing of products.

You will be responsible for creating a “Maker Culture” that fosters an interactive DIY collaborative studio space for creative endeavors where the informal/formal combination of lab, shop, and conference room form a compelling argument for learning through hands-on exploration. Our on-campus makerspace should be an area that gives our students the opportunity to tinker with ideas, try out solutions, and have a project-driven space where they can innovate.

Don't have teaching experience - that's where we come in. UAT's team of faculty and staff will work with you as you:

Who you are:

  • You’re experienced in product or industrial design
  • You’re passionate about technology and education
  • You’re resourceful, innovative and a fearless problem solver
  • You embrace and appreciate our Geeky culture
  • You’re a natural leader in the classroom and a devoted mentor to our bright student population

What you manage:

  • 3D Printers
  • Cutting machinery including laser, water jet, knife or other material
  • Milling and routing machines that drill and shape complex parts
  • Joining machines that use computer control to sew, weld or bond
  • Traditional hand and power tools
  • Decorative materials for paining, embroidery, and embellishment
  • Products to market and patent experience

Skills and Education Requirements:

  • Prototype, build and apply for patents for technology products meeting specific human factors, form and function criteria.
  • Evaluate trends in design principles and apply them into the form and function of devices.
  • Evaluate material and build technique options during the creation of products and their prototypes.
  • Evaluate and implement developments within electromechanical, algorithmic, robotic, microprocessor, sensor and other advancing technology areas while making product design decisions.
  • Experience working within a maker studio or production environment to design, build, test and revise products that meet client timeline, design and quality requirements.
  • Proficiency with industry-accepted prototyping, modeling, build and maker tools and techniques.
  • Master's degree in Digital Makerspace and Fabrication or relevant field with 18 credit hours in Digital Makerspace and Fabrication required; doctoral degree preferred
  • 3+ years relevant industry experience

Pedagogy: 

University of Advancing Technology’s Synchronic Learning model is designed especially for students of advancing technology. Tailored to both undergraduate and graduate students, Synchronic Learning provides an education framework that prepares superior graduates to become tomorrow’s innovators. This model embodies UAT’s methodologies, curricula, and people dedicated to fostering an environment of innovation that promotes demonstrated mastery and job readiness. An integral part of this framework is SyncFlex, a flexible learning approach with an emphasis on mentored education that provides real project experience to cultivate superior graduates.

Important Notes: 

Location Requirements: UAT is limited to considering candidates for this role from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, and Washington

Adjunct Pay for In-Person Class: up to $2,800 per class

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

UAT does not sponsor foreign visas. Thank you for your understanding.