Civil Underground Teach the Professors/Lecturers Program

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Teach the Professors/Lecturers Program


This program is aimed at providing education and curriculum in the growing field of civil underground engineering to professors/instructors who teach junior level structural, geotechnical and construction courses. Civil underground involves the design and construction of tunnels, shafts, deep excavations, and underground infrastructure. ASCE and UCA (Underground Construction Association) technical committees have identified the shortage of trained civil engineers to be a major threat to this growing infrastructure sector.

Ten civil engineering professors/instructors will be selected to attend the North American Tunneling Conference in Nashville, TN June 23-26, 2024 to both learn about civil underground and to participate in a curriculum workshop during the conference. Participating professors/instructors will then implement appropriate lessons, homework problems, and/or presentations in a junior level course (intro to geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, construction engineering) during academic year 2024-25. The curriculum is intended to teach existing topics required in these junior level subjects using civil underground examples and concepts. No experience in civil underground is needed. A passion for teaching civil engineering undergrads is required!

Each participating professor/instructor will be paid a $1,500 honorarium for participation in the program plus all travel expenses for the conference. Eligible professors/instructors are those who will teach structural, geotechnical or construction engineering to junior level civil engineering students during academic year 2024-25. Only applicants teaching at a US institution are eligible.

To apply, please gather the following info and submit your application.

  • Brief description of why the applicant would like to or should participate.
  • A summary of the applicant teaching experience and teaching approach.
  • A summary of the junior level course the applicant will implement curriculum elements in during the 2024-25 AY.
  • A curriculum vitae.


 Applications are due March 15, 2024. Decisions will be made by March 31.

Please contact Carol Kiser ( if any problems or questions regarding the online application.

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