Olin College is advancing Engineering for Everyone through Impact-centered Education. Located outside Boston, Olin College was founded in 1997 with a mission to develop students as exemplary engineers, to drive positive change in engineering education, and to do good in the world. In this short amount of time, Olin College has become recognized as a leader in engineering education: Olin’s graduates are recognized for their creativity, initiative, and ability to make a difference, and Olin collaborates with other institutions and individuals around the world to change engineering education. Now we are starting a new chapter. Today, we have a new president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, and a brand-new Strategic Plan that centers on Impact-Centered Education and Engineering for Everyone. We’re focused on achieving equity both within and through engineering. Would you like to join us in shaping Olin’s next chapter?
Impact-centered Education decenters both the faculty member and the student, instead aligning both around purpose, meaning, and community through making impact—together. Olin’s mission is transforming engineering education toward a world in which engineering serves everyone. Olin defines engineering broadly, from understanding people and their needs, to designing solutions, to creating new technologies and services to benefit people and society. Our approach to engineering education erases boundaries between disciplines, encourages students to take control of their learning, and emphasizes human-centered design and entrepreneurship. There are no departments at Olin. Faculty not only teach in their disciplines, but also work together to co-design transdisciplinary, experimental, experiential, learning opportunities. We delight in involving students in our research, consulting, and other forms of professional work.
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We believe engineering education must be accessible and welcoming for people from all backgrounds, and that engineering should serve not only individuals but also society and the planet. Today engineering education fails to address the systemic challenges that exclude so many promising young people from the engineering profession. Today engineers too often ask “How can we design it?” before asking “Should we design it?” These failures perpetuate deep inequities, and addressing them will require questioning how we teach and how we do engineering, as well as who is included in these conversations. This won’t be easy. It will require collaboration, humility, and diverse ways of thinking; it also will require a willingness to take risks and think big. And that’s why we’re excited to embrace this challenge.
Are you passionate about equity and access? Do you want to join us in reframing who can be engineers and what counts as engineering? Do you want to mentor students to better integrate engineering and other fields as they study and tackle complex technical systems and societal challenges? Come join our team. We are particularly interested in candidates (all ranks) with computing backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in real-world and transdisciplinary contexts and whose work is aligned with Olin’s strategic priorities. “Computing” includes traditional computing fields like computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and data science but also may include the use of computational techniques in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, or humanities. Olin is committed to becoming an increasingly inclusive and diverse learning community that supports equitable learning opportunities for everyone, and we strongly encourage women and individuals from historically underrepresented communities to apply.
We plan to hold a number of virtual events in October at which you can connect with Olin faculty and get to know more about our community. If you would be interested in attending any of these events, we invite you to provide us with your email address in this form. We look forward to connecting with you and learning about you!
Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Non-discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement
In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Olin College does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.
Our application system will invite you to submit:
1. An Olin-specific cover letter.
In this Olin-specific cover letter, we invite you to share with us why you are excited to join our community, what impact-centered education means to you, and how our new Strategic Plan resonates with you. We also invite you to comment on the work you have done in the area of equity and access, and what work you might want to do in this domain in the future. We’d like to hear about this work in regard to both the internally facing aspects of your engagement with our community and your externally facing professional work (e.g., research, consulting, entrepreneurship, etc.). Please consider your cover letter as a way for us to imagine how you might collaborate with our faculty, students, and staff as both an educator and a lifelong learner.
2. A current CV (or resume, or portfolio, as appropriate).
We are also looking forward to engaging with your current CV, resume, or design portfolio as a way of understanding more about your background and the kind of work you've done in the past.
We will review applicant materials as they are received. If we find a potential match, we may contact you to request additional materials. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2022, but applications will be considered until December 15. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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