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Program Director and Lecturer, Embedded EthiCS

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2022
Job Summary

Harvard’s Embedded EthiCS program is an innovative distributed pedagogy: a team of philosophers collaborates with computer scientists to develop and teach ethics modules for courses across the Computer Science curriculum. In each course, the ethics module is tailored to address moral issues that are specifically germane to the technical concepts in the course. Module guides are published in an open-access online Repository to nurture the growing community of universities that are adopting the Embedded EthiCS approach.

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361058 Administrative Manager


USA - MA - Cambridge

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Program Director and Lecturer, Embedded EthiCS


Arts and Humanities

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00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Philosophy or related field

Additional Qualifications and Skills

• Demonstrated ability to teach effectively and engage with undergraduate students

• Knowledge of computer science

• Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects

• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, with an ability to translate complex issues to multiple stakeholders

• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels

• Supervisory experience

• Preference for someone with management experience

• Grant writing experience

Additional Information

Applications will begin to be reviewed by the search committee on February 15. Job will remain posted until filled.

This position is based in the Philosophy Department on the Cambridge, MA campus, while the office is located in Science and Engineering Complex, which is home to Computer Science, in Allston, MA.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.



Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity

Job Function

Academic, General Administration

Position Description

The role involves two high-level responsibilities: providing strategic leadership to the Embedded EthiCS program, and directly teaching courses in engaged ethics. In more detail, the Program Director aspect of the job involves oversight of the Embedded EthiCS program, shaping the development and assessment of pedagogy, the expansion of the Embedded EthiCS model to other universities, and the building of partnerships with industry. The Lecturer aspect of the job involves the hands-on teaching of 1-2 classes (pending curricular needs) in Harvard College.

Responsibilities include:

Program Oversight
  • Oversees staffing and implementation of the Embedded EthiCS Teaching Lab--the team of postdoctoral and graduate fellows in Philosophy and Computer Science that develops, delivers, and publishes the Embedded EthiCS modules. This work includes recruiting, hiring, and providing assessment of roughly 6-8 fellows and facilitating collaboration with Computer Science course heads.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of assessment tools for the program.
  • Drives strategic planning for the program in consultation with faculty advisors. This work includes determining new program requirements and content; exploring strategic partnerships with other colleges and universities; and exploring partnerships with industry.
  • Serves as the internal representative of the Embedded EthiCS program in meetings with Harvard leadership, development offices, and administration.
  • Serves as the external representative of the Embedded EthiCS program at national and international meetings, conferences, workshops, liaising with academics, industry, and possibly governmental organizations.
  • Serves as the external representative of the Embedded EthiCS in consortium partnerships such as the Tech Ethics Exchange of the NorthEast.
  • Oversees the planning and mounting of international conferences and workshops sponsored by the program.
  • Oversees the planning and creation of program materials (e.g., website, brochures, videos).
  • Develops organizational structures for efficient workflows; provides coordination and oversight for key personnel; manages personnel transitions; runs staff meetings and full team meetings.
  • Provides oversight and execution of administration functions, including infrastructure development, compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures, and space management. Creates administrative systems to address immediate challenges with administering across Harvard divisions and schools.
  • Maintains the financial sustainability of the Embedded EthiCS program through donors, sponsored funding, and grant opportunities. Works closely with financial management team to allocate funds appropriately.
Course Development
  • Develops and teaches new domain-expertise courses within Harvard College; courses would be in Philosophy but often cross-listed with Computer Science.
  • Possibly develops Embedded EthiCS tracks within the Philosophy and/or Computer Science majors in collaboration with relevant faculty.
Program Expansion
  • Provides consultation, guidance, and leadership to colleges and universities (and other entities) seeking to develop ethics pedagogy based on the model of Embedded EthiCS, nationally and internationally.
  • Provides consultation, guidance and leadership to other departments and schools at Harvard seeking to develop ethics pedagogy based on the model of Embedded EthiCS.
  • Possibly runs summer workshops to assist other colleges and universities to develop ethics pedagogy based on the model of Embedded EthiCS.
  • Possibly develops Executive Education programming.
Applicants should submit the following:
  • Cover letter stating your professional background and interest in the Embedded EthiCS program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (e.g. student evaluations)
  • Sample syllabi
  • Research Statement
  • Names and contact information of three references, including at least one teaching reference

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Working Conditions

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