Professor of the Practice
About the Opportunity
About the Opportunity:
The Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University
invites exceptional applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track
Professor of the Practice.
The Burnes Center has a mission to advance real-world impact by
teaching individuals and institutions the skills needed to design
and implement innovative and equitable solutions to society's
hardest problems. In the process, we are building a new field of
social impact that leverages data, technology and community wisdom
and the power of institutions to enable systems-level change in
practice. The Burnes Center has faculty and staff with appointments
across many of Northeastern's colleges, departments, programs, and
centers. Strong candidates will have a distinguished professional
record with extensive expertise in the field of social change and
social impact and a commitment to working toward the amelioration
of real-world problems. The Professor of the Practice opportunity
will be a faculty appointment in one of the colleges and schools at
Northeastern University with a faculty affiliate appointment at the
A demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, coaching, and
mentorship of social innovators across sectors and established
capacity for developing partnerships to advance social change and
impact are highly prized. Successful candidates will teach courses
and workshops that align with individual strengths for the
audiences the Center serves, including programs for global social
innovators, public servants in the United States and abroad,
business and community leaders, Northeastern faculty and students.
The Professor of the Practice faculty hired will also teach
relevant graduate and/or undergraduate courses in the colleges in
which they are appointed.
Teaching across multiple modalities, including on-ground, online,
and hybrid, will be expected. Candidates will also contribute to
and develop co-curricular programming and opportunities for Burnes
Center audiences, such as hackathons, accelerators, studios, and
other programs designed to advance social change.
In addition, the Burnes Center engages in high-impact projects
designed to address inequities in education, promote worker power
and economic justice, strengthen participatory democracy, mitigate
climate change, advance racial justice and solve real-world
problems. All of this work is done in close collaboration with
faculty partners at Northeastern University along with community,
philanthropic and government leaders.
Therefore, successful candidates will, in addition to teaching,
have high-impact project(s) they are passionate about pursuing that
are designed to yield implementation of solutions to real world
problems. The successful candidate should be interested in
launching their own projects and contributing to the Center's
existing projects and/or teaching.
The Center is especially interested in candidates working to
improve public education, strengthen democracy, address climate
change and planetary well-being, and improve racial injustice and
racial equity. Focus areas may be domestic or international.
Successful candidates can come from diverse backgrounds and fields
of expertise and who pursue different pathways to impact, such as:
civic tech, social innovation, collective intelligence and open
innovation, democratic engagement, management, information
design/data visualization, data science/analytics for social good,
public administration, public interest law, public policy or open
government, health care, population health, engineering, computer
science, artificial intelligence, or machine learning, citizen
science, organizational behavior, urban planning, design or
architecture, communications and communications technology, new
media, media advocacy, journalism, behavioral sciences, or another
approach designed to accelerate and help institutions and
communities to tackle real world problems and achieve social
impact, especially using new technology, data or new social science
We are also looking for candidates who are comfortable working in a
fast-paced environment and leading new projects.
Because this is an interdisciplinary position announcement, in
addition to an appointment as a Faculty Affiliate at the Burnes
Center for Social Change, the successful faculty member(s) primary
appointment will be appointed to the Department(s) and College(s)
at Northeastern University that best fit with their background. The
college/school in which the faculty will be appointed will be
determined at the time of hire along with teaching obligations for
A PhD or an equivalent terminal degree, or equivalent professional
experience as well as at least five years of work experience are
sought. Excellent written, oral and/or visual communication skills
and proven teaching proficiency are expected. Familiarity with
online teaching is beneficial. Prior leadership or potential for
leadership in developing partnerships as well as a well-developed
network across sectors in the relevant field are desirable.
Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse
and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential
learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.
The position will support the university's commitment to innovation
and inclusion in teaching and the commitment to social justice and
racial justice through interdisciplinary transformative thinking
and problem solving on issues of pressing concern to society at
local, state, national, and international level.
Anticipated start date for faculty appointments is fall 2023.
Documents to Submit:
Applications should include a cover letter and CV highlighting
relevant professional and teaching experience and an explanation of
how the candidate would contribute to the mission and vision of the
Applicants should submit the names and contact information for
writers of three letters of recommendation, which will subsequently
be solicited for finalist candidates.
In the diversity statement, please describe how you can support
Northeastern's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging. Describe how your teaching, service, research, and/or
leadership (as applicable) has supported the success of students
and/or colleagues; and/or describe the impact others have had on
you as relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please address nominations and inquiries about the position to
Professor Beth Simone Noveck, Director, Burnes Center for Social
Change at (email@example.com
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled.
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University.
Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work
experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit
eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid
time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and
support of diversity and inclusion, please see
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