INI Associate Director and Director of Academic Affairs Faculty Position 2023-24


The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is soliciting applications for the INI Associate Director and Director of Academic Affairs position at CMU’s main campus in Pittsburgh, PA. The position will work closely with the INI director and have administrative responsibilities related to curricula, faculty and academic activities, in addition to teaching duties.

The INI offers graduate degree programs in information networking, information security, mobile and IoT engineering, and artificial intelligence engineering that are taught at CMU’s Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses. Our department was founded in 1989 in response to a demand from industry for professionals skilled in both computer science and communications. What began as a small fledgling program has evolved over the past three decades to become an integral academic unit of CMU’s College of Engineering (a Top Five engineering school, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report) and home to a diverse community of more than 300 students each year from across the world. Given the interdisciplinary nature of our programs, INI students have the unprecedented flexibility to take courses across disciplinary boundaries, such as computer science, electrical and computer engineering, public policy, management, machine learning and human-computer interaction, among others.

Academic Affairs at the INI

The successful candidate will oversee academic affairs, including academic programs, curriculum development, student advising, program assessments and student surveys, academic Middle States accreditation review along with other departmental academic reporting, and new initiatives in collaboration with the INI director. At times, the successful candidate may be asked to stand in for the INI director. Additional responsibilities include leading strategic planning and execution of strategic priorities, providing academic oversight over the INI admissions processes and activities as well as preparing required documentation for CRC (Curriculum Review Council), College Council, and NAPP. The candidate will represent the INI at college-level meetings as appropriate and will be the INI’s CRC representative.

The successful candidate will create processes related to academic programs, oversee academic policies, and participate in certification review process for all degree programs. The position oversees the INI’s curriculum mapping and translates it into an annual plan for the department’s course schedule including collaborating with other departments and colleges on similar academic issues. This position works closely with the INI’s Academic & Student Services team to manage course planning, advising, and academic policy oversight.

This role supports the INI programs and educational initiatives on both the Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley Campuses. Regular travel to the CMU Silicon Valley Campus, in addition to other domestic and international travel, is expected.

The INI Faculty Experience

The INI considers faculty candidates in our core technical areas of networking, security, mobile and IoT engineering, and artificial intelligence engineering, including but not limited to mobile computing, embedded systems, Internet of Things technologies, telecommunications, data analytics and machine learning, information security, software security, network security and cyber operations. Outstanding candidates in other areas related to networking, security, mobile and IoT engineering, and artificial intelligence engineering are encouraged to apply. Teaching faculty play a vital role in advancing the INI's educational mission; we value candidates who are dedicated to enhancing student learning and demonstrate a passion for teaching a culturally diverse student population.

From our uniquely interdisciplinary program structure and applied learning opportunities to our supportive advising model and exceptional student services, the INI is committed to delivering a transformational educational experience for our graduate students. Teaching track faculty have a primary responsibility of designing and leading INI courses and projects, in addition to advising and mentoring INI students. They also have opportunities to pursue activities that align with their interests, such as advising student-led, industry-sponsored projects. Overall, INI faculty play an influential role in advancing the department’s strategic initiatives. Recent initiatives include the launch of a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence Engineering—Information Security degree, to which faculty may contribute in developing, and a bridge program, for which faculty involvement is needed in the development of certificate programs that assist promising students from underserved populations to prepare for CMU graduate studies. Faculty contribute to our holistic student advising model and have the opportunity to shape the incoming class of students they will teach through their engagement in the admissions process.

To learn more about the INI, our programs and current course offerings please visit: . Learn more about working at the INI on our website .

Our Collaborative and Inclusive Culture

We believe our people—students, alumni, faculty and staff—are our core strength. We emphasize excellence, integrity, respect, collegiality, interdisciplinarity, continuous improvement and engagement in community, all within a welcoming, supportive and inspiring teaching and learning environment. We cultivate an inclusive culture that celebrates and values a diversity of opinion and intellectual perspective from all individuals, regardless of ethnic origin, race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and self-identity. We are particularly interested in applicants who are committed to, and have a passion for, a culturally diverse environment in teaching and research, and who demonstrate a willingness to nurture the inclusive Carnegie Mellon environment.


Doctorate in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or closely related fields is preferred, or equivalent combination of advanced degree in the listed fields with strong teaching background, relevant industry experience and/or tech entrepreneurship, and other related qualifications.

Application Instructions

Individuals interested in the INI Associate Director and Director of Academic Affairs faculty position should apply online. We will continue to accept and review applications until the position is filled.

In order to be considered for this position, please submit a complete application which includes cover letter, CV, separate teaching and research statements appropriate for the position(s) specified in the application, diversity statement, and three references who will be asked to provide confidential letters of recommendation. If desired, candidates can include additional materials with their application.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

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