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Adjunct Professor - EDIE Program Director

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The Integrated Innovation Institute (III) at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct professor as Program Director for our undergraduate major on Engineering Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (EDIE). EDIE is an additional degree for undergraduate students within the College of Engineering.

During the first year of this interim appointment, the primary responsibility of the EDIE Program Director is to strengthen student engagement, prepare at least one 4.5 unit course that will be taught (possibly by another instructor) the subsequent year, and build community and support for faculty course development for subsequent years. Engagement in on-campus events for undergraduate engineering students is critical to the success of this role and connecting with students throughout the year. Along with engagement in CMU events, the EDIE Program Director will be instrumental in planning and executing new EDIE cohort-building events and activities.

EDIE Program Director will collaborate with the EDIE Academic Advisor and iii leadership to meet student and faculty needs during program development. This role will also collaborate with other undergraduate services throughout CMU to promote EDIE goals and initiatives.

The Program Director will spend 2-3 days per week on campus to be accessible for student engagement.

Qualified candidates should have previous teaching and work experience related to engineering design, product development lifecycle, emerging technologies, and additional industries that will enhance the curriculum. Teaching skills should include using assigned textbook readings, case study analyses, group discussions, written assignments, oral presentations, and individual research.

Learn more about the EDIE Curriculum and current course offerings here:


Academic Requirements
  • Has experience in teaching and/or working in some of the following areas:
    • Solid background and foundation within engineering (preferred backgrounds - Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering)
    • Understanding of customer discovery, tech venture development, leading innovation teams,
    • Experience with technical aspects of new product launch & product lifecycles
    • Developing and proposing business models within an organization or start up.
    • Expertise consistent with our "engineering, design, business" identity
  • Master's Degree and previous teaching experience required in Engineering-discipline; PhD preferred
  • Work experience related to products and/or service development and new ventures preferred
Requirements for Work Authorization
  • Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not sponsor or take over the sponsorship of an employment visa for this opportunity.
Application Instructions

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest or Cover Letter
    • 1-2 pages; include teaching experience, perspective on teaching and inclusion
  • List of Professional References & Contact Information (2-3)
  • Other materials to enhance the application – website, previous course list, transcripts, portfolio, etc.
Review of applications is ongoing and qualified applicants will be kept on file to contact dependent on current and future needs.

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.


Carnegie Mellon Univesity

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