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Professor or Professor in the Practice of Design Science

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138

School: Harvard Graduate School of Design

Position Description

Honoring the legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller as a designer, inventor, and scientist who was committed to addressing pressing planetary and societal concerns, this newly established endowed professorship will support a visionary scholar and/or practitioner at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. We seek individuals who support and expand upon the school's mission by demonstrating a systemic, ethical, and innovative approach to global issues, through design, of contemporary relevance and urgency. The successful candidate will be appointed within the department that is most appropriate to their primary field of expertise but will be expected to bridge across all the disciplines represented in the GSD's academic departments and non-departmental programs, as well as establishing collaborative research and pedagogy with other Harvard schools. This position is envisioned as a full-time tenured position, or a senior part-time practice position, that will engage with and teach in one or several of the school's degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, design studies, and design engineering.

The successful candidate will be an effective and experienced teacher and can demonstrate a record of outstanding creative research through scholarship and/or practice that advances one or more disciplines.

Basic Qualifications

Academic qualifications depend on the profile of the successful applicant. Candidates who pursue largely scholarly research are generally expected to hold a Ph.D., while design practitioners may have an alternative terminal degree, appropriate to support an appointment with tenure or a senior practice appointment.

Special Instructions

For the required statement of teaching philosophy, please describe your pedagogical approach, including how you would approach teaching students across disciplines and departments in the context of design and/or planning education, in no more than two pages.
Please also address the following question in your teaching statement:

Given the geographic diversity represented in the GSD community, and our commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, how do you approach pedagogy and mentoring for a student cohort that is diverse across multiple dimensions including but not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity?

Candidates should submit names and contact information for a minimum of 3 referees. Candidates will be notified regarding requests for recommendation letters during the short list phase of the recruitment process.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

Emmy Ly, Faculty Affairs Coordinator

Contact Email:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional Information:

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; 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. Additionally, as underscored by our school's Community Values Statement, the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.

Minimum Number of References Required: 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 5

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