Faculty Job in Academic & University Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Endowed Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership

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Syracuse, NY

Pay Range:
Commensurate w/ Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

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Job Type:

Professor of Practice

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code:
Not Applicable

Job Description:
The College of Engineering & Computer Science at Syracuse University seeks candidates for the
Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership (“Shaw Professor”). This is a full time (academic year and
summer) non-tenure track endowed faculty position. The Shaw Professor reports directly to the Dean and is a member of the Dean’s Leadership
Team. S/he will have overarching responsibility for magnifying the college’s innovation mission – a key component of the College’s
Transforming Our Future plan http://eng-cs.syr.edu/transformation/. In particular, the Shaw Professor will catalyze a campus-wide community for
design and prototyping through curricular and extra-curricular programs and by collaborating with the substantial entrepreneurship
eco-system at Syracuse University and across Central New York.

A primary role of the Shaw Professor is to lead all aspects of Invent@SU,
the university invention accelerators. These six-week summer programs accelerate the process of device inventions by immersing
undergraduates, from any discipline, in an iterative process of “design, prototype, pitch.” Two accelerators launched in summer 2017, one on
the Syracuse campus and one at the Fisher Center in New York City (website and video at invent.syr.edu). The Shaw Professor’s leadership
will include working with faculty, machine shop and makerspace staff, IP attorneys, and acting coaches to deliver the programs; Working with
advancement and corporate relations to engage alumni in evaluating pitches; and collaborating with the Blackstone Launchpad, the Falcone
Entrepreneurship Center, and the Technology Commercialization Center to enable student inventors to write business plans and attract

The Shaw Professor will teach interdisciplinary project-based courses that embody the “design, prototype, pitch” ethos and
will engage corporate partners and sponsors in these projects. S/he will facilitate student participation in synergistic regional and
national innovation opportunities; will leverage innovation initiatives to build the K-12 pipeline; and will align the College with a
national network for innovation. The Shaw Professor will work with College leadership to explore other opportunities for enhancing the
College’s innovation identity.

A Ph.D. and substantial professional experience in
engineering or a related discipline is preferred. All candidates with strong making skills will be considered. Inventors encouraged to

Job Specific Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, build teams, and actively coach undergraduate students
  • Hands-on prototyping and making
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Aspirational, flexible, opportunistic


  • Design and ideation experience
  • Experience as an inventor of a device invention

The Shaw Professor will lead all aspects of the Invent@SU invention accelerators, teach
project-based courses with the “design, prototype, pitch” ethos, and undertake other responsibilities related to the College innovation
mission. The Shaw Professor will collaborate with synergistic entrepreneurial activities regionally and nationally. Other duties may be
assigned by the Dean.

Physical Requirements:
Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions:
A curriculum vitae, cover letter that includes a teaching
statement and contact information for three professional references must be attached. We will begin screening applicants in October 2017 and
will continue accepting applications until the position is filled. Our target start date for the Shaw Professor is no later than Feb 1,
2017. Direct questions to Dean Teresa A. Dahlberg, dahlberg@syr.edu.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research
university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York
State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population
includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment
to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the
foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional
degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law,
Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in
the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and
Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest.
The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within
easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an
equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed,
religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and
gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination
policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the
military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse
University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the
national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and
extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans,
and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and
Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities,
governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community
recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing
students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic
and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations
and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and

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Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

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