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Harvard University Professor or Professor in the Practice of Design Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Professor or Professor in the Practice of Design Science

School Harvard Graduate School of Design


Position Description

Honoring the legacy of R. Buckminster Fuller as 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 her or his primary field of expertise but will be expected to bridge between all the disciplines represented in the GSD’s academic departments and programs, as well as establishing collaborative research and pedagogy with other Harvard schools. This position is envisioned as a full-time tenured position, although the committee may also consider a part-time practice position.

Teaching responsibilities will involve a combination of core courses within one or more departments and advanced elective seminars or studios, or other formats that might be considered equivalent.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of outstanding research, practice, and teaching that advances one or more disciplines.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to hold a Ph.D. or alternative appropriate terminal degree.

Additional Qualifications

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.

For the required statement of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, please address the following question in no more than two pages:

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 beginning September 1, 2021.

Contact Information

Tim Hoffman, Faculty Affairs Administrator

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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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