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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Design, Civic/Social Values, and Democracy

Northeastern University k

Boston, MA

Oct 27
Job Description

About the Opportunity

Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) invites applications for open-rank, tenured or tenure-track professor positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level in Design, Civic/Social Values and Democracy. We seek applicants in Design whose work leverages data and/or new technologies to engage with social values, public interest, and democracy. Within this broad theme, possible areas of concern include: strengthening pluralism, civics education efforts, small- and large-scale modes of civic cooperation, productive debate and dissent, institutional trust, and information/misinformation. We are particularly interested in candidates who engage these issues through one or more of the following technological perspectives: data literacy, ethical computing, data visualization, data storytelling, data physicalization, and/or digital humanities.

The position will have a primary tenure home in one of CAMD’s six schools and departments (Architecture, Art + Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Music, and Theater). Joint appointments and/or affiliations with other colleges and institutes at Northeastern University are strongly encouraged and will be considered as appropriate. We have a particular interest in candidates with a home in Art + Design, and qualified for joint appointment with Khoury College of Computer Sciences.


A PhD or terminal degree (e.g. MDes, MFA) in the candidate’s field (Design, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Media Arts and Sciences or a related field relevant to the home department) is required by the appointment start date. The College is seeking to give excellent candidates across all demographics of society the opportunity, resources, and support to establish innovative and impactful research careers. This includes candidates at the earliest stages of their careers as well as those who are more established. For select candidates, there may be an option of a 1- to 2-year CAMD funded, mentored post-doc Fellow position, to allow candidates to ramp up their research programs before starting on the tenure track. Academic rank at the Associate Professor and Full Professor levels will be commensurate with experience and qualifications reflecting a record of demonstrated teaching and scholarly excellence.


Faculty members at Northeastern are expected to develop independent research programs that attract external funding; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level and contribute to innovative curricular paths; oversee students and postdocs in their area of research; and participate in service to the department, university, and discipline. Candidates interested in conducting high-impact research programs and committed to teaching excellence in the broad areas above are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

The College of Arts, Media and Design is a collaborative, diverse community, acting as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery across the University. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre, and is home to three interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts, the Center for Design, and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. (See:

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support and accommodations, please contact Kim McCauley, HR Associate for the College of Arts Media and Design,

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, and contact information for at least three references. In your cover letter, please discuss your research interests and activities and how they fit into the interdisciplinary scope of this position, your teaching expertise and interests, and how you can support our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. Candidates may be invited at a later date to provide a link to a portfolio of research and professional outcomes, sample syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a diversity statement. Applications received by November 27, 2023 will be guaranteed full review.

Inquiries may be directed to: Associate Professor Sara Hendren, search committee chair,

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus. Our locations—in Boston; Oakland, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; Seattle, WA; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Positions will primarily be on the Boston campus but may be available at any of our 14 campus locations. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research. Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs — in a variety of on-campus and online formats — lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 230 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an e-Verify Employer.

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see