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Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Endowed Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 073497
Job Title Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Endowed Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience
FLSA Status Exempt

As determined by Dean

Job Type Full-time
Rank Professor of Practice
Campus 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 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 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 investors.

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 apply.

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 skills
• 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,

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

Syracuse 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 inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 10/02/2017
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration
Job Category Faculty
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