Special Faculty position in Information Networking Institute (INI)
Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering
United States

Carnegie Mellon University: College of Engineering: Information Networking Institute (INI)

INI Special Faculty

Location: Pittsburgh, PA or Mountain View, CA


Closes: Mar 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


INI Special Faculty Position


The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is soliciting applications for a Special Faculty position at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus.


The INI is part of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering, a Top Ten engineering school as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The INI offers master’s degree programs in Information Networking, Information Security, and Mobility. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of these fields, the INI collaborates with several departments in the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science, the Tepper School of Business and the H. John Heinz III College in order to equip students with advanced knowledge in technology as well as a disciplined foundation in business management and policy. INI students have the unprecedented flexibility to take courses across all of these reputable colleges.


This position will report to the Director of the INI. The roles and responsibilities of the individual hired into this position will focus on supporting academic and metacurricular activities for INI students at both the CMU Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh campuses. The special faculty member will:

  • Take on a number of responsibilities toward supporting Independent Study and sponsored research projects, entrepreneurial development programs, and the INI Practicum course.
  • Collaborate with SV and Pittsburgh campus stakeholders in the development and implementation of relevant programming (e.g., course curriculum development, hackathons, conference activities, corporate events) and will participate in relevant events sponsored by various university constituencies.
  • Engage with students in the classroom through advising project teams, organizing relevant seminars, and hosting entrepreneurial workshops.
  • Further engage students outside of the classroom through a variety of social, cultural, and professional activities with student organizations including INI WINI and GOINI.
  • Assist with the proposed new INI Seminar course as necessary.


As one of the major relevant activities, this individual will take primary ownership of the INI Practicum course(s), which is currently offered at the Silicon Valley campus and will soon expand to the Pittsburgh campus. INI Practicum activities span the calendar year and include various aspects of sponsorship solicitation, planning, organization, teaching, and mentoring. The overall INI Practicum process includes (1) forming and fostering relationships with potential industry partners toward their sponsorship and mentorship of one or more Practicum projects, (2) facilitating student project matching, (3) teaching the 24-unit Practicum course(s) (expected to expand to a 36-unit course in the future), and (4) working with student teams, sponsors, and faculty advisors during and after the academic semester.


In support of organization and planning of the INI Practicum, this individual will:

  • Work with CMU faculty members, staff, alumni, and current students to identify potential sponsors and relevant points of contact as well as develop and execute effective outreach strategies to foster new industry relationships and pave the way for long-term partnerships.
  • Solicit relevant and timely proposals for INI Practicum projects.
  • Arrange a “Pitch Night” event for each CMU campus where prospective sponsors pitch their project idea to students enrolled in the upcoming offering of the Practicum course.
  • Work with INI faculty and staff to collect relevant information from students and sponsors in order to match students to projects.
  • Facilitate completion and execution of relevant contracts for student teams and sponsoring companies.
  • Ensure the majority of the Practicum Projects receive funded sponsorship from organizations.


In support of the INI Practicum course on both campuses itself, this individual will:


  • Develop and execute educational modules, as appropriate, to support the educational objectives of the INI Practicum course.
  • Ensure that faculty advisors provide timely feedback and grades for student deliverables.
  • Work with INI faculty and staff to organize a Practicum project showcase event, including the broader CMU campus community.
  • Collect, analyze, and act upon survey data from various stakeholders for continual improvement of the INI Practicum.


The person in this role may also work on additional projects and perform other responsibilities as necessary in order to support and further the mission of the INI on both campuses. Some evening and weekend hours as well as significant domestic travel is expected.


The preferred qualifications to be considered for this position include a MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or closely related fields from an accredited University. A PhD in these fields from an accredited University is preferred.


We believe our people -- students, alumni, faculty, and staff -- are our core strength. We emphasize excellence, integrity, respect, collegiality, interdisciplinarity, continuous improvement and engagement in community, all within a welcoming, supportive and inspiring teaching and learning environment. We are particularly interested in applicants who are committed to, and have passion for, a culturally diverse environment in research and/or teaching, and who demonstrate a willingness to nurture the inclusive Carnegie Mellon environment. We take pride and active steps towards considering a diverse applicant pool in terms of gender, race, veteran status and disability.


Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.


Individuals interested in INI’s open faculty positions should submit an application online by March 31, 2018: http://apply.interfolio.com/47733



Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, CV, separate teaching and research statements appropriate for the position(s) specified in the application, and three references who will be asked to provide confidential letters of recommendation. If desired, candidates can include additional references and materials with their application.


This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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