Cornell University, Human Centered Design

Position ID:Cornell-FSAD-LECTDIRDDFS [#20612, WDR-00029878]
Position Title: Lecturer/Director for Digital Design and Fabrication Studio
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Engineering / Design Engineering
Architecture / Digital Fabrication
Design / Product Design, Product Development
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

Effective January 1, 2022, all new Cornell hires, regardless of role and work location, must be fully vaccinated and present proof of an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccination or have a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption. Failure to demonstrate compliance with this requirement prior to the first day of work will result in the delay of employment with Cornell and may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell University
Lecturer/Director for the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio (DDFS)

Are you enthusiastic about design, education and emerging technologies? Join our team! The Cornell University Department of Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology is seeking a Lecturer/Director for the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio (DDFS). 

Faculty and students of the Department of Human Centered Design integrate analog and digital knowledge, tools, methods and creative processes to address real-world challenges. They conceptualize, prototype and evaluate products and processes that enhance human potential, wellbeing and community.

The successful candidate will serve as the instructor of record and provide design instruction in both workshop and classroom settings and will assist faculty in developing materials and resources for courses. They will teach classes on basic tools and functions of computer aided design software, help students master creative drawing skills and understand various modes of communicating design ideas and presenting them. They will also lead the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio and develop and implement its strategic direction to include innovation maker space. They will oversee and facilitate studio operations and activities including: developing and delivering instruction and training on studio tools (hand tools, power tools, computer-controlled cutter, printers and other devices), studio-related software and safety workshops, engaging faculty across the university, ensuring that student educational goals are met, managing the unit budget, and supervising studio staff.

We are looking for a candidate enthusiastic about mentoring students with budding design interests, who is motivated about working collaboratively with fellow design specialists across campus to create an environment that fosters ideas and experimentation. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with experience managing a cross-functional team, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience with design and fabrication practices. Experience in higher ed is helpful. 

The position is a full-time, 12-month benefits-eligible, non-tenure track academic professional. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Cornell University provides a generous benefits package, including vacation, health and personal leave, educational benefits, group health, dental, vision and life insurance, and retirement benefits.

This is a 3 year term with the possibility of renewal.

  • Master’s Degree in design and/or product development, architecture, engineering or related fields.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a technical/teaching role, studio experience helpful.
  • Must have experience working with students, including teaching, advising, and mentoring.
  • Experience with technologies and software used in maker-space environments.
  • Ability to teach and mentor students working with Physical Computing for interaction design.  Arduino microprocessor board experience is helpful.
  • Understanding of mechanical concept development and design, rapid prototyping (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.) and advanced manufacturing processes.
  • Experience with equipment commonly used in wood and light metal shop environments (e.g., band saws, scroll saws, sanders, table saw, joiner, shaper, planer, CNC, with grinders, sanders, bending, and cutting tools for light and small metal stock).
  • Advanced understanding of safety requirements and training programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Applicants must apply through Academic Jobs Online at: and upload a cover letter, CV, diversity statement and contact information for three references.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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Further Info:
T57 Human Ecology Building (HEB)
Ithaca, NY 14853

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