Assistant Professor

University of Colorado

Assistant Professor

Today's college graduates will likely have a variety of different careers during their lifetime, and many of those jobs do not exist today. In an age that will be dominated by the ubiquitous presence of information and communication technology, new skill sets and new mind sets are necessary. In addition to the ability to adopt new ways of thinking, students must learn to think critically, creatively, integratively and transformatively; to develop solutions when the problems themselves are not well defined; to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship, to analyze and synthesize vast amounts of information; to have substantial qualitative and quantitative skills; to have both a global perspective and an eye for detail; to collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams; and to lead when leadership is called for. The education of such students is the primary objective of Inworks.

Inworks provides an environment in which individuals from all disciplines develop the intellectual capacities required to solve important problems. Such problems have societal impact, are complex, interdisciplinary, ambiguous in both specification and solution, really hard, and often interrelate with other really hard problems. The process of addressing such problems is informed by theory and practice in (among other things) the nature of creativity, how people learn, how people frame and solve problems, how people work together, how people find common vocabulary across disciplinary boundaries, cognitive science and neuroscience, psychology, pedagogy and constructionism.

At Inworks, we try ideas that might fail because failure is an essential element of innovation. For both practical and programmatic reasons, Inworks operates in many ways as a "start-up," and is guided by entrepreneurial principles that lead to successful ventures: mission focus, leadership transparency, agility in response to changing circumstances, close attention to the needs of students and faculty, and excellent relationships with supporters and partners.

We are a small, close-knit community of innovators who are building an extraordinary interdisciplinary, human-centered, problem-oriented educational program. We do not belong to any school or college; thus we are able to welcome students from every major and discipline. We believe that creating something in the world creates knowledge in the mind. We collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to create compelling learning experiences designed to create innovators as well as innovations. We routinely stretch ourselves to work and teach outside our comfort zones. If this sounds like a place you want to work, and a mission to which you want to contribute, we want to hear from you. If you want to know more about Inworks, visit


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned terminal degree or professional equivalency in a discipline relevant to Inworks (e.g., human-centered design and innovation; design thinking; engineering, computer science, technology arrts and media, fine arts and digital practice, global/public health; entrepreneurship; technology and development; human-computer interfaces; game design and development; technology and human social systems; rapid prototyping; data science; physical computing; digital education), and professional experience appropriate for appointment to a clinical teaching track position and as a member of the Graduate Faculty of the University
  • Strong commitment to teaching excellence

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 10046

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV, A description of the applicant's vision for achieving impact, i.e., how she/he proposes to make a purposeful difference both inside and outside of Inworks.
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 60133 - AVCII - Innovation Initiatives

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 23, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Katherine Goodman

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00735254


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