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

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Oct 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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



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. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to teach, build teams, and actively coach undergraduate students; hands-on prototyping and making skills; and demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Experience with design, ideation and device inventions is preferred.



For a full position description and online instructions, go to (073497). 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, Syracuse University is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students and community members. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.