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Lecturer Pool - Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation - College of Engineering

University of California, Berkeley
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Lecturer Pool - Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation - College of Engineering

Position overview
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: . The current full-time salary range for Lecturer positions is $70,295. - $186,446.
TSP: Hourly rate $150.00

Percent time: 11% to 100% (Lecturer only)
1-40 hours per week (Both Lecturer and TSP)
TSP positions are part time and paid on an hourly basis depending on the need.

Anticipated start: 2024-25 Academic-Year: 7/1/2024
Fall semester (only): 8/1/2024
Spring semester (only): 1/1/2025
Summer Appointments 6/1/2024-8/12/2024 (end depends on session)
Appointments for Fall semester are usually reviewed in March, Spring semester in September, and Summer in March.

Position duration: Positions can be one semester or academic year

Application Window
Open date: April 10, 2024

Next review date: Friday, Jul 5, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 20, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking qualified temporary instructors to teach undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and/or special topics workshops should an opening arise in the Fall and Spring semesters, or the Summer term.

Made possible by a $20-million commitment from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley's interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology. We see design and emerging technologies as integrally linked: technology opens possibilities and extends the reach of design, while design links new technologies with human experiences and ensures that innovation truly benefits people and communities. Bringing together technical depth, design methodology, and a focus on societal impact, we aim to educate students who understand both the under-the-hood details that make something work and the big-picture context that makes something matter.

We accomplish these goals through a suite of offerings that include curricular, co-curricular and public programs.

Core programs within the Jacobs Institute include:
  • A professional Master of Design (MDes) degree, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and College of Environmental Design;
  • The Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, an undergraduate certificate offered in partnership with the Haas School of Business, College of Letters & Science, and College of Environmental Design;
  • A curriculum of ~15 design-focused Design Innovation (DES INV) undergraduate and graduate courses offered Fall, Spring and Summer, for which the institute recruits lecturers and faculty;
  • A makerspace staffed by professional and student workers which is accessed by 1200+ students each semester;
  • Mentorship and co-curricular programming for students, such as the Berkeley - Engineering Design Scholars and Innovation Catalysts programs;
  • Support for 15+ design and technology courses from affiliated campus departments, ~ 30+ clubs, and ~ 8 Decal courses each semester by offering access to high quality teaching, meeting and event space;
  • Public events and speaker series;
  • Partnerships with companies and international universities.

The Jacobs Institute is housed in Jacobs Hall, a 24,000 square foot building equipped with design studios and equipment rooms featuring the latest in digital fabrication technologies.

Lecturers supervise student design projects, give lectures, prepare assignments and project topics & deliverables, hold regular office hours, prepare exams or hold reviews, give design advice, and submit final grades. Salary is commensurate with the highest degree, teaching experience, and equity within the Department.

In addition to lecturers, we also seek Teacher Special Programs (TSP) instructors, should an opening arise. The TSP's principal responsibilities can range from teaching a short course, providing a lecturer with industry expertise, participating in design critiques during a course, teaching at Jacobs Institute boot camps or workshops, or contributing to major curriculum development.

The Institute is interested in candidates who contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.

Applicants are considered for positions as needs arise; the existence of this pool does not guarantee that a position is available.


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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent international degree is required at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
For Lecturers: Five years of experience in industry or a research institute, or advanced degree is required by the start of the appointment.

For TSPs: Two years of experience in industry or a research institute, or advanced degree is required by the start of the appointment.

Preferred qualifications
For Lecturer positions: A higher level degree and/or prior expertise in teaching in either design or engineering schools at the undergraduate and/or master's level. Also desirable are a strong track record in developing and implementing new and experimental methods of delivering education and hands-on learning, and experience working with students from a range of disciplines.

For both Lecturer and TSP Positions: Experience working in industry and/or a research institute in relevant subject areas.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Please refer to the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy.

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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