Johns Hopkins University — Teaching Track Faculty Member in Multidisciplinary Design, Center for Leadership Education

The Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University seeks applicants for a full-time, teaching track faculty position in the Multidisciplinary Design program within the Center for Leadership Education (CLE). This is a career-oriented, fully-benefitted, renewable appointment with a clear promotional pathway for applicants eager to work in an innovative environment.

The Multidisciplinary Design program brings together undergraduate students from all disciplines to tackle real life design challenges in project-based courses. As human-centered designers, we are committed to valuing and understanding the people at the core of our designs and strive for inclusive and equitable solutions. As researchers, engineers, and thinkers, we apply the theory learned in the classroom to create robust, implementable solutions.  

This position will be responsible for the development and delivery of multidisciplinary design courses and will oversee design team projects. While this instructor will collaborate with faculty teaching existing design courses, they will also have the opportunity to build design courses according to their interests and the interests of our students. We are seeking a visionary who can join the existing Multidisciplinary Design team to craft the future of the design learning experience at Johns Hopkins. This position has potential for a secondary appointment in an engineering department. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and teaching human-centered design content
  • Mentoring project teams comprised of students from across both engineering and non-engineering disciplines
  • Student evaluation
  • Building community that fosters trust, openness to a diversity of thought, and inclusion of all students
  • Sourcing external projects from industry and maintaining partner relationships
  • Contributing to programmatic growth
  • Collaborating with faculty across departments to provide ABET evaluations of courses and encourage multidisciplinary offerings within departmental curricula. 

Preference will be given to applicants with the following characteristics:

  • Experience teaching and mentoring human-centered design in project-based learning environments
  • Professional experience in a design role in which human-centered or participatory design was practiced, such as a design engineer or design strategist.
  • Masters degree or higher in a design-related field, engineering preferred

Application Instructions:

We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit the following documents to Interfolio:

  • Cover letter describing fit for the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Copies of recent teaching evaluations if applicable
  • Samples of professional design work and/or curriculum design 

We will request three letters of recommendation and references for candidates who progress further into the hiring process. 

The preferred start date for this position is July 1, 2022. Questions can be sent to with the subject line: Multidisciplinary Design Position Inquiry. For more information, please visit us online at:

Johns Hopkins is committed to building a diverse educational environment. The Multidisciplinary Design program encourages applications from candidates historically underrepresented in STEM education, including women and racial and ethnic minorities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.