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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Apply now Job no: 507918
Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Provost’s Office

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University and the Burnes Family Center for Social Change invite applications for one or more tenured/tenure-track faculty appointments to start in the fall of 2022; the specific department and college/school in which these faculty will be appointed will be determined at the time of hire(s). We welcome diverse applicants who conduct organizational or behavioral research, develop technology or methods, focus on public interest law or social justice, or engage in other forms of socially-impactful action-research that advance how institutions and/or communities solve compelling public problems. This is an open rank search (assistant/associate/full professor).

We are particularly interested in individuals who bring a unique perspective, which may include focus areas such as: social innovation, collective intelligence and open innovation, democratic engagement, management, data science/analytics for social good, public administration, public policy or open government, civic technology, engineering, computer science, artificial intelligence, or machine learning, citizen science, organizational behavior, urban planning, design or architecture, communications and communications technology, new media, media advocacy, journalism, information design/data visualization, behavioral sciences, public interest law, as well as areas of relevant theory such as common-goods problems, participatory and collaborative democracy, peace and conflict studies, governance design, public-private partnerships and human development conceptualizations or another discipline focusing on innovative ways to accelerate and help institutions and communities to tackle real world problems and achieve social impact, especially using new technology, data or new social science methods.

Potential topics of interest may also include: climate change and planetary well-being, racial injustice and racial equity, economic inequality, public health and equity, educational outcomes, workforce development, stronger democracy or any of the sustainable development goals. Research and focus areas may be domestic or international.

Because this is an interdisciplinary position announcement, the successful faculty member(s) will be appointed to Department(s) and College(s) at Northeastern University that best fit with their interdisciplinary research and focus; the specific department and college/school in which the faculty will be appointed will be determined at the time of hire. The faculty member will also hold an appointment at the Burnes Family Center for Social Change.


Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, mentoring students, conducting an independent research program, and service while also participating in Burnes Family Center for Social Change activities, such as training and coaching public problem solvers, shaping policy and real-world interventions and conducting an independent, externally-funded research program. Faculty members will be eligible for annual financial support for their action research and social impact projects from the Burnes Family Center for Social Change.


We are seeking candidates with track records of and interest in action research that aims to solve real world problems while advancing our theoretical understanding of important research questions about institutions, communities and individual behavior. Candidates should have a track record of social impact/service and a Ph.D. (or other terminal degree per discipline, i.e., JD) in a related field by the start of the appointment and an interdisciplinary record of action research commensurate with rank. Qualified candidates must be committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University education.


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Additional Information:
Applicants should submit materials, including a letter of interest, vita, recent working papers and project portfolio, teaching evaluations, and a list of potential references using the Northeastern University application portal at the following address: Inquiries may be directed to Professor Beth Simone Noveck, Chair of the Search Committee. E-mail: Additional information regarding The Burnes Family Center for Social Change can be found at

Candidates should be committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to a Northeastern University Education. The university actively encourages applicants and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities; applicants with diverse ideological views are encouraged to apply.


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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