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Lecturer - Development Engineering - The Blum Center for Developing Economies

Position overview

Salary range: Starting salary is commensurate with highest degree, teaching experience, and equity within the Department.
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 $68,247 - $181,015. TSP: Hourly rate $65
Percent time: 11%-100% - Lecturers
1-40 hours - Teacher Special Program Instructors (TSP's). TSP positions are part time and paid on an hourly basis depending on the need.
Anticipated start: 7/1/2023 for AY 2023-2024 Appointments
8/1/2023 for fall 2023 appointments
1/1/2024 for spring 2024 appointments
Summer sessions dates depend on session
The review of applications for Fall semester appointments will be in March, for Spring semester appointments in October, and for Summer Sessions appointments in March.
Position duration: One semester or one year appointments for lecturers and Teacher Special Program Instructors (TSP's)

Application Window

Open date: April 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 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 Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors and invites applications to teach courses in the area of Development Engineering. New classes in Dev Eng are planned based upon student interest and candidate expertise. Candidates under consideration will be contacted by the Blum Center. The previous pool will close March 31, 2023. Those interested in remaining in the pool must reapply.

Founded in 2006, The Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley brings together academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and Silicon Valley-inspired solutions to solve the world’s most pressing development challenges. Operating on the notion that a world-class public research university must be a force for tackling society’s most persistent challenges, the Blum Center inspires and facilitates interdisciplinary research and problem-solving; teaches students to think critically and optimistically about issues of poverty and development; equips the next generation of social entrepreneurs with the skills needed to design, deploy, and scale world- changing innovations; and advises and trains groups and organizations on methods for fostering a culture of innovation in their workplaces. To learn more about our center please visit our website.

General Duties: Lecturers are responsible for the course syllabus: curriculum development and delivery, student mentoring, student assessment through relevant projects, problem sets, tests and/or class attendance and participation, and grades. Project-based courses will require working with potential sponsors.

We are also seeking applicants for hourly positions , should an opening arise. The TSP instructor’s principal responsibilities will include designing and overseeing capstone projects in the Master of Development Engineering (MDevEng) program at the Blum Center.

The Blum Center seeks candidates whose experiences, in industry and teaching has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. We are also interested in candidates who have an understanding of the barriers facing women and people of color in higher education. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor's or equivalent international degree is required at time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Required by the start of the appointment , applicants must hold either a master’s degree or equivalent international degree, or at least 7 years of industry or nonprofit organization experience.

Preferred qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent international degree or graduate professional degree is preferred in a discipline associated with development engineering (e.g ., development technologies, development economics and business models, impact analysis, design for development). Teaching experience in two or more of the topic areas listed below is preferred. 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. Industry leadership experience. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.A.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Impact and Innovation
  • Innovation in Complex Organizations
  • Entrepreneurship in Latin America
  • Entrepreneurship in the AMENA region
  • Design your Life, The Future of Work
  • National Security Innovation
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Innovation in Humanitarian and Disaster Response
  • Big Ideas for Social Impact
  • Climate Action
  • Digital Transformation of Development
  • Health Technologies for Low Resource settings
  • Health-related effects of climate change
  • Multidisciplinary project-based courses that engage students in experiential learning to help to solve real-world problems (e.g. STEM Solutions for Social Impact; Hacking for Local; Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies; Mission Driven Start-Ups)

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 (for additional information go to

  • Past Teaching Evaluation (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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.

Job location

Berkeley, CA