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Lecturer - Development Engineering - The Blum Center for Developing Economies

Position overview

Position title: Lecturer
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 $66,259 - $186,446.
Percent time: Variable 11%-100% - Lecturers
Anticipated start: 7/1/2024 for AY 2024-2025 Appointments
8/1/2024 for fall 2024 appointments
1/1/2025 for spring 2025 appointments
Summer sessions dates depend on session
The review of applications for Fall semester appointments will be in April, for Spring semester appointments in October, and for Summer Sessions appointments in March.
Position duration: One semester or one year appointments for lecturers.

Application Window

Open date: April 10, 2024

Most recent review date: Saturday, May 11, 2024 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: Wednesday, Apr 9, 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 Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley is generating an applicant pool of qualified instructors and invites applications to teach courses in the area of Development Engineering. In addition to core DevEng classes (DevEng 200, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206), new classes may be 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, 2024. Those interested in remaining in the pool must reapply.

Founded in 2006, The Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley brings together academics, partner organizations, entrepreneurs, and business leaders 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, exams, class attendance and participation, and grades. Project-based courses will require working with potential sponsors.

The Blum Center seeks candidates whose experiences in professional practice and teaching has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. We are also interested in candidates who understand 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 5 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, city planning, political economy). 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 innovative methods of delivering education and hands-on learning, project-based learning, and experience working with students from a range of disciplines. Leadership experience in professional practice is preferred. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.A.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

• Critical theories in global development, engineering, and design
• Human-centered design
• Design for base of the pyramid
• Poverty studies
• Community-based teaching, research, project-implementation
• Innovation studies / theory of change
• Sustainable development
• Social and environmental justice
• Engineering ethics
• Social entrepreneurship
• Innovation in humanitarian and disaster response
• Climate action
• Digital transformation of development
• AI for social impact
• Health technologies for low-resource settings
• 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. More Information and guidelines.

  • Past Teaching Evaluation (Optional)

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.

Job location

Berkeley, CA