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Professor of the Practice, Public Policy/Center Director for Science, Technology, Policy, & Society
Duke University

Date Posted Dec. 13, 2018
Title Professor of the Practice, Public Policy/Center Director for Science, Technology, Policy, & Society
University Duke University
Durham, NC, United States
Department Initiative for Science and Society
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2019
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Visiting Prof/Prof of Practice
  • Sciences - General

Professor of the Practice, Public Policy/Center Director for Science, Technology, Policy, & Society
Durham, NC
Expiration Date: January 15, 2019

About Science & Society:
The Duke Initiative for Science & Society is an interdisciplinary initiative that examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting a pluralistic approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications for science. For more information, visit our website at

Director, Center on Science, Technology, Policy, & Society
We have an exciting opportunity for a Center Director of a new Center for Science, Technology, Policy, & Society at the Duke Initiative for Science & Society in conjunction with the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. The Center Director will lead the Center located within the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, with an emphasis on advocating for and contributing to activities that focus on the intersection of science and policy, as well as science and societal interest. A signature program of the Center is the website, which tracks active legislation, regulation, and court judgements. Under the Center umbrella are executive education programs, new course offerings, new pedagogical tools for undergraduate and graduate students, the summer policy academy for Duke PhD students, and a summer policy institute for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students. As leader of the Center, the Director is responsible for: strategy and intellectual direction of all center programs; the policies under which they operate; annual budgeting and grant oversight; development of fundraising opportunities; and hiring, staff development, and supervision of the Center. The Director will serve as a member of the Science & Society leadership team. The Director will receive a primary appointment from Science & Society and a secondary appointment from the Sanford School of Public Policy to commence July 1, 2019.

This opportunity is appropriate for individuals who are experienced in the principles and process of developing science policy, who is an innovative and entrepreneurial program builder. The successful candidate will possess leadership and project management skills, in addition to a talent for public speaking, network building, writing and communication.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Oversee Center operations and all Center programs, including, SciPol executive education and summer programs, new courses, and pedagogical modules.
  • Research, develop, and apply for Center and Center program funding opportunities.
  • Develop, implement, and oversee new Center programs related to Science Policy & Society.
  • Develop new partnerships, both internally at Duke University, and with external foundations, organizations, funders, and institutions.
  • Network, promote, and market Center to relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee Center course offerings
  • Develop course modules on Science Policy for undergraduate and graduate students

To Apply:
Apply via Academic Jobs online, position 12783. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and a four-page statement illustrating the relevance of their background to the mission and goals of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society Center for Science, Technology, Policy, & Society. In addition, the statement should include an overview of the applicant’s specific expertise as it relates to the Center’s portfolio, as well as strategic leadership experience directing a complex organization with multiple staff. We will review all applications beginning immediately. Applications are due no later than January 15, 2019. If we think you might be a good fit for the role, we will contact you regarding next steps.


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  • Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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