Digital Design and Fabrication Studio Director and Lecturer

Digital Design and Fabrication Studio Director and Lecturer

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Are you enthusiastic about design, education, and emerging technologies? Join our team! The Cornell University Department of Human Centered Design in the College of Human Ecology is seeking a Director/Lecturer for the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio (DDFS),


Faculty and students of the Department of Human Centered Design ( integrate analog and digital knowledge, tools, methods and creative processes to address real-world challenges. They conceptualize, prototype and evaluate products and processes that enhance human potential, wellbeing and community.

Reporting to the chair of the department, the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio (DDFS) Director and Lecturer will guide the strategic and operational planning efforts for the Digital Design and Fabrication Studio and Shops.   This individual will oversee facility operations and safety (create and maintain clear and effective safety training and protocols), coordinate and plan course support with department faculty, manage recharge rates and facility budget, supervise staff, and oversee all student and faculty engagement with the facility. They will also develop and implement its strategic direction to include innovation maker space.

In addition, this person will teach Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) courses. The successful candidate will serve as the instructor of record and provide design instruction in both workshop and classroom settings and will assist faculty in developing materials and resources for courses. They will teach classes on basic tools and functions of computer aided design software, help students master creative drawing skills and understand various modes of communicating design ideas and presenting them.

We are looking for a candidate with strong operations management experience.  Must be enthusiastic about mentoring students with budding design interests, who is motivated about working collaboratively with fellow design specialists across campus to create an environment that fosters ideas and experimentation. The successful candidate will be highly motivated with experience managing a cross-functional team, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience with design and fabrication practices.

The position is a full-time, 12-month benefits-eligible, non-tenure track academic professional. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Cornell University provides a generous benefits package, including vacation, health and personal leave, educational benefits, group health, dental, vision and life insurance, and retirement benefits.  

This is a 3-year term with the possibility of renewal.


  •  Master’s Degree in design and/or product development, architecture, engineering or related fields,
  • 3+ years of experience supporting or managing a makerspace, fabrication lab, or similar operation, ideally at an educational institution.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a technical/teaching role with an emphasis on CAD and CAM teaching. Experience advising and mentoring students.
  • Experience with CAD / CAM tools, technologies and software used in maker-space environments.
  • Ability to teach the following CAD/CAM software is important: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCAD, and Revit.
  • Understanding of mechanical concept development and design, rapid prototyping (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.) and advanced manufacturing processes.
  • Experience with equipment commonly used in wood and light metal shop environments (e.g., band saws, scroll saws, sanders, table saw, joiner, shaper, planer, CNC, with grinders, sanders, bending, and cutting tools for light and small metal stock)
  • Advanced understanding of safety requirements and training programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Supervisory experience preferred

Applicants apply through Academic Jobs Online at and upload a cover letter, CV, diversity statement, portfolio demonstrating CAD/CAM software skills, and contact information for three references.
For more information, please contact Gretchen


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