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Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) seeks a visionary and highly collaborative leader to serve as the Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) in the School of Computer Science (SCS). This is an exceptional opportunity to lead the foremost Human-Computer Interaction program in the world in its research and education missions--developing the next generation of HCI scholars and continuing to transform the field. Carnegie Mellon’s SCS, the nation’s top-ranked computer science school, provides an unparalleled scaffold for HCII’s pathbreaking research and is renowned for its collegial, innovative, and entrepreneurial environment, with seamless collaborations across departments, institutes, and with other Schools and Colleges at CMU. The Director will further enable HCII’s faculty, staff, and students to push forward the boundaries of the field, connect with pioneering researchers across the School and the University, and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems at the interface of society and computing.

The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University is a leading center for computer science research and education. With total annual research expenditures of nearly $110 million (within a budget of approximately $180 million), it currently enrolls over 2,300 students across three undergraduate majors, additional undergraduate programs, eight distinct PhD programs, and over 20 Masters programs. It is home to approximately 270 faculty and 540 staff across seven academic departments. Founded as the Computer Science Department in 1965, one of the world’s first, it transformed into a School of Computer Science in 1988 with the prescient vision to lead the world in the study of computers and the technologies they enable. Since then, it has steadily grown in stature and impact. Today, it is widely recognized as one of the top computer science schools in the world, and it is tied for the #1 ranking among computer science organizations by US News and World Report.

Overseeing an operating budget of approximately $14 million and annual research expenditures exceeding $13 million, the Director of the HCII will lead its 39 faculty members into the Institute’s next phase of growth. With the formal launch of the nation’s first undergraduate degree in human-computer interaction, HCII will produce specialists with a strong foundational knowledge of computer science and wide-ranging skills in developing world-changing digital technologies. As these technologies continue to expand beyond mobile applications and websites into conversational interfaces, the internet of things, and augmented/virtual reality, the work of the HCII becomes ever more important. The Director will continue to provide ample research opportunities for students, nurture and cultivate talented graduate students and young faculty, and ensure that HCII continues to pioneer approaches to design-based, interdisciplinary computing research.

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including curriculum vitae and letters of interest) should be submitted electronically below.

Andy Lee is leading this search with Vijay Saraswat and Jane McInerney.

Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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