James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship


The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University seeks applications for the James Wei Visiting Professorship for Academic Years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. Made possible by the generous support of several Princeton alumni, the James Wei Visiting Professorship is a key element of Princeton's broadening scope of design thinking and entrepreneurship education.

The design thinking and entrepreneurship related activities range from course offerings such as " Creativity, Innovation and Design", "Entrepreneurial Leadership," "Social Entrepreneurship: Ventures to Address Global Challenges," and "High-Tech Entrepreneurship" to co-curricular offerings such as summer internships, the Summer Accelerator Program of eLab and campus events such as lecture series and the annual Innovation Forum.

Additionally, there is broad, student-led programming coordinated through groups such as the Entrepreneurship Club and the Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and initiatives by individual faculty and students. 
The appointment provides half-year support and can be implemented either as one-semester with full support, or a full year with half-support. The visitor will teach at least one novel undergraduate course, which is expected to be different from the existing curriculum. The visitor will also undertake some activities that contribute to the life of the Keller Center and the University.

The Visiting Professor is expected to bring a unique and creative educational experience to the students through classroom teaching and other projects. Educational innovation is of particular interest in this appointment. 
Candidates will be evaluated according to their scholarship and teaching ability, and their track record of innovations and innovative teaching methods as applied to design thinking and entrepreneurship.

To apply for the James Wei Visiting Professorship in Entrepreneurship, please visit Princeton University's Human Resources Job Site and follow the instructions within. Search for requisition #1500859.


Martin Johnson is Founder and CEO of Isles, Inc., an urban sustainable development organization that fosters self-reliance and healthy neighborhoods. Founded in 1981, Isles arose from a student-initiated seminar and thesis at Princeton University in 1981.

Nationally recognized as a model for innovative and effective nonprofit development, Isles has received awards from the U.S. EPA, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other organizations. Isles work includes community planning and green real estate development, wealth creation, environmental health, urban agriculture, education for under-served high school drop-outs and job training.

Mr. Johnson co-founded other development organizations and projects, including: New Jersey Community Capital, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, Building One New Jersey and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work.

Marty is a 1981 graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, where he played football and baseball. He came back to teach a course on Rethinking Poverty: Community Development Research and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1996. He is a trustee of the Capital Health System and National Housing Institute. Marty and his wife Liz raised three sons in Trenton, New Jersey.


Innaugurated in 2007, this professorship is a key element of Princeton's broadening scope of entrepreneurship education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. Previous holders of this professorship include:

  • 2014-2015: Shahram Hejazi, BioAdvance; Joy Marcus, Bloglovin'
  • 2013-2014: Frank Fabozzi, EDHEC Business School
  • 2013-2014: Lorraine Marchand, Columbia Business School
  • 2012-2013: James Hornthal '76, co-founder and Chairman of Triporati, Inc. 
  • 2011-2012: Derek Lidow '73, Founder and CEO of iSuppli
  • 2010-2011: Ely Dahan, UCLA Anderson School 
  • 2009-2010: Gordon Bloom, Harvard/Stanford
  • 2008-2009: John Danner, University of California-Berkeley
  • 2007-2008: Julian Lange '65 Babson College