The William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship For Distinguished Teaching

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching continues the admirable tradition of previous holders who have set standards for exceptional scholarship and distinguished teaching which have become the hallmarks of the Kenan Trust Visiting Professorship.

The visitor will teach two undergraduate courses, possibly collaborating with a regular faculty member. The visitor will undertake some activities that contribute to the life of the department or the University by focusing on the art and craft of teaching well. Possible projects include a seminar for faculty and graduate students that aims at improving teaching at Princeton, particularly through the use of new technologies, workshops for faculty and graduate students, demonstration lectures, lunch discussions, or classroom visits.

The Keller Center is accepting applications for the William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professor for academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 7, 2015. The applicant should indicate in his/her application the preferred academic year for their visit. Applications should include the candidate's c.v. and a statement of how the candidate proposes to spend the visiting year. (Applicants are encouraged to contact the chair of the appropriate Princeton department to discuss possible teaching opportunities.) Three reference letters that comment on the nominee's qualifications and experiences relevant to the proposed activities will be required for top candidates.

Candidates will be evaluated according to their teaching ability and scholarship, and their track records of new course innovations and innovative teaching methods that can bring new dimensions to what the members of the Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty are already doing in their classrooms.


To apply for the William R. Kenan. Jr. Professorship, please visit Princeton University's Human Resources Job Site and follow the instructions within. Search for requisition #1500860.


Eden Fisher is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 2016. She will teach a new course in Spring 2016: EGR 390 “Innovation in Practice: Pathways and People”. In this course, students build on expert and practitioner experience and insights, as well as readings, to develop an enhanced understanding of innovation and roles in the innovation ecosystem.

Eden Fisher is Founding Director and Professor of the Practice for the interdisciplinary Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) Masters program in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering and is a member of the faculty of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. She designed and established the E&TIM professional masters program to provide engineers and scientists with insights and skills to manage innovation and lead value creation. Her research interests include strategies and processes for creating economic and social value, the front end of innovation, innovation for sustainability, and education for innovation.

Before joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2006, she worked in industry for over two decades. Her roles at Alcoa, Inc., included technology planning, directing the front-end innovation process at the corporate research laboratory, and leading strategic analysis and technology planning for a diverse set of business units.

Earlier in her career, she was an AAAS postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC), a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and a research analytical chemist at Church and Dwight Co, Inc. (Central NJ).

She earned her Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, and her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Princeton University.


This professorship continues the admirable tradition of Professors Brian Kernighan and Zellman Warhaft, who held the 250th Visiting Professorship for Distinguished Teaching and set the standards for exceptional scholarship and distinguished record of teaching which has become the hallmark of the Kenan Trust Visiting Professorship. Previous holders of this professorship include: 

  • 2014-2015: Ignacio Payá-Zaforteza, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
  • 2013-2014: William George, Imperial College
  • 2013-2014: Deborah Nolan, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2012-2013: Daniel Giammar, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2012-2013: Faith Morrison, Michigan Tech
  • 2011-2012: Christopher M. Clark, Harvey Mudd College
  • 2010-2011: Jacob B. Khurgin, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2009-2010: James Grotberg, University of Michigan
  • 2008-2009: Vacant
  • 2007-2008: Umesh Vazirani, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2006-2007: Edward J. Coyle, Georgia Tech
  • 2006-2007: Richard De Veaux, Williams College