James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship


James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship: Applications open NOW and due by Dec 7.

The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University seeks applications for the James Wei Visiting Professorship for Academic Years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. 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 course offerings range from design thinking courses such as "Creativity, Innovation and Design" to entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship courses such as "Entrepreneurial Leadership," and "Policy Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century." The co-curricular offerings at the Keller Center include summer internships, the Summer Accelerator Program of eLab, the TigerChallenge program in design thinking and campus events such as a 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-academic-year support and can be implemented either as one-semester with full support, or a full academic year with half-support. The visitor will teach at least one novel undergraduate course, which is expected to be different from, but complimentary to, the existing curriculum. The visitor will also undertake some activities that contribute to the life of the Keller Center and the University. The visitor is expected to bring a unique and creative educational experience to 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. Candidates with expertise and teaching plans well aligned with center priorities in operations and in global issues (particularly outside US/Europe) will be prioritized. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

For full consideration, applications should be received by December 7, 2018. Applicants should indicate in application materials the preferred academic year for the visit. Applications should include 1: the candidate's curriculum vitae; 2: a career statement that addresses the candidate's prior experiences relevant to the application and proposed teaching; 3: a teaching statement in which the candidate discusses their plans for the visiting semester or year, with particular emphasis on how their proposed new course fits into the existing Keller Center curriculum and usefully builds beyond it; 4: the names and contact information for three references that can comment on the nominee's qualifications and experiences relevant to the proposed activities. Letters will later be solicited for any top candidates.

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Ken Anderson is on leave from Intel, where he has been innovating around the social-technical for the past 15 years. Ken was trained as an anthropologist and spends a good portion of his time in field research to observe, document, and analyze the rich tapestry of everyday life as the foundation for innovation. His scholarship draws together theories and methods from social sciences, humanities, and business practices to create experimental systems and services. He has developed "inventive" methods and run massive research and business experiments at the micro-meso-macro levels. At Intel, he has started up the first Energy Lab, provided the research basis for new Intel products, developed the foundation for a shift to data economy, and recently established the cross-company "5G Innovators Initiative." Currently, he is exploring technologies, transformational business opportunities, and cultural values around smart cities, civic participation industrial IoT, and intelligent agents. As our lives are increasingly digital-physical hybrids, it is more important than ever to understand the structures of everyday life to create human options for technology and business innovation. 

Ken is co-founder of EPIC People, an organization of ethnographic practitioners developed to create knowledge, share expertise, expand opportunities, and promote ethnographic research in corporate contexts. His work has appeared in wide range of publications including computer, public health, anthropology, and business journals. 


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:

  • 2015-2017: Martin Johnson '81, Isles, Inc.
  • 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