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Syracuse University invites applications for the Director of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI). Housed within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and involving faculty from across Syracuse University, ASPI is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to the design, governance, and wider societal implications of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. It aims to critically engage and shape the policy and ethical frameworks that will guide the design and use of these emerging technologies. Across its initiatives, ASPI endeavors to be the leader in uniting interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to emerging autonomous technologies, in integrating and thinking across different sociotechnical systems, and in bringing academic insight, community needs, and industry developments into conversation and joint action.


Launched in 2019, ASPI includes 20 core faculty spread across Syracuse University and more than 130 faculty who are involved in some capacity. The Institute supports multiple interdisciplinary research teams as well as a speaker and research series, and has prioritized developing and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders in industry, advocacy, and government domains. Most recently, ASPI has launched initiatives including a graduate-student lab, regular industry roundtables, and an annual public symposium. Future plans include the creation of both undergraduate and graduate academic programs related to autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, innovative executive education programming, and additional faculty hires as part of a cluster hire initiative in Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, and the Human-Technology Frontier.


The director position in ASPI presents an exceptional opportunity for a visionary and collaborative academic leader with interests at the intersection of emerging autonomous technologies and policy. ASPI is unique among research institutes in its dual focus on the development of autonomous systems across multiple domains (e.g., mobility, healthcare, future of work, AI systems), as well as the need for deep and broad interdisciplinary engagement to understand the social and policy implications of these developments. Harnessing Syracuse University’s strengths in public communications, management, design, computer science, and policy, ASPI offers its next director an ideal platform for establishing Syracuse University as the place for interdisciplinary, socially relevant research and teaching on autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.


For ASPI’s director, we seek a senior scholar with a stellar research record related to autonomous systems and/or artificial intelligence and established experience in interdisciplinary engagement, program building, and translational work between and among academia, government, advocacy, and industry domains. Preference will be given to candidates who emphasize and demonstrate understanding of how the design, policy, and societal impacts of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence – ASPI’s core focus – can be brought together in both scholarship and teaching. A record of extramural grant funding from a range of organizations is expected.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. and demonstrate expertise in policy, governance, and the societal implications of technology through their scholarship, leadership, and teaching. The successful candidate must meet the requirements of being hired as a full professor with tenure. The tenure home for the person hired will be determined in conversation with the candidate.


To apply for the position, candidates must complete an online faculty application (available at and submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Sept. 15th. We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.


Syracuse University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.

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