Faculty Employment Opportunities

Last updated December 4, 2019.

Department of Art

Assistant Professor in Art

Cornell University's Department of Art invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professors in art, beginning in fall 2020 or spring 2021.

The Department of Art, part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with a strong liberal arts component. The department enjoys a close relationship with Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and diverse academic units across the university. Art faculty and students have access to extensive traditional and digital production facilities in the college as well as to the resources of a major research university. The department also offers semester-long undergraduate programs in both New York City and Rome.

We seek candidates with strong and creative teaching experience, a significant record in exhibition or other modes of public artistic engagement, and a critical practice that has received wide recognition. The department currently organizes its courses into six areas of practice — painting, drawing, sculpture, print media, photography, and digital media. Of particular interest for this search are candidates whose practices include one or more of painting, print media, photography, or digital media. Nonetheless, because individual faculty and student practices regularly lie beyond or across these traditional categories, we encourage applications from the full range of media, practice, and background/orientation. In terms of this search, an important qualification for the position will be the degree to which the candidate can articulate a coherent vision of the future of art practice and the candidate's chosen media in a way that will support the department's goal of preparing students for artmaking in an increasingly difficult and rapidly changing world.

Applicants should have a deep knowledge of their media, but also a demonstrated familiarity with the broad range of current practices, and must be able to teach from a knowledge of art history and theory. Cornell AAP's B.F.A. and M.F.A. are both oriented toward the interrelationship and integration of interdisciplinary studio practice with content from across the university: the candidate should therefore be able to address art practice in a broad cultural, socio/political, technical, and conceptual context within an atmosphere of close faculty/student involvement and mentoring.

The position requires a master of fine arts degree. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities include teaching all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs, developing topical seminars, and participating in related departmental service such as admissions and portfolio review, curriculum development, and undergraduate and graduate student advising.

Cornell is committed to hiring faculty who share its historical commitment to educating and pursing knowledge for any person in any study. We now ask that every applicant for an academic appointment (including tenure-track and tenured positions, academic staff positions, and academic librarian positions) provide a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This statement offers candidates an opportunity to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Cornell and our legacy of ". . . any person . . . any study." Candidates are also invited to connect their contributions to Cornell's role as a land-grant institution enabling community improvement through research and teaching.

Required application materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Examples of course syllabi
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Work samples (links or other appropriate documentation) and work list
  • Student work samples
  • List three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only for the later stages of the search, and with the applicant's permission
  • A Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is required

The deadline to apply is January 6, 2020.

All applicants for the assistant professor in art should submit their materials electronically to Academic Jobs Online.

Further information about Cornell University; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; and the Department of Art and its students, alumni, and faculty may be found on the Department of Art website.

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Assistant Professor or Early Associate Professor in Art: Digital Media Practice and Theory

Cornell University's Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or early associate professor in art beginning July 1, 2020.

We are seeking a promising, research-based interdisciplinary artist who combines the areas of digital and media practice with theory, history, and criticism. This hire is supported by CIVIC (Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture), the Cornell provost's radical collaboration task force in the humanities and the arts, which targets faculty hires in the fields of media and public engagement. The successful candidate will be expected to forge strong links with the cross-college program in media studies, and to teach classes that will count towards the “Making Media” component of the new CIVIC-sponsored media studies minor.

The Department of Art, part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with a strong liberal arts component. This interdisciplinary hire flows naturally from a major shift in our academic undergraduate art curriculum instituted in the fall of 2018, and our M.F.A program that seeks applicants based on their ability to integrate a wide range of intellectual and representational variables into their practice. The department enjoys a close relationship with Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Cornell Library including the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, and diverse academic units across the university including humanities, science, and technology. Art faculty and students have access to extensive traditional and digital production facilities in the college as well as to the resources of a major research university. The department also offers semester-long undergraduate studio programs in both New York City and Rome.

We seek candidates with strong and creative teaching experience, a demonstrated commitment to service, a significant record in exhibition or other modes of public artistic engagement, and a critical practice that has received wide recognition. The candidate will have an M.F.A. and/or Ph.D. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should have a deep knowledge of their media, but also a demonstrated familiarity with the broad range of current practices and must be able to teach from a knowledge of art history and theory. The candidate should exhibit an interest in encouraging interdisciplinary studio practices that include diverse disciplines from across the university: the candidate should, therefore, be able to address art practice in a broad cultural, sociopolitical, technical, and conceptual context within an atmosphere of close faculty/student involvement and mentoring. Class responsibilities for the position include both introductory and advanced studios as well as seminar classes that intersect with the interests of the artist.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to meet the needs and evolving interests of undergraduate and graduate student populations and be receptive to emerging contemporary pedagogical and technological trends. To that end, we seek applicants who understand, recognize, and work within the context of a broad and global art world. Candidates must also be committed to public engagement and strong collaboration between the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and other colleges, departments, and entities across the university.

Cornell is committed to hiring faculty who share its historical commitment to educating and pursuing knowledge for any person in any study. We require that every applicant for an academic appointment provide a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This statement offers candidates an opportunity to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Cornell and our legacy of “. . . any person . . . any study.” Candidates are also invited to connect their contributions to Cornell's role as a land-grant institution enabling community improvement through research and teaching.

Required application materials:

  • Letter of application
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Examples of course syllabi
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Work samples (links or other appropriate documentation) and work list
  • Course syllabi and representative samples of student work
  • List three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only for the later stages of the search, and with the applicant's permission
  • A Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The deadline to apply is January 6, 2020.

All applicants for the assistant professor or early associate professor in art: digital media practice and theory position should submit their materials electronically to Academic Jobs Online.

Further information about Cornell University; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; CIVIC, and the Department of Art and its students, alumni, and faculty may be found at the following links:

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Department of City and Regional Planning

Assistant Professor in Community Development

The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Architecture, Art, and, Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor to begin on July 1, 2020. 

We seek applicants whose research and teaching address community development and urban transformations in the U.S. and internationally. This position will focus on community and identity formation, and questions of difference, equity, and exclusivity in the city. We seek candidates with strengths in theory, practice, engagement and/or activism. This hire is supported by CIVIC (Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture), the Cornell provost's radical collaboration task force in the humanities and the arts, which targets faculty hires in the fields of public life and media. As such, the successful candidate is expected to take advantage of the ability to collaborate with colleges, departments, and entities across the university.

In CRP we study, teach, and practice planning as a diverse and integrative, applied and change-oriented discipline, seeking as we do so a more just and efficient, sustainable, and beautiful world. The department has as its goal to promote vibrant communities, urban sustainability, and social equity through its teaching, research, and public engagement. Successful applicants for this position must demonstrate high-quality research, the ability to secure external funding, and a commitment to excellent teaching and mentoring. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in urban/regional planning or a related field (e.g., geography, public policy, urban studies). We anticipate that candidates for this position will be able to teach a combination of workshop, lecture, and seminar classes. Scholars with various forms of experience are of interest, including that of navigating, interpreting, and analyzing data streams. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CRP is a top-ranked planning department with 130 undergraduate majors (B.S. in urban and regional studies); 110 master's degree students in programs in city and regional planning (accredited M.R.P.), historic preservation planning (M.A.), and regional science (M.A. and M.S.); and 35 Ph.D. students in city and regional planning and regional science. The department, with a full-time faculty of 17, draws students from across the U.S. and the world and is one of the premier programs for U.S. and international planning. As part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, the department is committed to advancing scholarship in the art and science of place-making and urban design by providing a supportive, resource-rich context for collaborative studies both within the unit and across the university. Demonstrating this commitment, CRP supports dual degrees with Cornell programs in landscape architecture and real estate. Situated on Cornell University's main campus in Ithaca, New York, the department also offers semester-long programs in New York City and Rome.

Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Cornell is committed to hiring faculty who share its historical commitment to educating and pursuing knowledge for any person in any study. We require that every applicant for an academic appointment provide a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This statement offers candidates an opportunity to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Cornell and our legacy of ". . . any person . . . any study." Candidates are also invited to connect their contributions to Cornell's role as a land-grant institution enabling community improvement through research and teaching.

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of application
  • Statement of research and teaching interests
  • Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Course syllabi and representative samples of corresponding student work, as is available
  • Writing samples
  • List of three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only for the later stages of the search, and with the applicant's permission

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 6, 2020, until an adequate pool of candidates for the position has been identified.

All applicants for the assistant professor in community development should submit their materials electronically to Academic Jobs Online.

Learn more about the Department of City and Regional Planning and its students, alumni, and faculty, and the C.I.V.I.C. initiative.

View a printable PDF of the job description for the assistant professor in community development.

Read more about the assistant professor in community development position