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Last updated September 28, 2021

College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Tenured faculty position / AAP Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University is seeking a tenured faculty member at the associate or full professor level to be appointed in one of the college's three departments: architecture, art, or city and regional planning. The successful candidate will also serve as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and will be a key member in the college's senior leadership team, charged with advancing the college's vision and priorities around academic excellence and inclusion.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of experience in teaching with a demonstrated ability to engage in scholarship, research, and/or creative work. They must demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in their field of expertise and evidence of a deep commitment to engaging in diversity, equity, and belonging in the academy.

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning is one of Cornell University's oldest colleges, and home to approximately 900 students, 100 visiting and full-time faculty, and about 60 staff members. We are committed to the belief that architecture, art, and planning are simultaneously intellectual, spatial, social, and material practices, and that leadership in the field demands both expertise in a specific discipline and broader knowledge across disciplines. Cornell's Ithaca campus is the physical and academic center for AAP, but given the global nature of our interests, the college has extended its reach to include permanent programs in the historic center of Rome and New York City. In Ithaca, the college is located on the campus' Arts Quad and spans five buildings, including the OMA-designed Milstein Hall, the historic Sibley Hall and Tjaden Hall, the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library within the recently renovated Rand Hall, and the landmarked Foundry building. For over a century, AAP has educated many influential theorists and practitioners in the United States, and it continues to build its strength in research and teaching.

AAP is committed to an inclusive and diverse community and an open learning environment that is free from bias. We embrace creative and analytic practices that challenge preconceptions and prejudice; encourage critical engagement with the many forms of built and creative culture; and defend the prerogative of our disciplines to ask difficult questions. These goals are the shared vision and responsibility of the college, departments, and AAP's Council for Diversity and Inclusion that includes students, staff, and faculty members. In a year-long collaborative process, the Council has advanced a strategic action plan, Building a Just and Equitable AAP, to further the advancement of diversity and inclusion work in all facets of the college's work. An Office of Diversity and Inclusion has been re-established, and a Director of Diversity and Inclusion staff position with a focus on student and staff services has been filled. The Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion faculty position is a termed leadership appointment, and the candidate will spend a portion of their teaching, research, and service effort during their three-year (extendable) term to advance college priorities around diversity and inclusion.

In their role as Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the candidate will lead and coordinate college-wide initiatives on diversity and equity, and help foster an inclusive climate for students, staff, and faculty. They will lead initiatives for the recruitment, retention, and career development of a diverse faculty including coordinating resources, mentoring, and facilitating peer support to all AAP faculty. The Associate Dean will co-chair the college Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and work with college leadership to inform, strategize, set, and advance the college's D&I programs and initiatives. Along with the Director of Student Services, the Associate Dean will supervise and partner with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in Student Services to support AAP students, who include undergraduates, master's students (professional and research degrees) and doctoral students. As AAP's academic diversity officer, the Associate Dean will also work closely and coordinate AAP D&I efforts with university-wide entities including among others, the Graduate School and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.

As a tenured faculty member, serving the AAP community as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the successful candidate joins a vibrant departmental and college community in encouraging design imagination, technical creativity, critical thinking, historical awareness, and the development of a social, ethical, and artistic perspective while advocating for the rights of all communities and individuals to pursue their futures with equal opportunity.

Qualifications:

  • A professional B.Arch or M.Arch degree or related Master's degree in the field; an MFA; or a PhD in city and regional planning, or architectural history, theory and criticism or in a field closely related to architecture, art, or planning. Overall qualifications must be commensurate with the requirements for a tenured faculty position at Cornell University in the candidate's respective field. 
  • Substantial experience in implementing D&I initiatives or other initiatives. Ability to be strategic, visionary, transformative, and tactical while paying close attention to delivering tangible results.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse populations/communities representing a range of social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial, and/or ethnic backgrounds through research, teaching and outreach. Recognized for their reputation on diversity issues and initiatives.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of professionalism, integrity and ownership; must be results-oriented, innovative, creative, highly motivated, team-oriented and a self-starter. 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Application Process:

Interested individuals should submit the following items through the university's online application tool at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19750

  1. Letter of interest specifying how the candidate's skills and experiences align with the required qualifications and search objectives.
  2. Curriculum Vitae that highlights notable achievements.
  3. Names and contact information for five references. These will not be contacted until later in the process and only with the applicant's permission.
  1. Work samples: a selection of up to 10 (total) pieces of creative design work, and/or research and scholarly production, exhibitions, course/studio syllabi and documentation, etc. 
  2. Concise statement describing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Visit the below website for more information on our required statement on contributions to diversity; https://facultydevelopment.cornell.edu/department-resources/recruitment/contribution-to-diversity/.
  3. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide additional statements on their scholarly expertise and pedagogical approach, and to review the AAP community action plan and discuss strategies for advancing the college’s commitments to diversity and inclusiveness.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 22, 2021 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion appointment will begin July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will undergo an expedited review process for indefinite tenure as a departmental faculty member at the associate or full professor level.

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.

For more information about the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Cornell University, please visit: https://www.aap.cornell.edu/ and https://www.cornell.edu/.

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Department of City and Regional Planning

Lecturer position

The Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a Lecturer term position beginning in fall 2022 to teach coursework in land-use law and historic preservation.

Cornell's Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is a top-ranked planning department with a progressive mission. Our goal in teaching, research, and public engagement is to promote vibrant communities, urban sustainability, and social equity, especially giving attention to race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Degree programs in the Department include a B.S. degree in Urban and Regional Studies; a professional degree in Master's in Regional Planning; a M.A. degree in Historic Preservation; M.A. and M.S. degrees in Regional Science; and a Ph.D. in both City in Regional Planning and Regional Science.  The Department, with a full-time faculty of 18, draws students from across the U.S. and the world. The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning 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.

Applicants for the lecturer position should possess a graduate degree in planning or an associated field (and, ideally, a degree in law), evidence of relevant research and professional work, a commitment to teaching, and expertise in the following fields: land-use and environmental law, preservation law, and preservation finance and economics. The expectation is that the lecturer will teach two classes on these topics each semester, as determined by the department chair.

The duration of this appointment will be for at least one, and likely two years.  

All applicants should submit their materials using the university's online application tool at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19758. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Appointments are expected to begin July 1, 2022.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter including a concise statement describing areas of expertise, and approach to pedagogy
  2. Brief description of courses that could be taught
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. List of three references with telephone numbers and mailing/email addresses
  5. Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Department embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders. Cornell is a recognized employer and educator for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell asks that every applicant for an academic appointment provide a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which offers candidates an opportunity to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Cornell and its legacy of “… educating and pursuing knowledge for any person in any study.” For short-term appointments this statement need not exceed 250 words. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire.

For questions and additional information, please contact:
Department Chair
Department of City and Regional Planning
crpsearch@cornell.edu

Further information about Cornell, the department, and CRP students, alumni, and faculty may be found at: https://aap.cornell.edu/academics/department-city-and-regional-planning.

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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. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
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