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Social Impact Searches

Advancing Equity and Justice

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University is committed to a comprehensive and collaborative approach to building inclusive and diverse communities by providing an open teaching and learning environment 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. 

AAP and its constituent departments launched six searches for faculty who will together bring social justice to the forefront of the college's efforts to build a more sustainable, just, and thriving world for all. We are currently seeking the first Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity at AAP; three departmental faculty cohort hires, each to advance scholarship, research, and creative practice around social justice, equity, and identity; and two searches — one in art, and one in city and regional planning — for Critical Inquiry, Imagination, and Culture (CIVIC) as part of the provost's Radical Collaboration initiative for fostering the cross-college exchange of knowledge and ideas in the areas of public life and media at Cornell. It is expected that all faculty members brought in under the social impact searches will contribute to research, creative practice, teaching, and advising in areas of inquiry that advance scholarship and practice to address social justice and equity in their departments and across the college and university.

Positions

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

AAP Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity, Tenured faculty position

(rolling deadline, application review begins 11/22/2021)

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning invites applications for a tenured faculty position, appointed in one of the college's three departments, who will serve as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity, a key member of the college's senior leadership team charged with advancing the AAP'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 also demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in their field of expertise as well as evidence of a deep commitment to engaging in diversity, equity, and belonging in the academy.


AAP Cohort Hire

The AAP cohort hire brings together faculty across the college's three departments to advance scholarship, research, and creative practice on issues of social justice, equity, and identity. Each department has assembled a separate search committee for the review process. Please read the below position descriptions carefully and apply to the department and position that best fits your scholarship and practice. Though applications will be considered by only one department, there will be ongoing communication and coordination across committees. For this reason, please indicate in your application how your scholarship and practice relate to the college's other departments.

All positions will remain open until filled. Each department will begin to review applications this fall (see specific dates below), with an intended start date of July 1, 2022.

The Department of Architecture

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or early-career Associate Professor

(rolling deadline, application review begins 12/01/2021)

Cornell University's Department of Architecture invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor or early career associate professor as part of AAP's cohort hire. We seek applicants who will foster an interdisciplinary approach to architectural design studios and seminars situated within spatial and critical practices, theories, and histories. Particular attention will be given to candidates concerned with marginalized peoples and communities and whose work may actively and innovatively address urgent topics such as indigeneity, racism(s) in all forms, environmental degradation and its uneven effects, migrations and displacements, comparative trans-national systems, and valences of oppression found within and among territories.

The Department of Art

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or early-career Associate Professor

(rolling deadline, application review begins 12/01/2021)

Cornell University's Department of Art invites applications for one or two tenure-track assistant professors or early-career associate professors as part of AAP's cohort hire. We seek applicants whose creative practice, teaching, research, and scholarship catalyze critical thinking and imagination to prepare students for making art in an increasingly diverse and inclusive world. The successful candidate should demonstrate creative teaching experience, a significant record in exhibition or other modes of public artistic engagement, and a critical practice that has received wide recognition for addressing and advancing social justice.

The Department of City and Regional Planning

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or early-career Associate Professor

(rolling deadline, application review begins 11/22/2021)

The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) invites applications for one tenure-track assistant professor or early career associate professor as part of AAP's cohort hire. We seek applicants whose research and teaching examine how planning issues affect individuals differently by race or ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, age and ability, social or economic class, and the intersection of these characteristics. The successful candidate will support our collective, college-wide goal of linking scholarship to societal impact on social justice and equity, and must demonstrate high-quality research through publishing and grantsmanship, excellence in teaching and advising, as well as professional engagement in the urban environment in areas such as housing, economic development, climate crisis, transportation and infrastructure systems, and urban data analytics. 


AAP CIVIC Hire

The Cornell provost's Radical Collaboration initiative includes a Critical Inquiry, Imagination, and Culture (CIVIC) task force for identifying and expanding upon creative points of intersection in the arts and humanities at AAP and across the university. The departments of art and city and regional planning each seek one faculty member who will collaborate with colleagues in the department of performing and media arts (art); as well as the departments of science and technology studies and feminist, gender and sexuality studies (planning) to build upon and enhance AAP's existing strengths in the areas public life and media.

The Department of Art

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or early-career Associate Professor

(rolling deadline, application review begins 12/01/2021)

The Department of Art invites artists working in any media dedicated to public engagement to apply for one tenure-track position. The candidate must reflect an awareness of theories, histories, and criticism relevant to their creative practice (vs. a solely formal understanding) and how these might fit into the broader context of the public realm. The successful candidate should be able to address art practice in broad cultural, socio/political, technical, and conceptual contexts within an atmosphere of close faculty/student involvement and mentorship. Art's partner for this hiring initiative at Cornell is the Department of Performing and Media Arts.

The Department of City and Regional Planning

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or early-career Associate Professor in Urban Planning and the Digital Realm

(rolling deadline, application review begins 11/22/2021)

The Department of City and Regional Planning invites applications for one tenure-track faculty member with a critical and theoretical approach to the planning discipline, and who brings innovative digital methods and pedagogies for engaging and analyzing the digital realm. This might include but is not limited to crowdsourcing data, mapping, web-scraping and social media analysis, and creative and critical forms of writing and visualization. CRP's partnering departments for this hiring initiative at Cornell are Science and Technology Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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Land Acknowledgment

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

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