Cornell University, AAP Department of Art

Position ID:Cornell-AAP Department of Art-ARTCHAIR [#17628, WDR-00024322]
Position Title: Department Chair, Associate/Full Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Art / digital media, Curatorial Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts
Theory and Practice / Arts
Appl Deadline:2021/01/04 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2020/11/23)
Position Description:   URMs apply  

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Department of Art

Department Chair, Associate/Full Professor

The Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University invites applications for the position of full-time department chairperson with associate/full professorship starting July 1, 2021.

The department offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with a strong liberal arts component and 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 substantial 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.

The Department of Art has recently implemented significant curricular changes aimed at further encouraging the cross-disciplinary practices among our students and faculty. It is the vitality of such linkages that provide the Department of Art at Cornell with its ambitions and inspiration to create an environment where the artistic output of its students and faculty have lasting effect in the world.

We seek an accomplished and recognized artist, curator, and/or critical practitioner who will welcome the opportunity to further empower our community in their research and practice. The successful candidate should have considerable experience in visionary and collaborative leadership and advocacy within the academic setting. With a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the chairperson will have the opportunity to lead and inspire the department’s development, evolution, and pedagogy. Our department is committed to the conviction that -- with its intertwined intellectual, cultural, and material aspects -- an art practice can provide an exemplary model for a liberatory, inclusive, and holistic education.

The chair is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the department’s academic programs, budgets, and facilities, working with the department manager to ensure a workplace that is supportive of faculty, staff, and students. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the chair works in close collaboration with the college dean as well as with the program directors and the department faculty. Other responsibilities include teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs, developing topical seminars, and participating in related departmental and university service such as admissions, curriculum development, student advising, and recruiting and mentoring junior faculty.

The position requires a master of fine arts or other terminal degree in a related field. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Interested individuals should submit the following items through the university’s online application tool at:

1.     a letter of interest (that includes a discussion of the candidate’s academic leadership, philosophy and ambitions for art education, research interests, and teaching experience); 

2.     curriculum vitae; 

3.     work samples or links;

4.     list of three references with telephone numbers as well mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only for the later stages of the search and with the applicant’s permission;

5.     Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (maximum of one page) that outlines your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career as a researcher and educator, and/or convey how you see these commitments materializing as a faculty member at Cornell. Visit the below website for more information on this required statement on contributions to diversity:


The deadline to apply is January 4, 2021. The new department chair appointment will begin July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will undergo an expedited review process for indefinite tenure as a departmental faculty member at the associate or full professor level; whereas the appointment to the chair position is for 3 years with the possibility of being renewed for an additional 3-year term. 

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. 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. 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.

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 at:

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Cornell University
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Department of Art
224 Olive Tjaden Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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