Cornell University, Society for the Humanities

Position ID:Cornell-Society for the Humanities-POSTDOCPMA [#14035, POSTDOCPMA-WDR-00019870]
Position Title: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Performing and Media Arts, AY 2020-2022
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Drama
Theater Studies
Media Studies
Dance (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/11/01 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/07/11, finished 2020/05/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Performing and Media Arts
Academic Years 2020-2022
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of Performing and Media Arts invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning August 1, 2020. The fellowship offers a stipend of $53,000/year.


Cornell’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks a postdoctoral fellow with research/creative projects and teaching interests that cross the boundaries between theory and practice in one or more of the following areas: dance, cinema, media, or live performance. Interdisciplinary expertise and teaching experience are desirable. We would like to recruit a postdoc whose work crosses the boundaries of theory and practice, who is invested in innovative and experimental research methods, and who brings these methods into the classroom. The successful candidate will also engage in the intellectual and creative life of the department and Cornell at large. We are interested in recruiting candidates who demonstrate commitment to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity consistent with a Research I university.


Postdoctoral Fellows teach one course per semester. Candidates should submit a course proposal (up to 300 words, including key texts/media) for an undergraduate seminar that showcases the applicant’s pedagogical commitments and teaching strategies.


Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2014 and no later than June 30, 2020.  Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online position #14035,, by November 1, 2019.

  1. Cover page (will be generated via your AJO account):
    (a) Full name and home institution
    (b) Date (or expected date) of Ph.D
    (c) Research interest(s)
    (d) Referees’ names and emails
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Detailed statement of research interests (1,000 – 2,000 words)
  4. Course proposal with sample syllabus for an undergraduate seminar.
  5. One writing sample [30-page limit]
  6. Letter of degree conferral (only for applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand by November 1, 2018)
  7. Three letters of recommendation.  Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2019.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274

Society for the Humanities: 

The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows are invited to attend all of the Society’s events, and expected to participate in the Society’s weekly Wednesday Fellows Seminar and luncheon.

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.

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:
Society for the Humanities
Cornell University
A. D. White House, 121 President's Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853