Cornell University, Department of Communication

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Communication-COMMOPENSEARCH [#18662, WDR-00025950]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Communications / Policy & Public Engagement, Environmental Communication, Social Inequality
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/05/18, finished 2022/01/11)
Position Description:   URMs  

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

Assistant Professor of Communication
Department of Communication, Cornell University
Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure-track
Location: Ithaca, NY 14853. The academic home for this position is the Department of Communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), housed on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University. 

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.

Position Description and Responsibilities: The Department of Communication at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, full time tenure-track faculty position in communication at the Assistant Professor level. The successful applicant will conduct research and teach courses in areas that complement the department’s leadership in the social scientific study of communication. We welcome applicants whose research supports and extends our existing strengths, which include: culture and identity; groups, organizations, and networks; media studies; policy and public engagement; science, health, risk, environment; social inequality; and/or technology and social media. The department is taking active steps to build diversity, equity, and inclusion into all facets of our work, and the colleague we hire will help us advance these efforts in our research, teaching, and engagement. Our department values multiple methods of qualitative and quantitative inquiry and embraces interdisciplinary collaboration. The position involves 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities. Communication faculty teach five undergraduate and/or graduate courses over two academic years and advise students in the Department’s B.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Cornell’s Department of Communication is a global leader in the study of communication as a social science. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day and have won numerous research and teaching awards within Cornell University, New York State, and nationally. The department is highly ranked by numerous sources as among the best in the field of communication. This ranking reflects the superior productivity and quality of the faculty and the diversity and success of our students. The department’s state-of-the-art office space encourages collaborative work and congenial interaction among faculty, staff, and students.

Excellence in research and scholarship is expected, including publishing in peer-reviewed journals in relevant fields and seeking and securing external research funding. Funding includes that from foundations and private sources as well as state and federal funding agencies. Excellence in teaching is equally encouraged and expected. We seek a colleague with an outstanding record or promise in all these areas, and in supporting and contributing to a vibrant culture of inclusive excellence at Cornell. There is also an expectation for the candidate to be engaged in service and leadership activities for his/her/their department, college, university, and professional society. Current Department of Communication faculty participate actively in Cornell's vibrant interdisciplinary community, and creating interdisciplinary collaboration is an opportunity for the successful candidate.

Current collaborations include those with Cornell centers, for example, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, and Cornell Center for Social Sciences. Collaborations with other academic units within Cornell include Cornell Tech; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Information Science; Policy Analysis and Management; Science & Technology Studies; S.C. Johnson College of Business; and Weill Cornell Medical College.

For more information about the Department of Communication, please visit our website.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely aligned field and show promise of developing a national and international reputation doing theory-based and empirical research. We seek innovative scholars of social science who will develop a research program connected to College and University priorities in addressing how people communicate, interact, learn, lead, and shape enterprises of all scales to improve the well-being of individuals, communities, and economies around the world.

Starting Date and Applications: Anticipated starting date for this position is July 2022 or as negotiated. Applications are welcome and encouraged from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly from under-represented groups and identities. We have a vibrant culture that values inclusion, diversity, honor, and integrity. Qualified applicants should submit 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing background, qualifications, and interest in position, 2) a research statement outlining experience, interests, and goals, 3) a teaching statement outlining experience, interests, and goals, 4) a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion outlining how, through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service, the candidate has and will contribute to support of Cornell’s mission of “any person … any study,” 5) at least one writing sample (but not more than three), 6) the names and contact information of three references, 7) curriculum vitae, and 8) unofficial transcripts or a list of courses from the applicant’s graduate program. Official academic transcripts and letters from three references may be requested later. 

Materials should be submitted online to Applications received by August 15, 2021 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. For questions regarding the position, please contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Dawn Schrader at

The Department of Communication is in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty, and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches including positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. 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.

Cornell's global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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.

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:
Dr. Dawn Schrader
466 Mann Library Building
Ithaca, NY 14853