Cornell University, AAP Department of Art

Position ID:Cornell-AAP Department of Art-ARTCOHORT [#20257, WDR-00028402]
Position Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or early career Associate Professor for Social Justice and Equity Cohort Hire
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Art History / Modern art, Visual Studies
Art / digital media, Interdisciplinary Arts
Theory and Practice / Arts
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/10/26, finished 2022/06/07)
Position Description:   URMs  

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

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.

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.

Department of Art

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or early career Associate Professor for Social Justice and Equity Cohort Hire

Cornell University's Department of Art invites applications for one or two tenure-track assistant professor or early career associate professor in art beginning July 1, 2022, as part of a cohort hire of faculty whose creative practice, teaching, research and scholarship advances topics of social justice and equity at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

The Department of Art, part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, offers both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees with a strong liberal arts component. In 2018, the department renewed its commitment to integrate a wide range of intellectual and representational variables into art practice. The department enjoys a close relationship with Cornell's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, the Cornell Library, and diverse academic units across the university including in the humanities, sciences, and technology. Art faculty and students have access to extensive traditional and digital production facilities in the college as well as to the resources of a major research university. The department also offers semester-long undergraduate studio programs in both New York City and Rome, Italy. 

The candidate will advance their own creative practice even as they work with us to take the larger project of expanding imaginaries for social change forwards in a way that will support the departments goal of preparing students for art making in an increasingly diverse and inclusive world. We seek candidates with a strong and creative teaching experience, a significant record in exhibition or other modes of public artistic engagement, and a critical practice that has received wide recognition. Of particular interest for this search are candidates whose practices include one or more of print media, time-based media, installation and performance. Nonetheless, because individual faculty and student practices regularly lie beyond or across these traditional categories, we encourage applications from the full range of media, practice, and background/orientation.

Applicants should have a deep knowledge of their media, but also a demonstrated familiarity with the broad range of current practices, and must be able to teach from a knowledge of art history and theory. Cornell AAPs B.F.A. and M.F.A. are both oriented toward the interrelationship and integration of interdisciplinary studio practice with content from across the university: the candidate should therefore be able to address art practice in a broad cultural, socio/political, technical, and conceptual context within an atmosphere of close faculty/student involvement and mentoring. Responsibilities include teaching all levels of the undergraduate and graduate programs, developing topical seminars, and participating in related departmental service such as admissions and portfolio review, curriculum development, and undergraduate and graduate student advising.

The position requires a master of fine arts degree. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required application materials (to be submitted electronically):

 ·         Letter of application

·         Statement of teaching philosophy

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Work samples (links or other appropriate documentation) and work list

·         Examples of course syllabi and representative samples of student work

·         List of three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only at a later stage of the search, and with the applicant's permission

·        A Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as per Cornell University guidelines described here:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2021 until an adequate pool of candidates for the position has been identified. Applicants may apply to this hire and the AAP CIVIC Hire in Public Life though they must submit a separate application for each position. Applications to the Department of Art for both hires will be reviewed by the same search committee.

All applicants should submit their materials electronically to Academic Jobs Online at:

Positions will remain open until filled. The department will begin review of applications on December 1st

Further information about Cornell University; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the Department of Art and its students, alumni, and faculty, and the CIVIC initiative, may be found here Information on the Social Justice and Equity Cohort hire, and the CIVIC hire, may be found here

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

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

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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