Cornell University, AAP Department of Art

Position ID:Cornell-AAP Department of Art-CIVICART [#20393, WDR-00028545]
Position Title: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or early career Associate Professor in Art: Public Life
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Art / digital media, Interdisciplinary Arts
Theory and Practice / Arts
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/11/04, 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.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor or early career Associate Professor in Art: Public Life

Cornell University's Department of Art invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or early associate professor in art beginning July 1, 2022.

We are seeking a promising, interdisciplinary artist dedicated to Public Engagement. The candidate must reflect an awareness of theories, histories, and criticism relevant to their practice and an interest in intellectual engagement with colleagues in the humanities. This search welcomes applicants in any media. Of particular interest are artists that will make full use of the opportunities at Cornell and Ithaca for both local and global engagement.

This hire is supported by CIVIC (Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture), the Cornell provost's radical collaboration task force in the humanities and the arts, which targets faculty hires in the fields of media and public engagement. The successful candidate will be expected to forge strong links across the colleges, including developing courses that meet the needs of students across Cornell.

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.

We seek candidates with strong and creative teaching experience, a demonstrated commitment to service, a significant record in exhibition or other modes of public artistic engagement, and a critical practice that has received recognition. The candidate will have an M.F.A. and/or Ph.D. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to meet the needs and evolving interests of undergraduate and graduate student populations and be receptive to emerging contemporary pedagogical and technological trends. To that end, we seek applicants who understand, recognize, and work within the context of a broad and global art world. Candidates must also be committed to public engagement and strong collaboration between the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and other colleges, departments, and entities across the university.

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.

 Required application materials:

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

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

The position will remain open until filled. The department will begin review of applications on December 1, 2021

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

Further information about Cornell University; the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; CIVIC, and the Department of Art and its students, alumni, and faculty may be found at the following links:
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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:
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Cornell University
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
Department of Art
224 Olive Tjaden Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853