Cornell University, Vice Provost Units

Position ID:Cornell-Vice Provost Units-CORENLLEINAUDIDIR [#27165, WDR-00043337]
Position Title: Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Humanities and Social Sciences / Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Social Sciences
Global Studies
International and Area Studies
International Studies (more...)
Salary Range:$123,905 - $300,000
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2024/02/15, updated 2024/02/14)
Position Description:   URMs  

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 Cornell University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Reporting to the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the director will provide leadership and direction for an established international studies center and, more generally, for the support and integration of international studies into the intellectual life of the university. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to develop a strategic vision and utilize and build resources to position Cornell at the forefront of global research and education.

As both a land-grant institution and a privately endowed university, Cornell has a founding responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to improve the quality of life in the state of New York, the nation, and the world.

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies was established in 1961 as the Cornell Center for International Studies. Its mission was to enhance Cornell's research and teaching about the world's regions, countries, cultures, and languages and to help prepare students and faculty to contribute in the international sphere. In 1990, it was named for its founding director, the political theorist Mario Einaudi.

Today, the center houses area studies and thematic programs; organizes workshops, conferences, and public events; provides grants, fellowships, and training to faculty and students; offers minors and other courses of study; publishes papers, briefs, and books; and brings together scholars from many disciplines to address complex global issues. The resources and opportunities for innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations across the center and the university are extensive.

Position summary

The Einaudi Center director is a 12-month dual appointment, reporting to the Vice Provost for International Affairs as the director of the center and as a tenured member of the Cornell faculty with responsibilities in an academic department. The director holds the John S. Knight endowed chair for the position term. The successful candidate will be appointed for five years with the potential for renewal, and will be a member of the faculty in one or more departments on the Ithaca campus. Responsibilities will be split 50/50 between the Einaudi Center and home department.

The ideal candidate will hold the highest graduate degree in their field and is a dynamic and experienced academic leader and world-renowned researcher working on issues with global implications. The candidate should have a successful track record in obtaining external funding, including grants and philanthropy. We will consider candidates with limited development experience who are eager to grow into donor and gift stewardship to build a sustainable future for the Einaudi Center.

Major responsibilities

  • Works with the Vice Provost for International Affairs, faculty advisory committee, college deans and associate deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff to develop and implement a strategic vision for international studies at Cornell.
  • Oversees the Einaudi Center's area studies and thematic programs, providing leadership for the program directors, helping build synergies and collaborations, and assisting with strategic program growth and long-term sustainability.
  • Provides direction for the center’s thematic research areas, curricular initiatives, public programming and outreach, grant and fellowship programs, graduate student training, and other initiatives.
  • Supervises the Einaudi Center’s senior staff.
  • Stewards a sizeable budget appropriately.
  • Works with the academic deans and leaders of Cornell’s colleges, schools, centers, programs, and institutes to develop cross-­disciplinary partnerships aimed at enhancing international research and education.
  • Develops and supports relationships with institutions beyond the university to address urgent economic, environmental, social, cultural, and political challenges.
  • Mobilizes resources for international studies, both within the university and externally, and advocates for the Einaudi Center’s vision and mission.
  • Represents the center to other institutions and groups, the media, government, and the public.
  • Participates as a member of the senior leadership team in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, providing input and direction for Global Cornell initiatives, identifying and sharing best practices, implementing priorities as directed by the vice provost, and representing the vice provost’s office on university projects and committees.
Start date:       July/August 2024 or as feasible

Rank:              Associate or Full Professor (tenure track)

Salary:             $123,905 - $300,000

Interested applicants should submit the following:

·       Statement of interest

·       CV

·       Statement of current and future research interests and leadership experience

·       Three names of senior scholars as references

·       Statement Supporting Diverse Communities


The application deadline for this position is April 9, 2024. Any questions regarding the position should be directed to the Vice Provost for International Affairs at

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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.

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