Cornell University, AAP Department of Art

Position ID:Cornell-AAP Department of Art-ARTLECT [#27299, WDR-00043940]
Position Title: Lecturer position in Department of Art
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Art / Photography
Starting Date:2025/01/01
Salary Range:$54,000 - $60,000
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2024/03/09, updated 2024/03/07)
Position Description:   URMs  

Lecturer position – Department of Art 

How does photography imagine the world? Lens based visuality is the new literacy of the 21st century. The Department of Art in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) invites applications for a nine-month Lecturer term position to teach coursework in Photography. The expected start date for this full-time position is January 1, 2025. 

The Department of Art, part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, offers a B.F.A., an M.F.A. in Creative Visual Arts, and an M.F.A. in Image Text. The department enjoys a close relationship with 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 a semester-long undergraduate studio program in Rome, Italy. 

Applicants for the Lecturer position should possess a graduate degree in art, evidence of relevant research and professional work, a commitment to teaching, and expertise in a range of contemporary, traditional, and experimental media. Given that the department emphasizes cross-disciplinary practices, preference will be given to candidates who have experience critiquing and can address work in all media–from beginners to advanced level. 

Applicants should have a demonstrated familiarity with the broad range of current practices and must be able to teach from knowledge of a wide range of historical and contemporary practices. We seek applicants who will lead investigations of visual perception and photography as an expressive recording medium. Cornell AAP’s B.F.A. is 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. 

While the department holds an expansive definition of photography and lens-based media, the expectation is that the Lecturer will be able to teach introductory and advanced courses in both analog and digital photography. Our facilities include a well-equipped Photo Lab which can allow for darkroom, digital, and alternative processes. There is a staff lab manager, a lighting studio, and a variety of equipment available for loan. In addition, there is the possibility of teaching cross-disciplinary seminars. Responsibilities include teaching two classes on these topics each semester, and some participation in related departmental service such as admissions and portfolio review, curriculum development, and undergraduate and graduate student advising, as determined by the department chair. 

The duration of this renewable appointment will be for at least one, and likely two years. 

Pay Range: $54,000 - $60,000 

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria: 
A generous benefit package includes, educational benefits, access to wellness programs, employee discounts, health care options, generous paid leave provisions and excellent retirement contributions. Cornell has been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. 

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University is home to nearly 1,000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today's most urgent challenges and advance research, inquiry, and approaches to designing, making, and doing that build a more just and sustainable future. 

A vital college at one of the nation's foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 21-degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make change in our cities and communities nationally and internationally. 

Cornell AAP's departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business; and the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS; Cornell Engineering; the College of Human Ecology; and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations — Ithaca, NY; New York City; and Rome, Italy — each with world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies. 

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices; Sustainability + Social Impact; Design + Emerging Technologies; and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day. 

All applicants should submit their materials using the university's online application tool at: Please note that any hardcopy materials sent in will not be returned. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Appointments are expected to begin January 1, 2025. 

Required application materials: (to be submitted digitally) 
  • 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 
  • We ask applicants for all faculty positions to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current, or future) to fostering learning, research service, and/or outreach in a diverse community. 
Applicants may choose to submit a stand-alone statement or embed the information in other parts of their application materials. 

For questions and additional information, please contact: 
Department Chair 
Department of Art 

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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.

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
Department of Art
224 Tjaden Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853