Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Position ID:Cornell-Einaudi-DIR [#12256]
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Social Sciences
International Relations
International and Area Studies
International Studies
Appl Deadline: finished (accepting applications 2018/10/04, finished 2019/06/09)
Position Description:    

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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 to harness resources to position Cornell at the forefront of global research and education.

As both a land-grant institution and a privately endowed member of the Ivy League, 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, bulletins, and books; and brings together scholars from many disciplines to address complex global issues.

Position summary:
The Einaudi Center 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 Center and the home department. As director, the successful candidate will report to the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic and experienced academic leader working on issues with global implications, with a commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration and a successful track record in fundraising or a willingness to develop those skills.

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 working groups, public programming, grant and fellowship programs, graduate student training, and other initiatives.
  • Supervises senior staff at the center.
  • 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, 2019
Rank: Associate or Full Professor (tenure track)
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with background and experience

Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest, CV, and three names of senior scholars who could be contacted for recommendations by applying via

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018. Any questions specifically regarding the job position should be directed to the Vice Provost for International Affairs at

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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Cornell University
170 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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