Faculty Hiring

Position Announcement

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professors
and Professors of Practice (non-tenured, renewable term)

The Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (D+EA) at Cornell University is a uniquely multi-disciplinary department, composed of designers, environmental psychologists, and technologists who are deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life through a human-centered approach to design and research. D+EA addresses problems and opportunities from a systems view – people, products, processes, and places – to create strategic, sustainable, and healthy futures by design. Given its systems view, D+EA is characterized by strong faculty collaboration and interactions both within the department and across the university.

Due to a number of retirements of long-standing faculty members, D+EA is seeking to hire Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professors as well as a Professor of Practice (with a starting date of July 2018) related to our core strengths of Design Strategy and Innovation, Sustainable Futures, and Health and Well-being.

Applicants’ areas of expertise might include:

  • Design for Interaction--improving and augmenting the interactions across systems of people, places, and things through design, and recognizing that the strategic process of design impacts individuals and organizations.

  • Design for Sustainability and Resilience--integrating the needs of societies and the integrity of nature, while enhancing quality-of-life and social equity through design. Design for Sustainability and Resilience redefines interactions between people and the environment as well as between built and natural environments.

  • Interior Design--using design history, theory, and criticism to examine the meaning of form and objects, spaces and interior environments as a material expression of society, advancing design across disciplinary boundaries to fuse leadership skills in creative problem-solving, and engaging interior design as both process and product for accommodating specialized needs.

  • Emerging Technologies for Design--developing, testing, and understanding the place of new technologies in creative processes, practices, and design outputs (materials, systems, tools, and means of fabrication and manufacturing). Emerging Technologies for Design strives to establish new relationships between people and technology that may help us better understand ourselves.

Tenure-Track Positions (apply)

New tenure-track Assistant/Associate professors are expected to develop an externally-funded research program of international distinction. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses based on department needs, advising our B.S., M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. students, and providing service to the department and university community. Preference is given to applicants with a completed Ph.D., but applicants with a terminal Masters degree with a record of significant research accomplishment will be considered. Preference is given to applicants who have earned one design-focused degree (e.g., in interaction design, user experience design, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, design communication, architecture, or media arts) with a human-centered design focus.

Professor of Practice (apply)

Professors of Practice (non-tenured, renewable term) are distinguished and highly experienced individuals in a relevant field of professional design practice who can provide effective, practice-oriented instruction. Responsibilities include teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students based on department needs, and providing service to the department and university community. Applicants are expected to have earned a Masters degree and at least one design-focused degree where there is a human-centered design orientation. Appointments between 50% (e.g. alternative-semester commitment) and 100% will be considered to accommodate the demands of professional practice.

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted through January 24, 2018. We are seeking evidence of excellence and innovation in design with a human-centered orientation.
Please submit online (using the links above): a cover letter, CV, at least 3 confidential letters of recommendation (uploaded by their authors), selected publications, a portfolio of professional/creative work and design research), and evidence of teaching excellence. If the portfolio and teaching examples are posted on the Internet, please include a link (URL) to it in your cover letter and CV; otherwise, these documents can be uploaded to the online site (but combined application uploads must be less than 8MB).

For more information, please contact Gretchen Strong, gms264@cornell.edu

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. Located in Ithaca, New York in the Finger Lakes region, the Cornell campus is a short walk to a vibrant downtown surrounded by 150 waterfalls and several state parks. Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell NYC Tech campus soon to open on Roosevelt Island, New York City. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of the heritage of Cornell University, founded on the mandate, “any person, any study.” Cornell University is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


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