Assistant Professor, Cornell University

14 September, 2015

Job Title: PMA - Assistant Professor

Job Description: Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks an assistant professor, with expertise either in the area of media/film production or in the area of dance/choreography, for a tenure-track position beginning July 1, 2016.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose work has a global focus or reach. Please note that the candidate must have either an MFA or Ph.D. officially awarded no later than July 1, 2016. The candidate needs to demonstrate excellence in only one of our target areas, media/film production or dance/choreography, not both.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative artist or artist-scholar with a wide range of interests. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students in our major and minor in Performing and Media Arts, which combines theory and practice in film, dance, theatre, performance, installation, devised work, and transmedia, increasingly in unusual and experimental ways.  Courses – which would uphold and challenge training traditions in a range of media/film production or dance techniques, respectively – would be determined by departmental needs and the candidate’s particular area(s) of expertise; the successful candidate will teach two courses each semester, participate in the department’s production work as either a filmmaker and instructor of filmmaking or as a choreographer, and pursue a professional career beyond Cornell.  We are interested in recruiting candidates who have demonstrated an ongoing, successful engagement with the highest standards of scholarship or creative activity, consistent with the expectations for excellence in a Research I university.  Our Department is committed to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to:  Candidates holding the Ph.D. should submit a dissertation abstract and a scholarly writing sample of approximately 20-25 pages. All candidates should additionally submit a sample of artistic work (url links preferred), and they are encouraged also to produce a statement  1) summarizing their artistic vision and teaching philosophy within an undergraduate liberal arts environment and  2) describing how their professional artistic and/or scholarly work may contribute to their future candidacy for tenure. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015.  Complete applications must be received no later than November 15, 2015.  


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