The College of Human Ecology has launched a faculty cohort hire to advance scholarship and practice addressing social justice, centering it as a critical area of expertise and strength throughout the College. This initiative is part of a comprehensive and collaborative college-wide effort to bring together a cohort of scholars who are committed to studying race, ethnicity, and the nature, persistence, and consequences of inequality.

The College of Human Ecology embraces interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration in our five academic units: Design + Environmental Analysis, Division of Nutritional Science, Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Human Development, and Policy Analysis and Management. All five academic units are launching searches that support the college-wide goals of linking scholarship to societal impact. It is expected that all faculty members brought in under the cohort hire will contribute to research, teaching and advising in an area of inquiry that advances scholarship and practice to address social justice.

Cornell University’s unique environment directly fosters cross-college collaborations through existing and new structures; for example, the Division of Nutritional Sciences is a joint unit with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the departments of Human Development and Policy Analysis and Management are part of new disciplinary super-departments with the College of Arts and Sciences. This diversity in scholarship and methodologies brings together perspectives on research, teaching, and community engagement for translation into high-impact real-world solutions.



Each department has its own search committee. Please apply to the one department that best fits your scholarship. Even though an application will only be considered by one department, there will be ongoing communication and coordination across committees. For that reason, please indicate if your scholarship will also fit with other departments in the college. The title of each department below hyperlinks to a detailed ad.

Design + Environmental Analysis (Rolling deadline until filled)

D+EA is a multidisciplinary department composed of designers, environmental psychologists, and human factors researchers deeply committed to enhancing quality of life through human-centered design and research. The successful candidate will conduct scholarly research on the physical environment in the context of equity, inclusion and social justice. Potential topics include: mental or physical health inequalities and the built environment; institutional or residential design for underrepresented populations; design for vulnerable populations, design in support of more just and equitable places and organizations; design for diverse persons and communities, and design and planning for the health of diverse communities.

Division of Nutritional Sciences (Position posting expected in February 2021)

DNS is among the largest academic units in the United States devoted to human nutrition and is distinguished by its multi‐disciplinary faculty. This position is part of a cluster hire in Nutrition and Health Inequalities. The cluster of positions within the Division of Nutritional Sciences recognizes and highlights the key role of nutrition and health inequalities today and the importance of the relationship of factors in the social, cultural, economic, physical, policy, and information/technology environments to the health and nutritional well-being of human populations. An interest in advancing the understanding of the connection between nutrition and human health in populations, in the broadest sense, should be central to the candidate's research program.

Fiber Science & Apparel Design (Rolling deadline until filled)

FSAD consists of a multidisciplinary faculty spanning fashion design, anthropology, anthropometrics, chemistry, materials engineering, textile science, and business.  The Department has strong ties with schools and departments across Cornell, and faculty collaborate with other fields including Art History, Architecture Art and Planning, Industrial and Labor Relations, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Human Development, Computer Science and other disciplines. FSAD seeks candidates focused on racial and social justice issues in the fashion, apparel and textile industries. Topics may include impacts of diverse perspectives or lack of diverse perspectives, cultural appropriation, discrimination and representation in the industry including areas of fashion design, employment/human resources, supply chain, retail environment, working conditions/labor, media and marketing.

Human Development (Rolling deadline until filled)

HD provides a strong foundation in interdisciplinarity, lifespan perspective, and integrative basic and translational research. HD faculty represent the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and political science, and many faculty members are also trained outside their primary disciplines such as in anthropology, economics, gerontology, education, neuroscience, data science, law, and clinical science. Successful candidates will join a newly created cross-college Department of Psychology that brings together HD with the current Psychology Department. HD seeks candidates who broadly study the significance of race, ethnicity, and culture and encourage those interested in building on themes of strategic interest to the college, such as childhood poverty, aging & health, structural inequalities in the law.

Policy Analysis and Management (Closed)

PAM applies social science theories and state-of-the-art data analysis to answer important policy questions confronting our nation and the world. Our multidisciplinary faculty do research broadly in: family and social welfare, health, and consumer policy. PAM is currently interviewing candidates working on race and public policy, broadly conceived to include research on racial inequality.



Cornell University is a Land Grant research and teaching institution established in 1865 with both endowed and state‐supported colleges. A host of academic units and research centers at Cornell University and within the College of Human Ecology provide intellectual leadership, research infrastructure, and support relevant to this initiative.

Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

Center for the Study of Inequality

Cornell Center for Health Equity

Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability

Cornell Center for Social Sciences

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Cornell Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility

Cornell Population Center

Engaged Cornell – Office of Engagement Initiatives

Human Metabolic Research Unit

Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities

Program on Applied Demographics


Faculty Development

Cornell university also offers professional development and community building events to faculty throughout their careers. The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity brings together groups based on common interest and experiences, particularly faculty underrepresented in their fields, to create peer mentoring opportunities across the Cornell disciplines and colleges.

Symposium title for research with a public purpose

January 15, 2021 Symposium—Research with a Public Purpose: What I've Learned, and What I Wish I knew

The symposium was recorded
Description: Many faculty seek to enhance their research by working in partnership with communities, at the local, state, national, or global level. Research-practice partnerships are rewarding, innovative and impactful but can also be challenging. In this symposium, you hear from three faculty experts who have built strong and meaningful research-practice partnerships. They share some of the key elements of successful partnerships, as well as what they wish they had known going into this work. Opening remarks are provided by Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, which supports universities in building research-practice partnerships that reduce inequality in youth outcomes.


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