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Information for Faculty Candidates

Thank you for considering Cornell University for your faculty career.

We seek faculty members committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, who will join our workforce, are ready to educate our diverse student body and who understand Cornell’s motto …”any person…any study.”

In 1868, Cornell’s founder stated “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” Over 150 years later, we still strive to welcome students from all walks of life, without regard to income, race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender or perceived physical disability, to the university.

We continue to hire and invest in faculty members who share our historical commitment to pursuing knowledge for any person in any study.

All applicants for tenure track and tenured faculty positions are asked to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and InclusionThe statement gives candidates an opportunity to describe how they currently or potentially promote diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research and service.


  • Creating programs that provide access and a pathway to higher education for groups traditionally underrepresented in a field or for those who have faced barriers; 
  • Enhancing the learning experience in the classroom, lab and field for all students through exposure to new perspectives on cultures, beliefs and practices;
  • Describing how the candidate's teaching engages or addresses barriers to full participation in the student educational experience;
  • Explaining how the candidate's research, scholarship or creative activities contribute to understanding the barriers experienced by marginalized groups;
  • Offering research opportunities for individuals historically excluded from disciplines on the basis of their background (demographic, socio-economic status, ability, etc.);
  • Mentoring and advising students and junior colleagues to enhance opportunities for underrepresented students and junior faculty to succeed in the academy; and
  • Committing to public engagement with organizations or community groups serving marginalized populations or extending opportunities to disadvantaged people

In general, strong statements share common attributes; the statement:

  • Articulates the candidate's understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (using data highlighting issues, such as mentoring or access, ability to describe challenges and barriers);
  • Demonstrates a track record on diversity, equity and inclusion matters throughout candidate's career as a student and educator (see examples above), and
  • Provides clear and concrete examples of how the candidate might approach the issue articulated at Cornell University.

In addition, the Rubric Assessing Candidate on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion helps analyze a strong vs. weak statement.

The search committee will likely ask candidates to share their experiences working on diversity, equity and inclusion issues. For example, during the interview you may be asked questions such as:

  • What experience have you had in creating inclusive learning environments? If you are a junior scholar, how would you create and inclusive learning environment?
  • How would you foster an inclusive community in your lab or with those involved in your research and/or scholarship?
  • How would you increase representation of students/faculty who are currently underrepresented (by gender, race, ethnicity, ability, etc.) in your field?

You may also be asked in a department talk to comment on your experience and commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.


Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672