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Faculty for the Future

Eight of Cornell’s graduate engineering fields, three computer science specialties and five other science areas were ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News and World Reports’ 2015 “Best Graduate Schools,” released March 11. In a special category, Cornell Law School earned the top spot for its diverse student body.

Topping the engineering categories was biological/agricultural at No. 4, followed by materials (6), industrial/manufacturing/systems (7), computer (8), mechanical (8), civil (9), aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (9) and electrical/electronic/communications (10). The university’s overall engineering ranking remained at No. 13. Three other engineering areas were in the top 20: environmental/environmental health engineering (11), biomedical engineering/bioengineering (15) and chemical (18).

“Cornell is one of the top faculty-producing research institutions in the country and a top source of experts and innovators in industry, business, government and nonprofit positions. Today’s U.S. News and World Report rankings are evidence of the breadth of Cornell’s system of graduate education and a testament to the excellence of our faculty and students,” said Barbara Knuth, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. (Read more.)

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Message from the Provost

Cornell faces a remarkable opportunity to secure new faculty members. During the next ten years, more than half of our distinguished faculty members will reach emeritus status. Cornell will need to hire 800 professors, a hiring rate that will not occur again in our lifetimes.

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Our Vision

Because of the critical need to renew faculty ranks, faculty excellence is the top priority of Cornell’s Strategic Plan. Fully engaged in the process of discovery, Cornell’s faculty does pioneering research that influences numerous areas of knowledge. In an unusually collaborative culture, faculty members often work in multidisciplinary teams across departments, colleges, and schools. Accessible and dedicated teachers, they provide insight and inspiration that change students’ lives.

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Our Plan

Our Plan for Faculty Renewal

The university has established a $100 million Cornell Faculty Renewal Fund to hire as many as 100 new faculty members per year for the next five yearsa rate unprecedented at Cornell. New faculty will be hired in areas that are determined to be important academic disciplines now and in the years to come.

Our Plan for Faculty Diversity

Faculty turnover represents a historic opportunity to accelerate hiring that broadens diversity. With small-to-modest improvements in the gender diversity of faculty ranks during the past decade—roughly 27 percent of the faculty is female— we seek continued progress. We also seek greater progress in strengthening racial and ethnic diversity.

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Our Priorities

We seek to raise $50 million in support of faculty renewal and $20 million in support of faculty diversity across our colleges and professional schools.

Faculty Renewal: To honor Cornell’s 150th anniversary in 2015 the university has announced a $50 million Faculty Renewal Sesquicentennial Challenge. The challenge will match multi-year gift commitments of  $500,000 on a $1 for $1 basis. A gift of $500,000 ($100,000 per year for five years), for example, will leverage an additional $500,000 in faculty renewal matching funds, and the donor will receive gift credit of $1 million dollars.

Faculty Diversity: Current-use funds will assist with spouse support or other ways that can help the university to improve the gender and racial/ethnic composition of Cornell’s faculty as a new generation of teachers, researchers, and academic innovators is recruited.

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We’re engaging the idea of nano and investigating scale as part of the value of art in performance.

–Beth Milles '88, Department of Performing and Media Arts

I am delighted to hear that Craig’s brilliant work at the intersection of physics and materials has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation.

–Lance Collins, Dean of the College of Engineering

I hope to assist in any way I can with the intellectual transition from home to college and to open students’ minds to ideas and careers they hadn’t considered.

–Sahara Byrne, Communications
It is one of the greatest challenges in healthcare to develop cutting edge technology that not only meets clinical needs but that can be incorporated with ease into patients’ lives.
–Tanzeem Choudhury, Information Science

This is being seen for the first time. Nobody else has seen this in the world.

–August Avery, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The creative energy in the room was almost palpable. I think this is what happens when we hear surprising and mind-opening perspectives from those in very different disciplines. 

–David Wolfe, Horticulture

The only way people learn is when their minds are occupied with a problem -- not listening to the problem but engaged in it.

–Jed Sparks, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The [Mellon] seminar allows me to be part of a sustained and vibrant intellectual community, thereby alleviating the sense of isolation that comes with relocation.

–Naminata Diabate, Mellon Diversity Fellow

"Our university is on the cusp of unprecedented change. In the next decade more than half of our most distinguished teachers and scholars will be moving to emeritus status. That means that Cornell will need to hire 800 new faculty members. That's a hiring rate that will never occur again in our lifetimes."

–W. Kent Fuchs, Provost
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Celebrate Faculty Excellence

Valerie Reyna discusses her research comparing decision making in intelligence agents and students in a June 13, 2013 …
How does the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrate one of its hottest holidays--the birthday of the beloved professor …
Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who served as NASA’s chief technologist from …
Olivier Desjardins, David Steurer, Ross Tate and Roseanna Zia have received NSF CAREER awards.
The chancellor of the National University of Ireland conferred an honorary doctor of science degree on J.C. Séamus Davis, …
Ehrenberg selected by higher education scholars for award
A new theory may be a step toward new, higher-temperature superconductors that would revolutionize electrical engineering …
For the first time, researchers have directly imaged deformations in silica glass and the resulting “dance” of rearranging …
Julius Lucks, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Marco Seandel, assistant professor of cell …
A hearty welcome to our new Arts and Sciences faculty members!
Please join us in welcoming a new cohort of faculty to the College.
Sheldon Brown ’68 and financial institutions CoBank and Farm Credit East have made a give to establish an agricultural …
Historic labor convention draws four from Worker Institute
Cornell in Rome visiting architecture critic Davide Marchetti and undergraduate Erin Pellegrino (B.Arch. ’14) won first …
ILR School assistant professor Eli Friedman has been named to the Apple Inc. Academic Advisory Board, to advise the …
A new five-year pilot project in the College of Arts and Sciences will help science professors teach students at Cornell …
Archives from the inventor of the Moog synthesizer have found a home at Cornell University Library.
Michael Dorf considers legal issues associated with asylum request.
Assistant Professor Mansfield researches labor markets and educational inequality
Professor Jeff Cowie's NY Times op-ed focuses on the future of fair labor in a new economy
On May 22, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 32 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school …
The Cornell Plantations’ Natural Areas program will be the recipient of the tenth annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental …
A Ptolemaic- era papyrus scroll once owned by A.D. White yields some intriguing secrets for modern scholars.
Cornell’s Blaschka sea life sculptures, some of which are on display online and at Mann Library, are the focus of a …
Historian Fredrik Logevall, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and director of the Mario Einaudi Center …
A $100 million federal research initiative aimed at revolutionizing understanding of the human brain received key …
Human development professor Qi Wang, who studies the influence of culture on social cognition, will receive the 2013 …
A local foundation recognizes three people, two of whom are Cornellians, for their influence in the profession.
Retiring Africana professor Robert L. Harris Jr. will be honored at a conference to be held at the Africana Studies and …
The search for peace is used as a means to defend the idea of war, vilify enemies or gain political points. But the …
Large inequalities of wealth and income, says Robert Hockett, lead in time to systemic instability.
Human development professor Elaine Wethington speaks about seniors' heightened vulnerability to natural disasters.
The Library is now helping researchers manage their research data and meet data management requirements of funding agencies
Cornell Higher Education Research Institute work expanded by Mellon grant
People with disabilities hard hit by government cuts, Ray Cebula says
Prof. Kyle Lancaster was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list in the Science and Healthcare fields for his work in …
Dean Stewart Schwab and alumnus Neil Getnick A.B. '75 J.D. '78 co-teach the course.
Recognized for their inspiring teaching of undergraduate students.
ILR teams with The Conference Board on the business case for employing workers with disabilities.
Maureen O’Hara recognized for her pioneering contributions to the field of market microstructure
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Faculty Renewal and Diversity

With so few available academic jobs, Cornell will start a NIH-funded pilot program to help train life sciences graduate …
Kimberlé Crenshaw '81, a professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, School of Law and Columbia Law and …
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which aims to boost the number of faculty members from groups …
Cornell has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to become one of three new University Centers of Exemplary …
ILR Diversity and Inclusion Programs discussed by director
Diversity MBA Prep, an online community that brings together women and minorities interested in pursuing MBA degrees, …
Facing the largest wave of retirements in its history, Cornell is aiming to hire about 67 new faculty a year through its …
Twenty students, faculty and staff members in Cornell's contract colleges have been named 2013 winners of State University …
Cornell professor N'Dri Assié-Lumumba has been elected vice president of the Comparative and International Education …
For four decades, Cornell science historian Margaret Rossiter has been researching, writing and publishing on the history …
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Assistant Professor of Operations Management Suk Y. Cha ’84 MBA …
George Mueller '54 has given the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences $500,000 to support the hiring of a faculty …
"What we're trying to do when we hire a junior faculty member, is to hire a future legend, someone we will look back at in …
A look at the man who revolutionized how mathematicians think about 3-dimensional shapes and spaces:
When Mary Beth Norton went to work at Cornell University in 1971, she was the history department's first female hire. But …
As Cornell braces to offset its largest wave of retirement in history, administrators warn that the lack of a mandated …
Administrators say they are prioritizing securing employment for the spouses and partners of new recruits.
The pre-eminence of our institution in the decades to come will be determined by the quality of the young faculty members …
With 35 new professors hired last year, a 7% increase for a faculty of 500, faculty renewal in the College of Arts and …
"I believe strongly that if you have an excellent faculty, everything else will follow."
Who will be the next Hans Bethe, A.R. Ammons or Barbara McClintock?
"Hiring new faculty is a clear sign that we are emerging healthier and better positioned for the future."
In the next decade, Cornell will target several departments to become world leaders, better connect its outreach to its …

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