Dean of the School of Public Policy
Cornell University
United States

Dean of the School of Public Policy

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell University seeks a bold and visionary leader, one who is both an outstanding scholar and has a committed record of engagement with policy, to serve as the inaugural dean of the new Cornell School of Public Policy.

In these unprecedented times, informed, thoughtful, and effective public policy is essential for solving the world’s biggest challenges. In areas from race, inequality, health, and technology to climate change, migration, and national security, we see how important government decisions—and the social, political, and economic processes that shape them—are for impacting people’s lives. The Cornell School of Public Policy will bring the expertise of Cornell faculty across the University to bear on these and other policy issues that confront our world. It will do this by training undergraduate, professional, and doctoral students, producing cutting-edge research, and engaging with policy leaders in Albany, New York City, Washington, and around the world.

Following from Cornell’s status as both an Ivy League university and the land-grant university for the state of New York, the School of Public Policy’s mission will be to enhance the impact and visibility of the University’s world-class programs and research. The School of Public Policy will be grounded in the combination of disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary innovation that is the hallmark of Cornell. Rooted in Ezra Cornell’s ideal of founding an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study”, the School of Public Policy will also have a core commitment to advancing goals of enhancing equity, combating structural racism, and creating an inclusive learning and working environment.

The Cornell School of Public Policy will launch on July 1, 2021. The inaugural dean will bring a clear vision of how to support the academic excellence of the programs incorporated in the School and how to weave this new School of Public Policy into the rich fabric of Cornell’s landscape, connecting it to the many strong areas of policy work that already exist across the University. Drawing on Cornell’s longstanding tradition of faculty governance, the inaugural dean will work together with Cornell’s existing policy faculty to grow the School of Public Policy. In addition to launching new educational programs and strengthening Cornell’s policy footprint around the world, the dean will also take the lead in shaping the School of Public Policy through new faculty hiring and appointments.


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In keeping with Cornell University’s commitment to building a culturally-diverse community, nominations of and applications from women and other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Nominations and applications will be kept strictly confidential. Applications should include a statement of interest and curriculum vitae. Send materials to:

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, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

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