Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Cornell University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Reporting to the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the director will provide leadership and direction for an established international studies center and, more generally, for the support and integration of international studies into the intellectual life of the university. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to develop a strategic vision and utilize and build resources to position Cornell at the forefront of global research and education.

As both a land-grant institution and a privately endowed university, Cornell has a founding responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to improve the quality of life in the state of New York, the nation, and the world.

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies was established in 1961 as the Cornell Center for International Studies. Its mission was to enhance Cornell's research and teaching about the world's regions, countries, cultures, and languages and to help prepare students and faculty to contribute in the international sphere. In 1990, it was named for its founding director, the political theorist Mario Einaudi.

Today, the center houses area studies and thematic programs; organizes workshops, conferences, and public events; provides grants, fellowships, and training to faculty and students; offers minors and other courses of study; publishes papers, briefs, and books; and brings together scholars from many disciplines to address complex global issues. The resources and opportunities for innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations across the center and the university are extensive.

Position summary

The Einaudi Center director is a 12-month dual appointment, reporting to the Vice Provost for International Affairs as the director of the center and as a tenured member of the Cornell faculty with responsibilities in an academic department. The director holds the John S. Knight endowed chair for the position term. The successful candidate will be appointed for five years with the potential for renewal, and will be a member of the faculty in one or more departments on the Ithaca campus. Responsibilities will be split 50/50 between the Einaudi Center and home department.

The ideal candidate will hold the highest graduate degree in their field and is a dynamic and experienced academic leader and world-renowned researcher working on issues with global implications. The candidate should have a successful track record in obtaining external funding, including grants and philanthropy. We will consider candidates with limited development experience who are eager to grow into donor and gift stewardship to build a sustainable future for the Einaudi Center.

Major responsibilities

Start date: July/August 2024 or as feasible
Rank: Associate or Full Professor (tenure track)
Salary: $123,905 - $300,000

Interested applicants should submit the following:

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Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the job position should be directed to the Vice Provost for International Affairs at