Faculty expansion

Every year brings new faces to the faculty. Recently, though, new school years haven’t just come with new faces—they’ve come with more faces.

In just the past two school years, Cornell has added positions in art history (Sarah Clunis), psychology (Melinda Green), theatre (James Van Valen), and biochemistry and molecular biology (Brian Nowak-Thompson).

Those positions, plus current searches for faculty in cultural anthropology, classics, and politics—all planned to be filled by 2009—would expand the faculty by seven positions in just three years, bringing the total tenure-track faculty to 84.

But we may not quite be done. Mathematics hopes to expand by another member by 2010, while history (Asian studies), Latin American studies/Spanish, and philosophy (ethics) are all currently on the radar screen.