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Public Engagement Council

To support Cornell’s strategic goal of “Excellence in Public Engagement,” the Provost established a campus-wide Public Engagement Council comprised of senior staff and tenured faculty. The Council is co-chaired by the Vice Provost and the Provost’s Fellows for Public Engagement and is advisory to the Vice Provost and Provost.

The Council’s charges include:

  1. the continued articulation and assessment of a contemporary vision for public engagement that builds on Cornell’s strengths and on knowledge with a public purpose
  2. the enhancement of relationships that support university-wide collaboration on publicly engaged research, teaching, and service
  3. the promotion of public engagement at Cornell in ways that fulfill our land grant mission to New York State

The commitment would be for two academic years beginning this fall and will not entail more than two meetings per academic year. Voluntary subcommittees will be formed to work on projects related to these charges.

Public Engagement Council:

Name Title Field Affiliation
Richard Miller Wyn and William Y. Hutchinson Professor in Ethics and Public Life; Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life Philosophy Arts & Sciences
Mike Goldstein Associate Professor of Psychology; Director of B.A.B.Y. Lab Psychology Arts & Sciences
Lois Pollack Professor and Director Applied & Engineering Physics Engineering
Steve Strogatz Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow Math Arts & Sciences
Kieran Donaghy Professor City & Regional Planning Architecture, Art, and Planning
Chris Watkins Professor and Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agriculture and Life Sciences
Renee Farkas Interim Director Public Service Center Student and Campus Life
Basil Safi Executive Director Office of Engagement Initiatives Vice Provost’s Office
Gary Stewart Associate Vice President Community Relations University Relations
Nishi Dhupa Executive Director Vice Provost of International Affairs
Stephanie Wiles Director Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Christopher Dunn E.N. Wilds Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens Cornell Botanic Gardens
Judy Appleton as co-chair Vice Provost and Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Immunology Veterinary Medicine
Diane Burton Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement and Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies Industrial Labor Relations
Gerard Aching Provost’s Fellow for Public Engagement, Professor of Africana and Romance Studies, and Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Romance Studies Arts & Sciences