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Katherine McComas

Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs

Katherine McComas is the vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs at Cornell University and a professor in the Department of Communication in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Katherine McComas
Katherine McComas

McComas is the academic lead for the universitywide Engaged Cornell initiative, advocates for Cornell’s role as the land-grant university for New York state, monitors and collaborates on responses to the governor’s initiatives in higher education and economic development, and represents the university’s four contract colleges in dealings with the State University of New York. Her office supports the broader land-grant mission of the university in all Cornell schools and colleges. The ROTC programs on campus, the Cornell Prison Education Program and the Office of Engagement Initiatives report through Dr. McComas to the Provost. She co-chairs or charges public engagement–related committees, including the Public and Global Working Group, the Public Engagement Council, the Leadership Committee on Extension and Outreach, and the K-12 Working Group.

McComas received a Ph.D. in communication from Cornell, an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a B.J. in Advertising and B.A. in French from the University of Missouri. She joined Cornell’s faculty in 2003 and served as chair of the Department of Communication from 2013 to 2017. Her research program focuses on risk communication, examining how the ways we communicate about health and environmental risks influence people’s attitudes and behaviors. She also investigates motivations and barriers that impede or facilitate effective public engagement across a variety of decision making contexts. Her appointment as vice provost for engagement and land-grant affairs started on July 1, 2018.

Contact Information:
Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs
449 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
Tel: 607-255-9970
Fax: 607-255-0134
Email: Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs