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
Katherine McComas, co-chair Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs and Professor, Department of Communication College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Gerard Aching, co-chair Professor of Africana and Romance Studies, and Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Romance Studies The College of Arts & Sciences
Ellen Avril Interim Codirector, Chief Curator and Curator of Asian Art Johnson Museum of Art
Debra Castillo Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor Comparative Literature The College of Arts & Sciences
Nishi Dhupa Executive Director Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Kieran Donaghy Professor City & Regional Planning Cornell Architecture Art Planning
Christopher Dunn E.N. Wilds Director Cornell Botanic Gardens
John Fitzpatrick Louis Agassiz Fuertes Executive Director The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Michael Goldstein Associate Professor The Department of Psychology The College of Arts & Sciences
Peter Gould Interim Codirector, Deputy Director and Director of Finance and Administration Johnson Museum of Art
Marianne Krasny Professor and Director of Civic Ecology Lab Department of Natural Resources College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bruce Levitt Professor Department of Performing and Media Arts The College of Arts & Sciences
Joe Margulies Professor of Law and Government Cornell Law School
Richard Miller Professor and Director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life Sage School of Philosophy The College of Arts & Sciences
David Pelletier Professor Nutritional Sciences College of Human Ecology
Scott Peters Professor Developmental Sociology The College of Arts & Sciences
Lois Pollack Professor and Director, Department of Applied and Engineering Physics College of Engineering
Basil Safi Executive Director Office of Engagement Initiatives
Krista Saleet Director Cornell Public Service Center
Melissa Shaffmaster Senior Director of Strategic Communications
Gary Stewart Associate Vice President Cornell University Community Relations
Steve Strogatz Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow Department of Mathematics The College of Arts & Sciences
Chris Watkins Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bob Weiss Professor of Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Department of Biomedical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine
Max Zhang Associate Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering College of Engineering