Advisory Board

Starting in 2019, the Cornell Graduate School formed a new cross-disciplinary advisory board to guide multiple of its professional development programs. The information below is a record of past CIRTL at Cornell advisory board membership and structure. For more information, Contact Us.

The CIRTL at Cornell Advisory Board provides general counsel on needs assessment, program development and delivery, and evaluative feedback to guide CIRTL activities and programs in pursuit of its mission. The Board provides guidance and recommendations to the Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell, and ultimately to the Dean of the Graduate School. The Board meets at least twice per academic year, once per semester. Faculty/staff board members are appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School for two-year renewable terms. Student/postdoc members are appointed for renewable annual terms.

Advisory Board Charge (through 2017)

  • Reflect the needs and interests of faculty, staff, students, and postdocs related to the mission of CIRTL to prepare students and postdocs for the future professoriate.
  • Provide CIRTL at Cornell leadership with a faculty/student/staff perspective on program effectiveness, relevance, and future direction.
  • Assist the CIRTL Executive Director in recruiting students, postdocs, staff, and faculty to participate in CIRTL at Cornell activities, including seminars, workshops, symposia, and other programs, as participants and presenters.
  • Promote CIRTL at Cornell activities across campus, increasing visibility of CIRTL programs and promoting wide participation.

Advisory Board Membership (through 2017)

Susan Henry, Dean Emerita of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics (co-chair and co-PI, 2012-2016)

Jed Sparks, Director, Office of Undergraduate Biology, and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (co-chair and co-PI, 2012-2016)

Shorna Allred, Associate Professor of Natural Resources, and Associate Director of the Human Dimensions Research Unit, 2014-2016

Avery August, Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2014-2016

Brian J. Smith, Postdoctoral Associate, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, 2014-2016

Allison Tracy, Graduate Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2012-2016

Nancy Wells, Associate Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis, 2015-2017

Susi Varvayanis, Executive Director of Careers Beyond Academia (formerly Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training), 2014-2016

Alan Zehnder, Associate Dean of Engineering Diversity Programs, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2014-2016

Ex Officio Board Members

Barbara Knuth, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Natural Resource Policy, and Institutional Leader of CIRTL at Cornell

Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell and Administrative Co-Leader

Theresa Pettit, Past Director, Center for Teaching Excellence (2012-2017)

Jessica Metzler, Teaching Support Specialist, Center for Teaching Excellence (2012-2013)

Prior Advisory Board Members (2012-2016)

Eric Baumer, Postdoctoral Associate, Communication and Information Science, 2012-2014

Robin Bjorkquist, Graduate Student, Physics, 2013-2015

Francis DiSalvo, Director of Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and John A. Newman Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, 2012-2014

Laura Harrington, Professor and Chair of Entomology, and Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, 2012-2015

Lincoln Larson, Postdoctoral Associate, Natural Resources and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2012-2014

Travis Park, Director of Cornell Center for Teacher Education, and Associate Professor of Horticulture, 2012-2013

Katrina Porter, Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Ecology, 2014-2015

Mark Roberson, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2012-2014

Chris Schaffer, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, 2013-2015

Lisa Schneider-Bentley, Director of Engineering Learning Initiatives, 2012-2014

Lauren Schnabel, Graduate Student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, DACVS, 2012-2013

Laurel Southard, Director of Undergraduate Research, and Director of Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, 2012-2015

Maria Terrell, Director of Teaching Assistant Programs, and Senior Lecturer of Mathematics, 2012-2015

Linda Tompkins, Associate Director of Engineering Learning Initiatives, 2014-2016

Mariana Wolfner, Professor of Developmental Biology, and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, 2012-2015

Kelly Zamudio, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Faculty Curator of Herpetology, 2012-2014