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A strong passion for teaching

  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Dairy

Quinn Kolar ’15 joined the Department of Animal Science in Fall 2023 as the Dairy Fellows Alumni Senior Lecturer in Dairy Herd Management. We sat down with her for a chat about her interests and goals.

What’s your academic focus?

I’ll be teaching ANSC 2500: Dairy Cattle Principles, which is offered in the fall semester. I’ll also be teaching the Junior Dairy Fellows class, which is offered to junior Animal Science students. My role is mostly focused on teaching, with some extension where I’ll be working with dairy farmers around the state.

What brought you to Cornell?

I grew up in metro Detroit and come from a family that encouraged me to have a strong interest and passion for dairy production. My grandparents grew up on dairy farms, and my parents had an interest in agriculture.

I attended Cornell, majoring in Animal Science and International Agriculture with a minor in South Asian Studies. After graduation, I worked in the dairy industry. I had service jobs in milk production and was an animal science consultant in Scotland. After finishing graduate research and my PhD, which focused on mastitis and milk quality, I was offered a position at Cornell in the Animal Science department. It’s a full circle moment, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be back!

What do you like to do outside of teaching?

I love camping, hiking, gardening and reading! My goal is to visit all the national parks with my husband.

What are you excited for in your first year as a professor?

I can’t wait to work with our amazing students! I have a strong passion for teaching, and I love seeing students’ joy and energy. It’s great to witness a “lightbulb moment,” and being part of that process as an instructor is rewarding. I also am excited to integrate concepts students have learned into a management course and to reinforce concepts through labs and hands-on work in this course.

What do you think is important for people to know about the animal science field?

Everyone in this field cares deeply about the lives and welfare of animals. While biology and management are critical, the discipline is innovative and evolving. Collaboration is also key. Animal scientists work with other researchers, industry experts and farmers to improve the lives of animals and humans.

Everyone in this field cares deeply about the lives and welfare of animals.

What advice would you give to current and prospective students?

I feel there is something magical about the Cornell community. Everyone is engaged here and works hard to be their very best. There is truly something here for everyone, and I encourage current and prospective students to work their hardest to find their niche and their passions.

Caroline Stamm ’24 is an animal science major and student writer for the Cornell CALS Department of Animal Science.

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