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By Ashlee McGandy
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  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Department of Global Development
  • Department of Communication
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Landscape Architecture

A total of 20 faculty members from eight colleges have been named Engaged Faculty Fellows, committed to advancing community-engaged learning and scholarship at Cornell and within their academic disciplines.

The program is offered through the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI). Nearly 100 faculty members have become fellows since the program launched in 2013.

“This year, more than ever, we are craving a community of peers to help us grapple with the challenges of COVID-19 and pivoting our partnerships toward online engagement,” said Anna Sims Bartel, associate director of community-engaged curricula and practice in OEI.

“The fellows come with all kinds of interests and experience, focusing on a common goal of enhancing community-engaged learning for student and community impact. I’m excited to work with them.”

During the yearlong cohort program, participants work in one of two communities of practice: Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning focus on designing, refining and enhancing engaged courses and curricula; Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship develop products of their public work, including pieces for academic publication, conference presentations, op-eds and manuals.

Each cohort explores theories and practices of community-engaged learning; meets monthly to discuss readings, projects and challenges; and expands the idea of what it means to teach and conduct research at Cornell, with community partners.

Amy Newman, senior lecturer in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is the faculty co-lead for the Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning cohort, facilitating the program with Bartel. Rebecca Brenner, lecturer at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, is faculty co-lead for the Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship.

The new Engaged Faculty Fellows are collaborating with community partners from across the U.S. and around the world, addressing such projects as science communication through stand-up comedy, grant-writing for rural K-12 schools, developing a moral psychology minor at Cornell and designing accessible and safe self-checkout machines.

2020-21 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Learning:

2020-21 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship:

Ashlee McGandy is the content strategist in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

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