My efforts at Cornell are centered on teaching and education. My seventeen years teaching agriculture at the secondary school level informs much of what I do. As a member of the Horticulture Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) I work at staying connected to my agricultural roots and contribute as an advisor to many Agriculture Science undergraduates and offer coursework in Extension and Outreach Methods (EDUC 3310). I also facilitate the Cornell component of the Ithaca College MAT in Agriculture Education through coursework and supervision of student teachers.
My current research project during the summer months is discovering the variations in emergency preparedness as it relates to community resiliency in the upstate counties of New York. Interviews with members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee will be analyzed to identify strengths and weaknesses in communication from community members to state agencies.
Outreach and Extension Focus
I am actively involved in the Agricultural Outreach and Education program housed at Cornell that supports the NY Agricultural Education teachers and their students state wide. I advise the Collegiate FFA and am Alumni President of the Cornell Chapter of Alpha Zeta, the co-education agricultural fraternity on campus. I am asked to present to student and professional organizations across campus about aspects of curriculum development and lesson planning each semester.
My teaching is focused on the application of theory into community and school organizations. The Art of Teaching (EDUC 2410) is a survey course that serves students across the University as a gateway into the Education Minor and an introduction into the many facets of formal and non-formal education. I continue to work with agriculture educators across the state and support student knowledge of that through Youth Organizations and Leadership (EDUC 3350), Outreach, Extension and Instruction (EDUC 3510), and Program Planning (EDUC 3320).