Faculty Senate-At-Large Candidate Profiles - Spring 2019
- 3 RTE seats; 3-year term
Rhonda Gilmore, Sr. Lecturer
As a professional designer, Rhonda Gilmore worked in the field of architecture in Chicago, London, and Michigan then ran her own design consultant business for seven years. She came to academia intentionally after establishing her professional career, as this experience has informed her teaching career at Cornell for the past 25 years. While a senior lecturer in the Department of Design+Environmental Analysis, she has taught design studios, lectured on sustainable materials for the built environment, established DEA's Summer College design immersion for high school students, and received the Stephen H. Weiss Provost's Teaching Fellowship Award in 2018.
Serving the greater Cornell community is a form of stewardship, a commitment that I believe brings many opportunities for improving the academic and student life at this institution. I have been invested in the productivity of the Senate for a number of years and now would like the chance to formally participate as an RTE at-large Senator, a new designation that brings new voices to this governing body. As a member of the Committee for Consensual Relations policy, I grew to better understand how diverse opinions can create improved and meaningful protocols that benefit the lives of all our stakeholders in education here at Cornell. Moving forward, I hope to continue working on policies that build an improved and salient culture of collaboration and I believe the work of the Senate can make a difference in the daily lives of all faculty, staff and students.
Bruce Lauber, Sr. Research Associate
Dr. Bruce Lauber is the Director of the Cornell Center for Conservation Social Sciences and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Natural Resources. The faculty, staff, and graduate students of the Center for Conservation Social Sciences (formerly the Human Dimensions Research Unit) work to expand understanding of the interactions of social and ecological systems and apply theory and empirical findings to real-world contemporary problems. Lauber’s research focuses on invasive species management, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, and risk management and communication in fisheries and wildlife management. He teaches courses in environmental planning and environmental policy in the Environmental and Sustainability Sciences program and is a member of the Graduate Field of Natural Resources.
I was a member of the Committee on Academic Title-Holder Representation. We had a series of discussions over a year about the opportunities and challenges involved in the research/teaching/extension faculty participating in the Faculty Senate. I think this background would help me participate effectively and represent the perspectives of research/teaching/extension faculty.