Outdoor headshot of Colleen McLinn in short sleeved jacketDr. Colleen McLinn

Phone: (607) 255-2030
Address: 143 Caldwell Hall

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Associate Dean for Professional Development Colleen McLinn directs Future Faculty and Academic Careers programs, a Cornell University Graduate School initiative involving collaboration with the Center for Teaching Innovation and other units serving graduate students and postdocs. Leading Future Faculty and Academic Careers programs at Cornell, she prepares graduate students and postdocs for successful academic careers through development of teaching, research mentorship and other key skills. She coordinates Cornell’s participation in the CIRTL Network, a group of 43 research universities collaboratively offering workshops and courses on academic career preparation topics and three important themes for higher education: teaching as research, learning communities, and learning through diversity.

Colleen’s interests include helping graduate students and postdocs gain experience with strategies for innovative and evidence-based teaching and mentoring, and contributing to projects that diversify the professoriate. She teaches classes and workshops for the CIRTL Network and Cornell University audiences, including ALS 6014: Theater Techniques for Advancing Teaching and Public Speaking. She is also a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate grant project (Award No. 1647094). Until Fall 2020, she served on and chaired the CIRTL Cross-Network Operations Group, which is responsible for all Network programming aimed at graduate students and postdocs. Dr. McLinn received a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from University of Minnesota and previously served as an extension associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where she developed online and print curriculum materials and played a leadership role in grant-funded science education efforts.

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Phone: (607) 255-6741
Address: 143 Caldwell Hall

Sarah Day is the Professional Development Program Coordinator and Graduate School Assistant, supporting Future Faculty and Academic Careers, Careers Beyond Academia, the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, Academic and Student Affairs Programming, and collaboratively supporting other Graduate School-wide events and initiatives relating to Assessment and the Office of the Dean.


Dr. Evelyn Ambriz

Address: 325 Caldwell Hall

Postdoctoral Researcher Evelyn Ambriz joined the Graduate School in May 2022 to focus on development and piloting of an inclusive mentorship curriculum for early-career faculty working with graduate student advisees and mentees, a collaborative effort with the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement. Dr. Ambriz’s research profile

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