Dr. Colleen McLinn
Phone: (607) 255-2030
Address: 325 Caldwell Hall
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. As Executive Director for 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 40 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.
Professional Development Program Assistant
Address: 384 Caldwell Hall
Dr. Kimberly Williams
Teaching as Research Mentor (until 2020)
Dr. Kimberly Williams was until recently a Teaching Support Specialist for Future Faculty and Academic Careers, with a part-time appointment devoted to instruction and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs pursuing research into effective teaching and learning. She published a seminal book on the topic entitled, Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for College and University Faculty. With the Cornell Graduate School, she coordinated the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program edited a Classroom Research working paper series, and chaired the program of an annual conference for graduate students and postdocs to present their scholarship. Dr. Williams has spent over 25 years teaching and researching in higher education. She is the author of nine books and several articles on education-related topics. She has a Ph.D. in Foundations of Education and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. She can currently be reached at email@example.com.