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Assistant and Associate Dean Responsibilities

January 2008

Bruce L. Akey, Assistant Dean for Diagnostic Operations
   Location: A3 210 AHDC     Email: bla7@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Valerie Kelly, vlk3@cornell.edu, 253-3782

Serve as Executive Director responsible for leadership and development of Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) operations.

  • Develop strategic plans to guide the operations of the AHDC
  • Operational management, oversight of programs and service units within the AHDC
  • Coordination of test method development and test validation efforts within the AHDC
  • Oversee the preparation and administration of budgets
  • Ensure that finances of all the programs and service units are administered in compliance with regulations and policies
  • Negotiate service fee subsidies
  • Coordinate detailed planning of the new building to house AHDC programs
  • Serve on the IT Prioritization Committee representing diagnostic services needs
  • Assist the Associate Dean for Public Policy in communications and coordination of activities of the AHDC with State and Federal agencies:
    • Communicate regularly with the NYS Veterinarian and USDA Area Veterinarian in Charge
    • Interact with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and NYS Department of Health
    • Interact with the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories for coordination of regulatory testing issues
    • Represent the AHDC at activities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)
  • Maintain accreditation and represent professional interests:
    • Represent the AHDC before the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
    • Maintain AAVLD accreditation
    • Implement and maintain a Quality Assurance system
    • Represent the AHDC before the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) or other similar organizations


Susan Fubini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
   Location: Dean's Suite, S2005 Schurman Hall     Email: slf3@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Jill Short, jms31@cornell.edu, 253-3472

Facilitate, advance and implement academic affairs.

  • Facilitate tenure and promotion decisions
  • Develop policies and consensus surrounding academic titles at the College, including articulated expectations for tenure and promotion
  • Serve as the College liaison with the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant
  • Create mechanisms and programs for faculty diversity and development in partnership with the department chairs and other related committees/groups regarding recruitment, retention and career development of faculty
  • Respond to a variety of institutional requests and annual reports for the Provost related to our efforts in faculty development, recruitment and diversity, and climate related issues, including dual career support, child care accommodations, etc.
  • Ensure career development and mentoring opportunities exist, particularly for probationary tenure-track faculty, explore and implement appropriate models with department chairs
  • Coordinate faculty compensation recommendations for new hires, merit programs and other recognition and reward programs to ensure equity and parity across scientific and clinical disciplines
  • Review offer letters to ensure appropriate start-up packages and the development of common templates for faculty position descriptions in hiring, standards for effort assignment in probationary track faculty
  • Coordinate faculty leaves (including sabbatical leave approvals, parental leaves, etc.) including retirement planning in coordination with the department chairs
  • Participate in CVM Advisory Council meetings and other special events as appropriate or required to represent the college to other external audiences such as SUNY representatives, corporate sponsors, stakeholders and government leaders
  • Work in close partnership with the other Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Directors to implement process improvements, planning and program decisions
  • Work in close collaboration with the CVM Office of Human Resources


Katherine Edmondson
, Assistant Dean for Learning and Instruction
   Location: S2012 Schurman Hall     Email: kme2@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Nicole Woodhull, nw34@cornell.edu, 253-3772

Provide support for the educational mission of the college as it pertains to the education of veterinary students. This includes the areas of:

Provide support for the faculty, including:

  • Faculty development activities
  • Consulting on matters related to teaching, learning, and curriculum design
  • Development of curriculum materials
  • Evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Oversight of educational facilities (classrooms, laboratories)
  • Educational computing and technologies

Provide administrative support to standing committees of the faculty: the Admissions Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

Responsible for annual College events and programs, including:

  • The Honor Banquet for the graduating class
  • The College's Hooding Ceremony
  • Reception following Commencement
  • New Student Orientation
  • The Career Connections Forum
  • The White Coat ceremony
  • Open House
  • Tutor Training Workshops


Joel Baines
, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
   Location: S2054 Schurman Hall     Email: jdb11@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Laura Mathews, lam78@cornell.edu, 253-3755


Kevin Mahaney
, Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs, Development and Communications
   Location: S2004 Schurman Hall     Email: km70@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Tracey Friedrichsen, tjc25@cornell.edu, 253-3779

Provide strategic leadership for Alumni Affairs, Development and Communications programs in support of the college's mission and priorities, including

  • Alumni Affairs and Development programs that increase participation, involvement and financial support for the college.
  • College-wide fund raising programs, including individual giving, Annual Fund, corporate and foundation support and planned giving.
  • Alumni Affairs and Development efforts involving prominent programs such as the Cornell Hospital for Animals, Baker Institute, and Feline Health Center.
  • Alumni Association and College Advisory Council.
  • Alumni and Development events and programs including Reunion, alumni and affiliate receptions, homecoming, faculty speakers, as well as fundraising and donor recognition events.
  • Coordination with university AA&D functions including alumni and donor records, gift management, acknowledgments, endowment reporting and donor stewardship.
  • College-wide communications, marketing, media relations and publications, including college magazine, annual report, CatWatch, DogWatch, and web content development.
  • Primary liaison with university divisions of Alumni Affairs and Development and Communications and Marketing, with reporting lines to the Dean of the College and the Director of College and Unit Alumni Affairs and Development.

Alfonso Torres, Associate Dean for Public Policy spacer
   Location: S2005 Schurman Hall     Email: at97@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Eileen M. Cunningham, emc62@cornell.edu, 253-3800

Government Relations

  • Coordination with Local, State and Federal legislative bodies and government agencies, except federal extramural granting agencies
  • Liaison with Cornell's Community and Government Relations offices
  • Liaison with AAVMC and AVMA in relation to legislative initiatives, public health programs and international programs
  • Liaison with State or National agricultural or animal health organizations

International Programs

  • Chair the Expanding Horizons faculty committee
  • Coordination with animal health international agencies
  • College representative to Cornell's International Studies Advisory Council (ISAC)
  • College coordinator for international agreements

Biosafety Programs

  • Supervise College's Biosafety Programs
  • Act as College's Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Serve on Cornell's Safety Health Environmental Risk Management (SHERM) Board

Special Projects

  • Evaluation of Public Health educational and research opportunities
  • Executive Sponsor for the Animal Health Diagnostic Center building
  • Member of the Executive Committee for a new Equine Drug Testing building


Lorin D. Warnick
, Hospital Director and Associate Dean for Veterinary Education
   Location: S2008 Schurman Hall     Email: ldw3@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Jill M. Short, jms31@cornell.edu, 253-3472

  • Promote educational programs, including the DVM curriculum, in these areas:
       Curricular content and organization
       Coordination of Curriculum and Syllabus committees
       Evaluation of courses and faculty teaching as it relates to curriculum development
       Curricular outcomes assessment
  • Review admissions policies
  • Oversee veterinary library
  • Continuing education


Paul J. Streeter
, Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration
   Location: S2008 Schurman Hall     Email: ps33@cornell.edu
   Assistant: Gwen Isham, gi10@cornell.edu, 253-3773

  • Chief Business Officer for the College
  • Provide leadership, oversight and executive staff expertise to the College and its' departments for      issues related to the management of: financial and human resources, equipment, facilities and the physical infrastructure, information technology
  • Provide oversight for department administrators relating to fiscal management of their units
  • Serve as a member of the Dean's Executive Staff, the College Executive Committee, and CVM's representative to the University College Officers and Senior Financial Groups