New faculty members infuse college with diverse expertise.
Subject: College teachers (Employment)
Human ecology (Study and teaching)
Pub Date: 09/22/2011
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Fall, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration; 530 Labor force information Computer Subject: Industry hiring
Organization: Organization: Cornell College
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 278651784
Full Text: Cornell is hiring new faculty members at an unprecedented rate--with the goal of hiring up to 100 professors by the university's sesquicentennial in 2015.

The College of Human Ecology is already a key contributor to this university-wide effort, particularly in attracting new faculty to work on such major cross-college collaborations as neuroscience and human development; and health behaviors, health economics, and disparities. Ten new scholars are committed to join the college in the 2011-2012 academic year.

"We are pleased to have such a talented, diverse group of scholars joining our faculty. They have very impressive credentials and will strengthen the college's teaching, research, and outreach in key multidisciplinary areas. I expect this group to have a profound impact on the future of the college," said Alan Mathios, the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean.

Meet five of the newest Human Ecology professors:

Anthony Burrow, assistant professor, human development

Academic focus: the influence of racial identity on psychosocial adjustment, purpose in life among youth

Previous positions: assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago, 2007-2011; postdoctoral research fellow, Multicultural Research Institute, University of Notre Dame, 2005-2007

Academic background: B.A., psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998; M.S., developmental psychology, Florida International University, 2002; Ph.D., developmental psychology, Florida International University, 2005

I chose Human Ecology: because of its conceptually diverse and interdisciplinary departments, and because the many scholars (past and present) in human development, in particular, who have influenced how I think about and approach my own work.


Jintu Fan, professor and chair, fiber science & apparel design (starting January 1, 2012)

Academic focus: interaction between the human body, clothing, and environment, and on that basis, the development of apparel with enhanced comfort and I aesthetic appeal

Previous positions: associate head and professor, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2005-2011; associate professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2001-2005; assistant professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University 1996-2001

Academic background: B.S., textile engineering, China Textile University, 1985; Ph.D., clothing science, University of Leeds, 1989; D.Sc, clothing science, University of Leeds, 2011

I chose Human Ecology: because of its excellent scholarly environment and potential of trans-disciplinary research.

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Jane Mendle, assistant professor, human development

Academic focus: adolescent psychopathology and risk-taking, psychological changes over the course of puberty

Previous positions: assistant professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, 2008-2011; predoctoral clinical psychology internship, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2007-2008

Academic background: B.A., psychology, Amherst College, 1998; M.A., clinical psychology, University of Virginia, 2004; Ph.D., clinical psychology, University of Virginia, 2008

I chose Human Ecology: because of the caliber of the students at Cornell and the inspiring research of the other human development faculty members. I feel very lucky to be here.


Huiju Park, assistant professor, fiber science & apparel design

Academic focus: smart clothing, functional apparel, sportswear design, mobility ' and thermal comfort of clothing

Previous positions: research associate, Institute for Protective Apparel Research and Technology, Oklahoma State University, 2007-2011; instructor, Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising, Oklahoma State University, 2010-2011

Academic background: B.S., clothing and textiles, Yonsei University, South Korea, 1997; M.S., clothing and textiles, Yonsei University, 2002; Ph.D., design, housing, and merchandising, Oklahoma State University, 2011

I chose Human Ecology: because I was inspired by the vision of the department and college, as well as impressed with the collaborative research environment, enthusiastic faculty, and hard-working students.


Nicolas Ziebarth, assistant professor, policy analysis and management

Academic focus: health economics, labor economics, microeconometrics

Previous positions: research associate and chair for applied empirical economic research, Berlin University of Technology, Germany, 2010-2011; research associate, Socioeconomic Panel Study Department, German Institute for Economic Research, 2010-2011

Academic background: B.S., economics, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2003; M.S., economics, Berlin University of Technology, 2006; Ph.D., economics, Berlin University of Technology/German Institute for Economic Research, 2011

I chose Human Ecology: because it is a vibrant, outstanding place to conduct research and for my fields of specialization, one of the best places worldwide; the faculty members are extremely kind and helpful; and it has a great personal atmosphere.

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