Staff Roles and Responsibilities

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Departmental Leadership

Department Chairperson, Jeremy Searle: jbs295@cornell.edu

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), Monica Geber: mag9@cornell.edu

Director of Undergradute Studies (DUS), Andre Kessler: ak357@cornell.edu


Administrative Manager, Jennifer Holleran: jeh46@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4200

  • Oversight: Responsible for oversight of all day to day operations related to finance, human resources, student services, course support and other general business management matters 
  • Hiring: Approve all HR hiring actions (exempt and non-exempt staff, graduate students, visitors, interns, REU)
  • Student Support: Administer all student tuition, health and stipend payments (TA, GRA); Initiate non-salary student disbursements (REU and Intern allowances, departmental awards)
  • Budgeting: Manage departmental financial budgeting and resources
  • Grant Proposals: Review and approve budget content of grant proposal submissions

Facilities Manager, Chad Westmiller: cew22@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4395

  • Oversight: Responsible for oversight of all day to day matters including facility operations, maintenance, renovation, safety, security and space planning
  • Administration of shops, animal rooms and other facility resources shared with NB&B and other Cornell affiliated units
  • IT and Communications: Responsible for supervising all departmental computing, networking and telecommunication activities
     

 

Departmental Administration

Chairperson Assistant, Carol Damm: cad66@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4201

  • Administrative Support: Provide administrative support for both the Chair and Administrative Manager
  • Non-Academic Hiring: Collaborate with supervisors and HR on all non-academic (undergrad students, temps, regular, visitors, interns) hiring actions including hiring, extensions and terminations
  • Payroll Representative: Department payroll representative responsible for all aspects of timekeeping including training, assisting with entering time, tracking submission and approval completions, processing approvals, reviewing for compliance, submitting retro-corrections, etc.
  • Grant Proposals: Support faculty and graduate students with all aspects of grant proposal submissions including forms, compliance, sponsor tools (FastLane, grants.gov, etc…)
  • Department Keys: Responsible for issuing, returning, ordering, tracking department keys
  • Department Email: Manage department email account and department listservs

Graduate Field Assistant (GFA),  Patty Jordan: pj17@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4230

  • Academic Hiring: Responsible for all academic (professorial and non-professorial) hiring activities including recruitment and searches, and all tenure, promotion and other formal review processes. Support all academic appointees in required annual reporting activities.
  • Course and Class coordination: Administer, advise and support all course related matters; Input changes for Courses of Study and University Course database describing courses and requirements; Provide information on instructors, class meetings and locations and schedule classrooms;  Provide support to the Curriculum Committee
  • Graduate Student Records: Maintain files for all graduate students including financial support, examinations, courses and progress toward degree;  Primary resource for graduate students regarding their funding packages, procedures, deadlines, and forwarding information  
  • Graduate Field Contact: Prepare informational reports for Graduate School, DGS, Administrative Manager;  Annual Field review of all graduate students;  Ensure departmental compliance with various rules and regulations pertaining to graduate admissions.
  • Admissions: Oversee and coordinate the graduate admissions process. Coordinate recruiting weekend including itineraries, activities and orientation materials.
  • Graduate Field Webpage: Support the maintenance of the Graduate specific page on the department web site

Department Administrative Assistant, Sally Blinn: sgb93@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4210

  • Colloquium:  Provide support to the faculty lead in areas related to announcements, scheduling, budget tracking, supplies, speaker reimbursements, etc…
  • Course Support: Assist with course budget monitoring, course copying, field trip requirements, placing library reserve materials, supplies ordering, text book ordering, etc...
  • Mail: Provide support for all incoming and outgoing mail and packages, postage needs, departmental mailbox labeling, etc… 
  • Supplies Ordering: Responsible for tracking, maintaining and ordering department administrative supplies
  • Website: Provide content management support for the department website
  • Department Keys: Responsible for issuing, returning, ordering, tracking department keys
     

 

Departmental Accounting

Account Representative, Angela Kern: ajc352@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4203
Account Representative, Alita Howard: ath32@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4202

  • Accounting Support: Provide all aspects of accounting support for faculty, student and departmental accounts including account set-up, financial monitoring and forecasting, compliance review and guidance and financial closeout
  • Account Review and Reconciliation: Perform monthly as required by University policy
  • Purchasing Support: Provide guidance and/or support for all internal and external purchasing needs 
  • Travel Reimbursements: Process all business travel reimbursement requests
  • Equipment Inventory: Collaborate with all faculty and staff to ensure accurate, timely and compliant equipment inventory records
     

 

Department IT / Computing Consultants

Tim Larkin: tsl1@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4292

  • Department Server support and computing back-up systems
  • Department computing facility (PCF) support
  • General computer assistance
  • Specialized software assistance
  • Web page development support for faculty and labs

Brian Mlodzinski: bjm16@cornell.edu / (607) 254-4390

  • Computer hardware troubleshooting
  • Network connection installation
  • Software system upgrades
  • Web page development support for faculty and labs