Senator-at-Large (Tenured Faculty)

Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue
Professor, Department of Global Development
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, PhD, is Professor of Global Development and Brooks School of Policy at Cornell. His scholarly interests are in population and development, with emphasis on the effects of population dynamics on socioeconomic development. Before joining Cornell in 2000 and a post-doctoral stint at the RAND Corporation (1997-00), he earned a doctorate (Demography and Sociology) from the Pennsylvania State University (1997) and an advanced degree in Agricultural Economics and Development Sociology from Cameroon. He has taught across multiple continents, mostly Africa, North America and Asia, and has extensive experience with both field research and policy communication. Between 2007 and 2017, and with support from the Hewlett Foundation and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, he has led a network to advance demographic training in Francophone Africa, including the study of demographic dividends. He has consulted with the United Nations, the World Bank and USAID, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Population Association of America, the Population Reference Bureau, the Guttmacher Institute, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He recently was a member of an independent group of 15 scientists nominated by the UN’s Secretary General Panel to draft the first quadrennial report on Sustainable Development Goals.
Candidate Statement:
Cornell is a premier university with a unique mission as both a land-grant and an Ivy-League university but also a broader mission as an education institution and an equalizer of opportunity. We are entering a turbulent era when the University is challenged to adapt to profound changes in access, in instruction technology, in the demographic diversity of its student body and faculty, and in the complexity of development problems facing the world. How the university responds to these transformations is key to its survival. More than ever, faculty participation in strategic thinking and in university governance is essential to navigate these turbulent waters and look beyond the immediate management issues. I am honored to stand for election as Senator-at-Large. If elected, I will work hard to help in this strategic thinking about looming challenges by bringing past experiences from work in international settings, many development institutions, and as Department Chair.

Roger Gilbert

Professor and Department Chair, Literatures in English
Roger Gilbert teaches in the Department of Literatures in English. He earned his BA and PhD at Yale, and has been at Cornell since 1987. He teaches courses on poetry, American literature, Shakespeare, and (with Anne Adams) Toni Morrison. He's the author of "Walks in the World: Representation and Experience in Modern American Poetry" (1991), and is currently completing a critical biography of the poet A. R. Ammons. He served as department chair between 2011 and 2018.
Candidate Statement:
I've represented my department on the Faculty Senate in the past, and currently serve on a task force focused on the status of RTE faculty at Cornell. These experiences have given me a strong sense of the importance of faculty governance, and I'd be happy to take on the role of Senator-at-Large to make further contributions to the ongoing work of fostering robust participation by faculty at all levels in the university's decision-making.

So-Yeon Yoon
Associate Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology
So-Yeon Yoon is an associate professor of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology. She is also the director of the Design-User Experience-Technology (DUET) Research Lab, where she conducts interdisciplinary research in design, user experience, and human-computer interaction.
In addition to her academic work, Yoon has extensive experience as a licensed interior designer and architect in both Korea and the U.S. She also has a background in web application development. Yoon earned her Ph.D. in Information Technology with an emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction in Virtual Environments to address the effect of design using simulations and the user-technology interaction based on empirical research findings for design decision-makers and users.
Yoon's research has been developed around the interdisciplinary areas of design, user experience, and human-computer interaction using computer simulation techniques. She adopts innovative approaches with research collaborators from neuroscience, marketing, media psychology, engineering, and medicine to better answer research questions related to user experience and the impacts of designed environments.
Yoon's expertise in both design practice and research makes her an invaluable member of the faculty senate. She has received recognition for her teaching and research, including the International Interior Design Association's Educator of the Year award in 2014 and the 2011 Gold Chalk Award for teaching excellence. Prior to joining Cornell, Yoon taught in the Architectural Studies Department at the University of Missouri for 12 years, where she led the design with digital media graduate program.
Candidate Statement:
As a faculty member, I am committed to academic freedom, shared governance, and collaborative decision-making. Senate-at-Large seats provide an important avenue for faculty members to stay informed, participate in discussions, and advocate for their constituents. I am excited to learn about the workings of the University and the issues that impact faculty and students. Attending meetings in-person or via Zoom will take about 1.5 hours per month during the Fall and Spring semesters, and I am prepared to commit the necessary time and effort.
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