Community Engagement Showcase

Marcia Eames-Sheavly

Marcia Eames-SheavlyA 2013 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Marcia Eames-Sheavly is a senior extension associate and senior lecturer in the School of Integrative Plant Science – Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read her faculty profile for more information.

The Story

Marcia has been in the Department of Horticulture through many of its iterations, in several roles. As an undergraduate student in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, a research technician in Pomology, an extension support specialist in Fruit and Vegetable Science, a Senior Extension Associate, and most recently, Senior Lecturer in Horticulture, Marcia’s lasting impression of the department is the dedication of the compassionate and hard-working faculty and staff to students, and the commitment to the very humanity of those students. As a department with a strong Cooperative Extension commitment, she is keenly interested in how faculty colleagues engage students in their work in the Extension arena.

In order to showcase how engaged learning takes place across and throughout the Department of Horticulture, Marcia originally intended to interview faculty colleagues in Horticulture in order to strengthen cohesion among colleagues, document individual approaches, identify themes that cut across those efforts, and surface opportunities for collaboration. Based on guidance from several perspectives, she is partnering with communications to highlight this work as an example of engaged learning excellence in the Plant Sciences at Cornell University.

“Despite knowing in general that my colleagues engage in service learning, take students out into the field, and involve them in various communities across New York state, at the end of the day, none of us really knows the details of one another’s work…taking the time to talk with colleagues one-on-one about their teaching has been a rare privilege.”

The Strategy

  • Targeted faculty who self-identify as teaching through the lens of public engagement, and/or academic service learning.
  • Crafted a set of interview questions, with guidance from Richard Kiely and other Faculty Fellows.
  • Hired Lauren Nelson to assist with interviews.
  • Met with Plant Science faculty members, administrators, and two focus groups of students enrolled in plant science courses.
  • Actively encouraged faculty members to share, engage with, and learn from others through the Engaged Cornell forum.
  • Met with Craig Cramer, the Horticulture Department communications specialist, to determine and develop the ideal published products.
  • Working with Craig Cramer to create a video of inspiring highlights from the process

In the News

Students connect Belize classrooms, gardens, communities (April 8, 2013, Cornell Chronicle)

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