About the Fellow
- Director of Education and Communications, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science – Horticulture Section, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Sonja Skelly’s faculty profile
- 2019-20, Faculty Fellow in Engaged Learning
- Children, Youth, Seniors and Families; Culture, Language and History; Education; Food and Agriculture; Health, Nutrition and Medicine
Sonja Skelly is revising her course, PLHRT 2350: Plants and Human Well Being, to include community-engaged learning opportunities. She is interested in finding ways for students to experience and learn, first-hand, from community practitioners, the material covered in the course, such as plants and food, culture, medicine, well-being, education, and city and community development.
Throughout the year, she aims to identify specific ways to incorporate engaged learning with community partners into the class; to identify and develop partnerships with community partners; develop engaged activities that help students better understand and experience course content; construct evaluation rubrics that enable students to reflect on their experiences; and review course modifications with the cohort of Engaged Faculty Fellows, Office of Engagement Initiatives staff and community partners. An additional objective is to revise the course structure as needed and submit it for curriculum review.
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell