Grant Cornwell

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Grant H. Cornwell Jr.
15th President of Rollins College
In office
July 2015 – Current
Preceded byLewis M. Duncan
11th President of The College of Wooster
In office
July 2007 – June 2015
Preceded byR. Stanton Hales
Succeeded bySarah Bolton
Personal details
Alma materSt. Lawrence University
The University of Chicago
The College of Wooster
Website[1]

Overview[edit]

Grant Cornwell is the 15th president of Rollins College. Cornwell took office as president of Rollins College in July 2015, following eight years as president of the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. Previously, he was vice president and professor of Philosophy at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York. Founded in 1866, Wooster is a four-year liberal arts college, known for its Independent Study program which pairs every senior with a faculty advisor in the creation of a unique scholarly product.

Cornwell received his B.A. in Philosophy and Biology from St. Lawrence University. He received his Masters and Ph. D., also in Philosophy, from the University of Chicago. He received is second Ph. D, Doctor of Humane Letters, from The College of Wooster in 2017.

Prior to coming to Wooster, Cornwell served as vice president of the university and dean of academic affairs at St. Lawrence University from 2002 to 2007. As chief academic officer, he had management responsibility for the university's 46 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs, the university libraries and gallery, intercollegiate athletics, and information technology.

Cornwell's scholarship and teaching lie in the areas of human rights, globalization, and critical race theory. Cornwell is co-editor of two books: Global Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnicity, Race, and Nation and Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education. He has authored more than two dozen scholarly articles or chapters in edited volumes, as well as a CD-ROM on the history of slavery and the sugar industry in St. Kitts.

Cornwell served on the national advisory board of Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, a three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, from 2001 to 2004. He also served as a fellow of the National Learning Communities Project, a leadership group convened by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, from 2000 to 2004. Currently, Cornwell serves on the advisory board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and is a member of the SAGE Group, formed as a collective of national educational leaders by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to work with institutions to realign practices toward more intentional undergraduate education.

Professional Experience[edit]

President, The College of Wooster, 2007-2015.

Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs, St. Lawrence University, 2002-2007

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy,' St. Lawrence University, 1998-2002

Associate Dean of the First Year, St. Lawrence University, 1992-1997, St. Lawrence University, 1992-2000

Graduate Research Intern, The Hastings Center: Institute of Society Ethics, and the Life Sciences, summer, 1983

Preceptor for "Social and Ethical Issues in Medicine", The University of Chicago Medical School, 1982-1983

Education[edit]

Doctor of Humane Letters, The College of Wooster, May 15, 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Chicago, June 9, 1989.

Master of Arts, The University of Chicago, June 20, 1982

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Biology St. Lawrence University, May 28, 1979

Scholarship[edit]

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION[edit]

“The Inseparability of Rights and Virtues in Ethical Theory.” Dissertation Committee: Arthur Adkins, Alan Gewirth, Christine Korsgaard.

BOOKS and MONOGRAPHS[edit]

Global Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnicity, Race, and Nation. A collection of original essays which analyze the diverse constructions of race, ethnicity, and national identity in a variety of cultures. Co-edited with Eve Stoddard.Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, December, 2000

Globalizing Knowledge: Connecting International and Intercultural Studies. With Eve Stoddard. One in a series of monographs commissioned and published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. September, 1999

Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship in Higher Education. Co-edited with Richard Guarasci. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1997

JOURNAL ARTICLES[edit]

An Education for the 21st Century: Stewardship of the Global Commons.” With Douglas Bennett (Earlham College/USA), Haifa Jamal Al-Lail (Effat University/Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and Celeste Schenck (American University of Paris/France). In Liberal Education, 98:4, Fall 2012

“Globalization, Science, and Citizenship: Habits of Mind for Global Understanding.” In Diversity Digest, 9:3, 2006

“Freedom, Diversity and Global Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. In Liberal Education, 92:2, Spring, 2006. A revised version of “Contestation and Respect.” See below.

“Contestation and Respect: Intercultural Inquiry and Global Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. In Roanoke College Journal, Vol. 1, 2005

“Peripheral Visions: Towards a Geo-ethics of Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. In Liberal Education, 89:3, Summer, 2003

“The Future of Liberal Education and the Hegemony of Market Values: Privilege, Practicality, and Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. In Liberal Education, 87:3, Summer, 2001

“Caneel Bay, St. John: “The Island Nobody Spoiled” and Other Fantasies of Colonial Desire.” With Eve Stoddard. In Early Modernity and Europe's Race for the Globe,special issue of South Atlantic Review, guest-edited by Mita Choudhury, 65:2, Spring, 2001. Received Honorable Mention for the South Atlantic Review Essay Prize Award for 2000-2001

“Cosmopolitan or Mongrel? Reading Creolite and Hybridity via “Douglarisation” in Trinidad.” With Eve Stoddard. In European Journal of Cultural Studies, 2:5, September, 1999

"Things Fall Together: A Critique of Multicultural Curricular Reform." With Eve Stoddard. In Liberal Education, 80:4, Fall, 1994

"Democratic Education in an Age of Difference." With Richard Guarasci. In Perspectives: The Journal of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, 23:1, Spring, 1993

"The Conflict of Postmodern and Traditional Epistemologies in Curricular Reform: A Dialogue." With Baylor Johnson. In Studies in Philosophy and Education, 11:1, 1991

Review of The Idea of a Democratic Community by Christopher Berry. In Teaching Philosophy, 14:3, September, 1991

"From Pluralism to Relativism and Back Again: Philosophy's Role in an Inclusive Curriculum." In Teaching Philosophy, 14:2, June, 1991, pp. 143–153. Invited as "Best Paper Finalist" at the American Philosophical Association's Central Division Meeting's symposium on "Cultural Pluralism and Diversity in the Curriculum," Chicago, April 24, 1991

"Postmodernism and Teaching: Confessions of an Ex-Realist." In Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, 8:1, Spring 1991

"The Opening of the American Mind: The Democratic Alternative." With Richard Guarasci. In The Freshman Year Experience Newsletter, 3:1, 1990

Professional Recognitions and Service[edit]

The Presidents’ Trust: The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Chair, 2016-continuing

The Florida Council of 100: 2015-continuing

International College of Liberal Arts: Advisory Board, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu City, Japan, 2015 – 2017

Association of American Colleges and Universities, Board of Directors, 2014-continuing

Council on Foreign Relations-Lumina Foundation Global Literacy Advisory Board, an initiative to “help students succeed in an era of unprecedented global integration.” 2013-2015

Teach for America: University Champions Board, 2010-2015

Project Pericles: Executive Committee, Presidents Council, 2010-2015

Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), President, 2013-2015; Executive Committee, 2010-2015

North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), President, 2013-2015; Executive Committee, 2011-2015

Presidents’ Trust: Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009-continuing

National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE): National Advisory Board, 2009-2011

Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB), Project on Faculty and Institutional Governance, national advisory panel, 2008-2010

The Aspen Institute: Governing Board of the Wye Faculty Seminar, 2008-continuing

American Council on Education (ACE): Commission on International Initiatives, 2008-2010

National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE): Eastern Advisory Council, 2005-2007

Donald C. Faber Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence: An endowed program at Miami University of Ohio “to foster the rigorous discussion and debate of ideas among Miami University students and distinguished national scholars.” September 25–27, 2002

AAC&U National Advisory Board Member: Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, a national three-year faculty and curriculum development initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Funded by FIPSE. Advisory Board tenure, 2001-2004

National Learning Communities Project Fellow: A leadership group convened by the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education to strengthen learning community initiatives across the country. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Fellowship tenure, 2000-2004

Outstanding Freshman Advocate: An award made annually by The National Resource Center for Freshman Year Experience for outstanding contributions to educational programmatic approaches to enhance the freshman year. Awarded in 1995

Board of Directors, American Association of Philosophy Teachers. Elected January, 1991

Louis and Francis Maslow Award: "The Louis and Francis Maslow Award is made annually to that member of the faculty who has shown the most interest in and understanding of the education and welfare of the student body as a whole" (St. Lawrence University Faculty Handbook, p. 87). Awarded in 1989

Dana-Eben Holden Fellow: "The Dana and Eben Holden Fellows Program gives students the opportunity to honor faculty members who have shown outstanding teaching ability, receptiveness to students, and a caring approach to their role as educators" (St. Lawrence University Faculty Handbook, p. 87). Awarded in 1987 and again in 1988

Professional Activity[edit]

INTER/NATIONAL CONFERENCES ORGANIZED[edit]

“Interconnecting Diasporas: Globalizing Area Studies,” an international faculty seminar with St. Lawrence University, Trent University, Canada, and the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago as part of the trilateral collaborative project funded by a Ford Foundation “Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies” grant. With Eve Stoddard. St. Lawrence University, October, 2001

“Global Studies and Faculty Development: Current Debates and Approaches,” Association of American Colleges and Universities Working Conference of the Network for Academic Renewal, co-director, with Eve Stoddard, Baltimore, March, 1999

"Teaching Cultural Encounters as General Education," sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and St. Lawrence University, funded by the Mellon Foundation, co-director, with Eve Stoddard, New Orleans, March, 1995

"Teaching Cultural Difference as General Education," sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-director, with Eve Stoddard, Philadelphia, February, 1994

Vice Chair of the Ninth International Conference on Teaching Philosophy, August, 1992

Program Committee of the Eighth International Conference on Teaching Philosophy, August, 1990

CONSULTING: Faculty and Curriculum Development and Assessment[edit]

International College of Liberal Arts: Yamanashi Gakuin University, Kofu City, Japan, 2015

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, 2005, 2009, 2015

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 2004

Albany State University, Albany, Georgia, 2004

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, 2003

Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, 2003

Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, 2003

State University of New York - New Paltz, New Paltz, New York, 2002

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2002

St. Michael's College, Sherburne, Vermont, 2001, 2002

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 2000

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1999

Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1999

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1998, 1999, 2003

Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, 1997

University of New England, Biddleford, Maine, 1996

St. John Fischer College, Rochester, New York, 1995, 2003

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1994

Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, 1994, 1996

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1994

The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, April, 1993

North Adams State College, North Adams, Massachusetts, 1993, 1996

The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 1991

Public Lectures and Conference Presentations[edit]

PUBLIC AND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES[edit]

“Changing Dimensions of Liberal Arts & Humanities in Emerging Economies.” Times Higher Education: BRICS & Emerging Economies Universities Summit. Delhi, India. November, 2015

“An Education for the 21st Century: Stewardship of the Global Commons.” Public lecture at Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana. March, 2014

“Cultivation of Humanity in a Global Era”. Phi Beta Kappa Annual Scholastic Awards Banquet, May, 2013

“Making Up Your Mind: The Project of Liberal Education”. Commencement Address for Western Reserve Academy, May, 2013

“Everybody's Business: Globalization and Liberal Learning in the 21st Century”. Northern Arizona University, February, 2010

“American Liberal Education: Tradition & Change”. Akita International University, Akita, Japan, November, 2009

“Global Studies as a Contested Paradigm of Inquiry”. Akita International University, Akita, Japan, November, 2009

“Globalization and Scientific Inquiry: Education for Transnational Collaboration.” Invited as the opening plenary address for AAC&U's symposium, “Science and Global Learning in the Undergraduate Curriculum. January, 2006

“Contestation and Respect: Intercultural Inquiry and Global Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. Invited as the address delivered on the occasion of the inauguration of Dr. Sabine O’Hara as the President of Roanoke College, October, 2004

“The Politics of Language in the New American Empire.” With Eve Stoddard. Invited as the closing plenary address at the Enemies of Empire conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, June 13, 2004

“Peripheral Visions: Towards a Geoethics of Citizenship.” With Eve Stoddard. Delivered as the Donald C. Faber Distinguished Scholars-in-Residence at Miami University of Ohio, September 26, 2002

“Positionality and Knowledge Production: On the Ethics of Transnational Research and Teaching.” Keynote panel with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Obioma Nnaemeka, opening the conference Liberal Education and Global Citizenship: The Arts of Democracy, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, funded by FIPSE, May, 2002

“Globalization and Liberal Education.” With Eve Stoddard. Delivered as keynote address at the annual conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, Chicago, November 2, 2000

“Globalization, Diversity, and Democracy: Contested Visions, Possible Futures.” With Eve Stoddard. Delivered as a plenary address at the conference, “Diversity and Learning: Identity, Community, and Intellectual Development,” sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, funded by the Ford Foundation, Pittsburgh, October 28, 2000

"Things Fall Together: A Critique of Multicultural Curricular Reform." With Eve Stoddard. Delivered as keynote address at the conference, "Teaching Cultural Difference as General Education," sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Philadelphia, February, 1994. Subsequently, published in Liberal Education and reprinted in Interdisciplinarity: Essays from the Literature. See above.

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