Professor Claire Cardie, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Professor of Information Science, will become the inaugural Associate Dean for Education in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science beginning April 1, 2021.
“Claire’s wealth of knowledge and experience as a faculty member and academic leader will greatly benefit our students and faculty,” said Dean Kavita Bala. “I am confident she will provide vision and leadership to ensure excellence in the college educational programs and meet the changing needs of our students and our academic disciplines.”
As Associate Dean for Education, Cardie will provide leadership to ensure the college delivers excellent educational programs including curriculum, instruction, advising, and learning experiences. In this role, she will lead efforts to develop new education initiatives, collaborate with faculty across the college to assess and improve the curriculum and services to students, and will represent Cornell Bowers on university and college committees.
“I am really excited to be joining the leadership team as Associate Dean for Education,” said Cardie. “This is a tremendous opportunity to work with a dedicated group of faculty and students and help leverage existing strengths of the college while developing a shared vision for education.”
Cardie joined the Cornell community as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science after earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, where she also completed her Masters in the same field. Since that time, she has served as CS Director for Undergraduate Studies (DUS), the inaugural DUS for Information Science, and the Charles and Barbara Weiss Founding Chair of the Department of Information Science.
In recent years, Cardie has served as Chair on numerous committees for professional organizations and meetings and was named a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a Fellow of the ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics), and cited as someone to “follow in computational social science.” The Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts recognized her in 2012 with an Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy Award in the area of Education “for her key role in integrating computing and information science into education, research, and scholarship in engineering, the social sciences, arts and humanities.” At Cornell, her pedagogical gifts were also recognized when she received the Ralph S. Watts College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award.
Along with her administrative duties, Cardie will continue her research in the field of Natural Language Processing, where she focuses on developing algorithms and systems that convert unstructured text into structured data, making further meaningful analysis possible.