House Professor-Dean

House Professor-Dean

The House Professor is the Dean and leader of the House community and provides intellectual and social direction for the House. The House Professor-Dean works in close partnership with the Assistant Dean and the House Council (the student run house-governance structure) in maintaining the welfare of the House community and the well-being of its individual members.



Rosemary J. Avery
House Professor-Dean
G06 Flora Rose House

Dr. Avery received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1971, her Honors in Science degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1982, and her Master of Science (1984) and Ph.D. degrees (1988) from The Ohio State University. Dr. Avery joined the Cornell University faculty in 1988, and currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.

Dr. Avery's current research projects focus on the impact of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) on public health. In addition, Dr. Avery has been the recipient of several awards for both her teaching and scholarship. She was awarded the prestigious Carpenter Award for Advising in 2007, a Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2001, received the Merrill Presidential Teacher Recognition Award fifteen times, and was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and Service Excellence in 2014.

At the University level, Dr. Avery served on the Cornell University Board of Trustees 2008-2012 as a Faculty Trustee and serves on several leading university committees, including the steering committee for Cornell's Sesquicentennial Celebrations. Furthermore, she serves the Cornell undergraduate community as a Dining Discussion Faculty Fellow, as a Faculty Fellow in the Mews Residence Hall, as Faculty Advisor to several student organizations, and as Faculty Academic Advisor to the Cornell Varsity Men’s Football and Men’s Lacrosse teams. 

Dr. Avery teaches the introductory course to the PAM major, PAM 2300 Introduction to Policy Analysis. She also teaches the senior seminar for the PAM honors students. As part of the PAM 2300 teaching effort, Dr. Avery offers a year-long teaching apprenticeship course in which students learn to prepare lesson plans, practice classroom teaching, and undertake background research for class presentations. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Avery leads the undergraduate PhADS lab, a research laboratory that trains undergraduates in data entry, data management, and high-level statistical skills.

Both her children, Amanda and David, graduated from Cornell. She has three grandchildren who live in Boston with the family, and her son lives and works in New York City.  Dr. Avery now lives with her two canine “children” Maya and Lexi in Flora Rose house.