Rhonda Gilmore

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities

Coordinator, Interior Design Admissions Committee:
Reviewed portfolios and files for prospective students and work with College of Human Ecology Admissions Office.

Coordinator, Sustainable Tompkins HUB Materials Resource:
Worked with members of the Sustainable Tompkins' Board of Directors to design and create sustainable materials boards for both traveling exhibits and their future Resource Library that will be incorporated in their facility called The HUB, to be constructed in Ithaca by 2009.

Co-coordinator, Design Portfolio Seminars:
Worked with College of Human Ecology Career Development Staff to host two portofolio seminars for design students and other interested HE students.
Presenter/Host, "Bring Your Child to Work Day" at Cornell:
For the past seven years, the sophomore design studio has worked with the children of Cornell employees during this annual event, teaching them the basics of the design process. Over 24 children and adults attended the 2007 session, with each student taking home drawings for an information kiosk for their school.

Outreach/Mentor, Learning Web of Ithaca:
Worked with local high school students in this one-on-one program shadowing professionals in a variety of fields.


Biographical Statement
Teaching both a practical and philosophical approach to design should bring students to an academic vista where they learn how to solve problems in the built environment and see why they have a unique role to play in this process.  As a design educator, I attempt to teach students the skills that they will use as practicing professionals and I also attempt to help them think about the context of their work:  how will their design decisions impact their end users and the much larger global community?


Administrative Responsibilities
DEA / ID Admissions Committee:
As chair of this group, I worked with several other ID faculty to review prospective freshmen and transfer student files and portfolios. We reviewed over 64 files for the year 2007. We also met with HE Admissions staff throughout the year, discussing strategies for marketing and accessibility for future studio groups.

DEA Advisor:
Worked with 14 students in the spring and fall of 2007 as an advisor on course selection, professional practice strategies, and other pertinent student issues.

DEA Fall Reception
Initiated a pre-fall semester social gathering for new and returning DEA students with Prof. Kathleen Gibson.  Coordinated gaming scenarios, invitations, design of event space and student participation.

DEA Resource Center:
Worked with Nicki Nedrow, RC Manager, to acquire pertinent materials, finishes and furniture information from manufacturers. Assisted in updates on catalogues, manufacturers' representatives information, and sustainable options for interiors.

DEA Senior Show & Reception
Coordinated seniors’ exhibit installation and design for their Senior Show. Coordinated senior reception for parents and families of our graduating 2007 class on Commencement Day.

DEA Portfolio Seminars
Working with Deanne Maxwell, Director of the Career Development Center for the College of Human Ecology, we created two portfolio seminars for both DEA and FS&AD students. Seminar One: (Fall)introduction to the job search process, HE resources, and standard procedures for procuring employment. Seminar Two: (Spring) invited DEA faculty to review and critique student portfolios.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught

Related Websites


http://courseinfo.cit.cornell.edu/courses/DEA 423/