Donald Tobias
Associate Professor

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Donald Tobias joined the College of Human Ecology in 1980 and has worked primarily in the area of extension and outreach. His professional career has focused on public sector and community research with and emphasis on health, government, and education. Areas of planning and management are core to his professional activity in teaching, research and outreach. Dr. Tobias currently serves as the Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension in New York City. 

Current Research Activities
Dr. Tobias currently serves as a Principal Investigator for “Institutional Clinical and Translational Center: Community Engagement”, funded for five years by National Institutes of Health in the amount of $1,485,450. This is a subcontract with Cornell Weil Medical College and their $49 million dollar Translational Research grant. The focus of Dr. Tobias activities is community engagement and medical research. Dr. Tobias is also collaborating with Dr. Gilbert Botvin of Cornell Weil Medical College on a National Institutes of Health project entitled, “A Collaborative System Approach for the Diffusion of Evidence-Based Prevention”, with funding in the amount of $530,362 for five years. Dr. Tobias serves as Co-Principal Investigator on the "Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program" one year grant in the amount of $5,265,712, the "Market Maker" grant for $75,000 from the New York Farm Viability Institute and the "City Harvest" grant from USDA in the amount of $175,270.

Current Extension Activities
Dr. Tobias provides leadership to the hundred and thiry-five person office of Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York City. Program activities include: Health and Nutrition, Family and Youth Development, Urban Environment, and Alternative Energy Development.   


Biographical Statement

Dr. Tobias has worked in the areas of community education and development for over twenty years with expertise in group process, planning and evaluation. His principal contexts for his work have been public education, government, and community health. More recently, Dr. Tobias has taught courses in Non Profit Management and provided technical assistence to a number of non profit and government agencies.
Currently he serves as the Executive Director for Cornell University Cooperative Extension-New York City.


Donald Tobias received his BA degree from Alma College with majors in the areas of History and Communication. He holds a Masters degree from Central Michigan University in Communication and an Education Specialist Certification in Education Administration. Dr. Tobias received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration with additional course work in management and marketing from Syracuse University.

Administrative Responsibilities
Donald Tobias serves as Executive Director of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension office in New York City [CUCE-NYC]. CUCE-NYC has a staff of one hundred and five employes and provides research based programs as part the Cornell University Land grant mission.Additionaly, Dr. Tobias serves as Chairman of the Board of New York City Young Leaders a collaberative project of New York City Mayor's Office, Center for Tolerence, Cornell Cooperative Extension-New York City and The American Friends of Isreal League. Dr. Tobias serves on the "Tree of Life" Advisory Board for Queens ,New York, Community Development.


Courses, Websites, Pubs

Selected Publications
Morton, L.W. and D. Tobias. 1997. Strengthening Community: Health Solutions Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University.

Tobias, D. 1995. Rural Health Task Force. In Rural Health Network Development Handbook. New York State Department of Health.

Tobias, D. 1995. For the Common Good: A Strategic Plan for Leadership and Volunteer Development. National Extension Task Force.  United States Department of Agriculture.