- Professor, Policy Analysis and Management (PAM), College of Human Ecology (CHE)
- Department Chairperson, Policy Analysis and Management (PAM), College of Human Ecology (CHE)
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 Masters of Science (1984) and Ph.D. degrees (1988) in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University. Dr. Avery joined the Cornell University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing in 1988. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994, and to rank of Professor in 2000. She current serves as Chairperson of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.
Her professional career has focused on public policy as it relates to family formation via adoption of special needs children. She has been the recipient of four federal grants to support her research in this area and is an active contributor to national special needs adoption initiatives. In addition, another area of her work focuses on the impact of media images on consumer choice, particularly as it relates to health related decisions surrounding smoking and prescription drung consumption.
Dr. Avery has been the recipient of several awards for both her teaching and scholarship. She was awarded the prestigious Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2001, she has received a Merrill Presidential Teacher Recognition Award six times (1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006), and was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. In 2000 Dr. Avery was recognized by a leading consumer policy association in the U.S. (the American Council on Consumer Interests) as the outstanding mid-career professional. She has served as a Board Member for three national policy associations, and serves as a reviewer for five leading academic journals.
At the University level Dr. Avery currently holds the position of University Faculty Senate member and serves on several university committees (University Faculty Committee, Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council, Health Careers Evaluation Committee). Furthermore, she serves the Cornell undergraduate community as a Dining Discussion Faculty Fellow, as Faculty Advisor to Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, and as Faculty Academic Advisor to the Cornell Varsity Men's Football and Men's Lacrosse teams.
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- Professor Avery currently serves as Chairperson for the Department of Policy Analysis and Management.