About the Fellow
- Assistant Professor, Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences
- James Spinazzola’s faculty profile
- 2019-20, Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship
- Arts, Communication, Media and Design; Culture, Language and History
James Spinazzola conducts the Cornell Wind Symphony and has led the group on two community-engaged learning tours to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. By transforming the traditional venue-based performance tour into a vehicle for sustained community engagement, he is helping students tap into their potential as promoters of cross-cultural exchange, global awareness and institutional reciprocity.
Spinazzola’s research and publication plan summarizes the Cornell Wind Symphony’s activities and provides a template for colleagues interested in crafting similar engaged performance tours and international partnerships. He’s creating an overarching instructional handbook for institutions aiming to replicate or build upon Cornell’s partnerships; writing an article that will contribute to studies of international community engagement within the context of ensemble performance tours; and presenting at a relevant professional conference.
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell