Charles Walcott came to Cornell in 1981 as Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, and Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology. In 1992, he was named the first Louis Aggasiz Fuertes Director of the Lab. He was Director of the Division of Biological Sciences (January 1998-June 1999), and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (1999-2001).
Professor Walcott served as Associate Dean and Secretary of the University Faculty for three years prior to his being elected Dean of the University Faculty in 2003. He views the Faculty as the core of the University; believes that strong and effective Faculty governance is essential for Cornell’s future; and that the Faculty and the Administration must work together to determine academic priorities for Cornell and to ensure adequate financial support.