Associate Professor of Statistics Lynne Steuerle Schofield '99 has been named the next Associate Provost of Faculty Diversity and Development, beginning at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. She replaces Professor of German and Film and Media Studies Sunka Simon.
Schofield, who majored in mathematics at Swarthmore, joined the faculty in 2009. She was inducted into the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016 as a member of the 1996 field hockey team and holds a doctorate in statistics and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
"I am very excited at the prospect of serving as Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity," Schofield says. "I see this position as having two main, important roles: developing and enhancing the professional development opportunities for all faculty, and helping to recruit and retain a more diverse and excellent faculty. I am eager to work with departments, programs, and the incoming Provost and her staff to move Swarthmore forward in these areas."
Schofield’s interdisciplinary research includes areas of mathematics, primary, secondary and tertiary education, environmentalism, cognition, public health, and public policy.
During her decade on the faculty, she has served on the Advisory Committee on Faculty Diversity & Excellence, the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Care, the STEM Inclusive Excellence Committee, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility Committee, and the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee. During her tenure, she has worked with nearly two dozen faculty members in nine programs and departments, published multiple articles, and often co-authored with Swarthmore colleagues and students.
"I welcome Professor Schofield’s enthusiasm to ensure that all Swarthmore students flourish across a 21st century curriculum and that all faculty members have access to mentoring and professional development opportunities specific to their disciplines and across the career cycle," says provost-elect Sarah Willie-LeBreton. "Lynne’s willingness to be candid, collaborative, and creative will help all of us to examine structural assumptions, try new paths, and live up to our ideals."