Provost's Office Staff

Thomas Stephenson

Thomas Stephenson

Phone: x8319

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the college and is responsible for the faculty and the curriculum. All academic departments report to the Provost, as do academic support departments including the Library and Information Technology Services, and athletics.

Sunka Simon

Sunka Simon

Associate Provost for Faculty Development
Phone: x7354

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Outreach and Professor German and Film and Media Studies.   Sunka  is responsible for faculty lunches and lectures, new faculty orientation, and diversity and inclusion programming for faculty. She also manages the process for selecting the Cornell visiting professor, organizes faculty reading/writing groups, and serves as a liaison to the Center for Leadership and Innovation.

Rich Wicentowski

K. David Harrison

Associate Provost for Educational Programs
Phone: x5785

Associate Provost for Educational Programs and Professor of Linguistics. With the Office of Institutional Research, David works on programs for the assessment of student learning and coordinates reviews of academic departments and interdisciplinary programs. He provides administrative support for the Curriculum Committee, supports the work of the Provost on CEP, and coordinates reviews of Swarthmore-sponsored off-campus study programs. He organizes faculty programming in pedagogy and curriculum mapping, and plans faculty lunch talks and lectures. In the Linguistics Department, David teaches courses in language diversity, endangerment, and documentation, and conducts field research in Micronesia and Vanuatu.

Marcia Bmedian

Marcia Brown

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Phone: x8320

The Executive Assistant to the Provost supports the work of the Provost in a variety of areas, including oversight of the operating budgets related to academics, management of faculty employment records and payroll, records of faculty meetings, and the assignment of faculty housing.

Kimberly Fremont

Assistant to the Provost for Administration
Phone: x2051

The Assistant to the Provost for Administration provides planning and analysis for all non-personnel budgets within the Provost’s Office and supports the administration of institutional and individual faculty research grants.  Kim oversees the administration of the student summer research program, coordinating across institutional areas to formulate policies and procedures related to the program. She also serves as a technical resource, enhancing reporting and data analysis within the academic administrative area, and serves as an administrative resource for the academic community.


Robin Shores

Robin Huntington Shores

Director of Institutional Research
Phone: x6879
Office: 259 — West Parrish Hall

In addition to her primary responsibilities, one-third of the Director of Institutional Research's time is dedicated to guiding faculty efforts to assess student learning. Her goal and charge is to help the faculty find ways to conduct meaningful assessments that are consistent with Swarthmore's culture, that support teaching and scholarship, and that ensure the College meets the standards of external agencies.

Shawn Lehmann

Shawn Lehmann

Institutional Review Board and Research Compliance Manager
Phone: x6150

Working with the Chair and other faculty members of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Shawn participates in the implementation of policies and procedures of the Swarthmore College IRB. He reports to the Provost and serves as a principal resource for the IRB Chair and committee members, along with faculty and student researchers for guidance on regulatory requirements and ethical principles for the protection of human subjects. He also provides the first review of all research proposals to assure the completeness of the proposal and compliance with procedures set up by the IRB. He is a voting member of the IRB.


Joanne Kimpel

Joanne Kimpel

Administrative Coordinator
Phone: x8319

Cathy Pescatore

Cathy Pescatore

Administrative Coordinator
Phone: x8027

Deb Thompson

Debbie Thompson

Administrative Assistant
Phone: x6337