An accomplished teacher and a nationally recognized scholar, H. Frederick Sweitzer was named interim provost of the University of Hartford earlier this year. He came to UHart in 1985 following a 10-year career in social services to lead the undergraduate program in Human Services in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). In 1990, he was appointed chair of the Division of Education in ENHP.
Sweitzer was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 1991 and subsequently full professor in 1999. He also served as associate dean of ENHP for nine years, and was acting dean from 2005–06. In 2008, Sweitzer joined the Provost’s Office staff as assistant provost and dean of faculty development, and in 2013, was named associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies.
Sweitzer has taught in both the Human Services and Teacher Education programs. He participated in the first set of First-Year Interest Groups (FIGS) and completely revised the internship sequence. Sweitzer received the Harry Jack Gray Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1998 and the University’s Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999. From 2013–16, he led a team of faculty in securing and carrying out a grant from the Davis Family Foundation focusing on the innovative pedagogy, Flipping the Classroom.
Sweitzer’s scholarship focuses largely in internships, service-learning, and experiential education. His book, The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development, published in 1999 with a second edition issued in 2003, a third in 2008, and a fourth in 2013, weaves theory, research, and practice into an understanding of the internship as a culminating learning experience, and has drawn praise from some of the leading names in service-learning, engaged learning, and education for citizenship. He is on the editorial boards for the journals Human Service Education and Human Services Today, and has published widely in the field.
Sweitzer has rendered outstanding service to his profession, the University, and the community. He is a past winner of the Lenore McNeer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Services Profession, and the Miriam Clubok Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Service Education. He has served on numerous campus committees, including the Task Force on Diversity and the Values Committee. He co-chaired the steering committee during the University’s most recent comprehensive review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and chaired the Library Master Planning Steering Committee.
In the community, Sweitzer spent nine years on the board of Interval House, Connecticut’s largest anti-domestic violence organization, including three years as president. He served for 20 years on the Juvenile Review Board in his home community of Suffield.
Sweitzer holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.