Dr. Sweitzer served for four years as the Assistant Provost and Dean of Faculty Development and has been serving as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies since January 2012. Dr. Sweitzer also holds faculty rank as Professor of Educational Leadership. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1985 and joined the faculty of the University of Hartford in that same year.
The Provost’s Office, informed by Foundation of the Future recommendations, has integrated oversight of graduate studies with the three major areas related to faculty and their work – professional development, research, and assessment – into an associate provost position. I am very pleased that Fred will remain a part of the leadership team in the Office of the Provost and devote his considerable experience and expertise to this newly expanded role. In the five years he served previously as assistant provost, we all have noted his many accomplishments. He provided strong leadership in the recent successful NEASC accreditation process, increased our efforts to improve the racial and ethnic diversity of the faculty, strengthened the Jackie McLean Fellowship program, and chaired the University Libraries Master Planning Committee.
Fred will continue to oversee the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD), and to support a large number of faculty development initiatives, new faculty orientation, sabbaticals, as well as the faculty search process, with a particular emphasis on diversifying the faculty. He will oversee the Office of Sponsored Programs and increase efforts to promote research and scholarship at all levels of the institution and to enhance the synergistic relationship between research and teaching. In the area of assessment, Fred will continue to lead two major efforts: the Program Learning Outcomes initiative (working with the University Coordinator of Assessment) and the Core Baccalaureate Learning Outcomes initiative. He will also play a pivotal role in the strategic planning for graduate program development, including graduate certificates and deepening our commitment to continuous improvement.
If you do not have a sense of Fred’s history at the University of Hartford or in his academic field, allow me to share the following: He began his career in the College of Education as coordinator of the human services degree program. In 1990, he was appointed Chair of the Division of Education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP). He was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and full professor in 1999. Fred also served as Associate Dean for nine years and was the Acting Dean of ENHP from 2005 to 2006.
In terms of his academic successes, Fred is an accomplished teacher and a nationally recognized scholar. In 1999, he received the University’s Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching. 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.