Dr. Caroline Schauer, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, effective July 1, 2018. The position carries a three-year term.
In this new role, Dr. Schauer is tasked with overseeing four goals related to the success and professional fulfillment of faculty: developing and implementing strategies to promote respect, inclusion, and diversity within the college; developing and implementing faculty recruitment outreach and recruitment strategies; ensuring that faculty have the necessary resources to be successful by identifying key needs; and helping to manage the faculty information reporting process, including matters associated with annual reviews, college tenure promotions, and dossier standardization.
Since arriving at Drexel in 2003, Dr. Schauer has leveraged her research and teaching in ways that contribute to a broad constituency on campus and beyond. She served as a departmental graduate advisor, which led to an increase in the domestic applicant pool in terms of diversity, quantity, and quality; she worked to revamp the graduate curriculum; and she has been a leader in developing forward-thinking courses for undergraduates and graduates, most notably “The Art of Being a Scientist” for first-year grad students.
In addition, Dr. Schauer ran a National Science Foundation Experience for Undergraduates program for seven years that hosted upper-level engineering students. She recently participated in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program, which advances leadership potential of senior female faculty from across the nation. Dr. Schauer has herself received several mentoring awards, and has chaired the MSE department awards committee for several years.
Dr. Schauer served as chair of the Fellowships and Awards Committee for the University Council of Graduate Affairs, and was recently honored with the Harold M. Myers Award for Distinguished Service for her dedication to and work on programs and initiatives that have advanced Drexel’s mission.
This year, Dr. Schauer was promoted to full professor, which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2018. She will continue her research in investigating bio-recycling processes that enable the sustainable use of waste materials in new applications.
Dr. Schauer will have an office in the Dean’s suite.