Boothroyd, Sheppard to join Office of Vice Provost for Graduate Education

John Boothroyd

John Boothroyd

Sheri D. Sheppard

Sheri D. Sheppard

Two faculty members—John Boothroyd, a professor of microbiology and immunology, and Sheri D. Sheppard, a professor of mechanical engineering—will join the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education as associate vice provosts in September.

"I am delighted to welcome two colleagues who are not only well respected in their fields and home departments, but also are highly regarded for their impressive records of university service and mentoring for Stanford graduate students," said Patricia Gumport, vice provost for graduate education.

Mark Horowitz, a professor of electrical engineering, finishes his two-year term as an associate vice provost for graduate education at the end of the summer quarter. Horowitz served as co-chair of the university Commission on Graduate Education, whose 2005 report recommended creating the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. The office was established in January 2007.

"We are all grateful for Mark's significant contributions in helping to launch the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education," Gumport said, adding that Horowitz's leadership in interdisciplinary education could be seen in the Stanford Graduate Summer Institute, which offers free interdisciplinary courses to graduate students.

During the 2008-09 academic year, Boothroyd and Sheppard will help to conceptualize and develop pilot programs in leadership and professional development. In addition, they will contribute their expertise to existing programs designed to support graduate-student diversity and promote innovation within and across graduate programs.

Boothroyd served as senior associate dean for research and training at the School of Medicine from 2002 to 2005 and also was a member of the Commission on Graduate Education. He served as chair of the school's Microbiology and Immunology Department from 1999 to 2002.

In addition to teaching graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows, Boothroyd teaches an undergraduate course on modern plagues. This summer, he will offer a second round of his popular Stanford Graduate Summer Institute course, Using Different Approaches to Solving Complex Problems: Responding to Pandemics.

Sheppard, co-director of the Center for Design Research in the School of Engineering, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Stanford since 1986. She is a nationally recognized expert on engineering education. She led a three-year study of engineering education in the United States at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The study, "Educating Engineers," is expected to be released later this year by Carnegie and publisher Jossey-Bass.

In 2006-07, Sheppard served as chair of the Faculty Senate. For the last decade, she has been the faculty adviser to the Mechanical Engineering Women's Group at Stanford, which holds an annual seminar series and a welcome program for all female engineers.