Lynda Szymanski serves as associate provost at St. Catherine University. She provides strategic leadership for the Office of Academic Affairs, imparts institutional and historical context, and assists new academic leaders in their transition. Szymanski also oversees the Office of Scholarly Engagement at St. Kate’s, which houses undergraduate research programs, postgraduate scholarships and fellowships, the Antonian Honors program, Community Work and Learning (CWL), and Global Studies. She’s focused on increasing access to high-impact practices and creating clear pathways for students from across the University to engage in them.
Prior to serving as associate provost, Szymanski served as associate dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences from 2010-2013, during which time she led the development of the St. Catherine University Collaborative Undergraduate Research program, and continued to serve as its director through the summer of 2017. She is currently serving a three-year term as councilor in the Undergraduate Research Program Director Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research.
Szymanski earned a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from West Virginia University. She joined the psychology department at St. Kate’s in 1998 after completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, and her post-doctoral fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Szymanski’s area of specialty is health psychology, and her research focuses primarily on women’s health and body image concerns. She was a recipient of the Faculty Teaching and Advising Award in 2009.