Welcome Back! Chase-Lansdale Returns to SESP Faculty

Welcome Back! Chase-Lansdale Returns to SESP Faculty

Lindsay Chase -ansdaleNorthwestern University professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale has rejoined the School of Education and Social Policy faculty after a seven-year tenure in the Provost's office.

Chase-Lansdale, the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, served as vice provost for academics where she worked on faculty diversity and inclusion, multidisciplinary research initiatives, as well as faculty wellness, leadership development, and shared governance. 

She formed and led a Faculty Diversity and Excellence group and helped develop and enhance resources available for faculty searches. She also launched the Provost’s Advisory Council on Women Faculty, which resulted in new faculty mentoring, recruitment and retention initiatives in addition to an examination and revision of faculty-facing policies to enhance equity.

Chase-Lansdale also helped establish the Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity and the Provost Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity (later named after former provost, Daniel I. Linzer). In addition, she fostered the expansion of the then-Feinberg School of Medicine faculty wellness program to become University-wide and available to all faculty.

Chase-Lansdale also stewarded a number of faculty scholarly initiatives, two of which resulted in the establishment of multidisciplinary, pioneering institutes: the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) and the Institute for Innovation in Developmental Sciences: Healthier, Earlier (DevSci).

“It has been inspiring to be part of new relationships that show significant trust and communication,” Chase-Lansdale said. “My seven years in the Office of the Provost were very meaningful, challenging, and rewarding.”

Chase-Lansdale, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, will continue researching familes and child development issues, including two-generation education programs for low-income families which simultaneously combine education and workforce training for parents with Head Start for their children. Her findings suggest that such programs may open up more life opportunities for families facing economic hardship. 

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By Northwestern News
Last Modified: 9/17/20