Sarah de Swart, PhD served as the Director of the Faculty Development Center from 2017-2020. Dr. de Swart joined UCITE in 2001, first as Assistant, and then Associate Director, and most recently served as its Interim Director after the retirement of Dr. Mano Singham in 2015. In her role as Director of Faculty Development, she continued to be engaged with faculty, designing and implementing programs around the concepts of skills development and mentorship. Dr. de Swart retired from the university in July 2020.
Dr. de Swart is an organizational and communications consultant, certified executive coach, team facilitator and professional voice and speech coach with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of personal and professional development. A graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in History and Literature, de Swart holds a Master’s degree in Theater Arts and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a professional actress who has performed on local and national radio and television commercials and training videos. She has been an integral part of the Learning Fellows, Mentor Fellows and Glennan Fellows programs, as well as leading numerous University teaching and learning sessions. In addition, she (in partnership with Dr. William Doll), has taught Presentation Skills workshops across the campus for the past 7 years, now totaling over 350 total seminars.