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Meet the Ombudspersons

The ombudspersons are available to meet with students, faculty, and staff, on or off campus, at the individual's discretion. Their hours are flexible, and a time to meet can be arranged by phone or e-mail. All discussions are confidential.

To contact Robert Thornton, call 610-758-3460 or e-mail rjt1@lehigh.edu. To contact Susan Szczepanski, call 610-758-3727 or e-mail ss08@lehigh.edu.

Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton is MacFarlane Professor of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and his B.A. in classical languages from Xavier University. Before coming to Lehigh, he worked as a research assistant for the Brookings Institution. He teaches courses in labor economics and statistics; his research interests include labor market discrimination, unions and collective bargaining, occupational licensing, and forensic economics. Robert has been chairman of Lehigh’s Department of Economics and is an associate director of the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise. He has also served as Lehigh’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA and as chair of the College of Business and Economics promotion and tenure committee. On the less serious side, he is the author of Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (Barnes and Noble Books, 2005).

To contact Robert Thornton, call 610-758-3460 or e-mail rjt1@lehigh.edu.

Susan Szczepanski

Susan Szczepanski is an associate professor in the Mathematics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and held a two- year post-doctoral position at M.I.T. before joining Lehigh. Her scholarly interests include geometric topology, singularity theory and, more recently, applications of topological concepts to the analysis of data. At Lehigh, she chaired the CAS Policy Committee and the Graduate and Research Committee, served as a member of the Faculty Steering Committee, the Faculty Personnel Committee, the Faculty Committee on Student Life and the Faculty Compensation Committee. As an ADVANCE chair, she serves on the leadership team of the NSF funded, Lehigh ADVANCE grant which aims to enhance recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields at Lehigh. In conjunction with Lehigh’s Outreach Office, she has participated as co-PI and senior personnel on two NSF-funded projects partnering Lehigh STEM faculty and graduate students with teachers in the Lehigh Valley area school districts with the shared goal of encouraging students in middle and high schools to pursue interests in the STEM fields.

To contact Susan Szczepanski, call 610-758-3727 or e-mail ss08@lehigh.edu.