Carolyn J. Stefanco
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of History and Women's Studies
M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton
Ph.D., Duke University
Teaching and Scholarly Interests
A scholar of women's history in the U.S. Civil War South and the nineteenth-century West, Carolyn J. Stefanco is a member of the first generation of professors trained in women's history and women's studies. Prior to her arrival at Agnes Scott, Vice President Stefanco taught at Oklahoma State University, Wheaton College (Mass.), and at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) where she served as director of women's studies, director of the Forum on Women, Science, and Technology, department chair of history, and special assistant to the dean for faculty development. She also held a position as founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus.
Vice President Stefanco received a B.A. in history and a certificate in women's studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. in women's history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. She completed the Harvard Management Development Program and the American Council on Education's Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, and is currently a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies, and she has published in the areas of southern and western women's history. She is a frequent speaker about a variety of higher education topics, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Vice President Stefanco was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. Over her career in higher education, she has also served as resident director of a London Study program at the University of London and has created programs for student exchange and faculty research in Honduras, Brazil, Portugal, and Croatia. She received the 1989 Faculty Appreciation Award for Teaching at Wheaton College, and the Richard K. Simon Outstanding Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly in 2007.