Bill Swallow “retired” but hasn’t gotten the hang of retirement yet and continues to be active in teaching and diversity work at the university as a Professor Emeritus. He has long been an ally and advocate for women and people of color. For many years he was Director of Undergraduate Programs and then Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Statistics, positions that afforded him welcome opportunities to promote recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from underrepresented groups. He takes great pride in his reputation as an effective advisor and mentor to these and many other students.
Bill serves on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Subcommittee of the University Diversity Advisory Committee (UDAC). In Summer 2006, he wrote a proposal to the university to create a GLBT Center on campus, and shepherded that proposal through UDAC and the Student and Faculty Senates. University administration agreed to establish the GLBT Center, and Bill now Co-Chairs its Advisory Committee.
Bill has been widely recognized for his teaching. He is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and in 2007 received the university’s highest teaching award, the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Mu Sigma Rho (national honor society for Statistics) Award for Statistics Education.
Bill has an A.B. in Social Relations (a combination of psychology and sociology) from Harvard, an M.S. in Fishery Biology from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in Biological Statistics from Cornell.