Liz Stanhope

A liberal arts education prepares us to be versatile and effective as we wrangle challenging problems.

Associate Professor Liz Stanhope




Associate Professor of Mathematics


Mathematical Sciences

What three words would you use to describe Lewis & Clark?

Curious, Connected, Energized

How do you describe the liberal arts?

Why approach a problem with only a few tools? To make progress toward a more just world, we must be prepared to embrace challenges with a full suite of approaches. A liberal arts education prepares us to be versatile and effective as we wrangle difficult problems.

What do you enjoy most about Lewis & Clark students?

They have a variety of interests and dreams; there is no one way to be an L&C student. They are passionate and creative.

How does Lewis & Clark prepare students interested in your field to pursue a career and/or advanced studies after graduation?

While providing a strong grounding in the methods of the mathematical sciences, we also encourage students to connect what they are learning to their passions. This connection can occur through class projects, one-on-one conversations with peers and professors, colloquia, summer jobs—so many ways. A liberal arts math degree prepares a person for a wide variety of careers, and we work to support all students as they explore options.

What sets your department or program apart from other small liberal arts colleges?

Our community. There is no one way to be a mathematical sciences student at our college. However students, faculty, and staff in the department share the common vision that our work is made better by supportive connections between each other.

What should incoming students know about L&C?

Be proactive in engaging with the resources and opportunities offered by this college. Come by office hours to introduce yourself to professors and chat about what you love about your courses. Get to know peers, form study groups, join a club, study abroad. If things are tough ask for help, there are so many sources of support.

What brought you to L&C?

The opportunity to have an employer and a community that would allow me to flourish.

What’s the best thing about conducting research with students?

It’s the moment when the students have learned the background, done some reading, chosen to ignore my questions, and instead followed their intuition to come up with their own questions. THAT IS SO AWESOME!

Mathematical Sciences