Sean Schofield Ph.D.'22


  • Montclair State University, Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies
  • Montclair State University, Master of Arts in Counseling

What is your current graduate assistantship/job?
I am the Associate Director of Graduate Career Advising for the Mason School of Business at William & Mary.


What volunteer capacities are you involved in?

  • Mason Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member
  • Facilitator for D&I Conversations
  • Member of the President's Call to Service Council

What are your research interests?
I am interested in crisis leadership, feminism, and career success.

Why did you choose William & Mary?
I was originally drawn to William & Mary because of the historic feel and rich past, however, I quickly became engaged with the faculty and my peers, and began seeing immense value in the relationships I was able to cultivate. I began by taking a few classes and quickly knew that I'd found a home in the EPPL Higher Ed program. 

What is your favorite thing about the program?
My favorite thing about the program is the people. I surround myself with people who are smarter than me on a daily basis, and this stretches me and helps me grow in ways that I never expected. My faculty members believe in me, and challenge me to push the envelope. My peers drive me to be exceptional. I am enriched by students and staff, and I have grown as a scholar, a researcher, and a practitioner from my participation in this degree. 

How has attending William & Mary impacted your career to date?
As a career counselor, this question is incredibly important to me, and I cannot begin to count the way that I've been enriched in my career by participating in this program. Not only does my skill as a researcher influence my success on a daily basis, but my perception is also constantly challenged because of the coursework, discussions, and exposure I receive to influential literature. Studying leadership theories has helped me be a stronger employee and leaders in my area, understanding planning has assisted me through two different strategic planning cycles at two of my offices, policy has helped me understand how Higher Education fits into our greater society, and how our systems influence our institutions. These are just a few of the many ways that I've become a strong thinker, more critically reflective, and a more influential employee to William & Mary