Dr. Lynn Lambert joined students and fellow professors October 27 for Tuesday Tea. Dr. Lambert is a computer science professor as well as the Interim Director for Graduate Student Studies here at Christopher Newport University.
Dr. Lambert grew up in Florida, but applied to two schools in vastly different parts of the country. She had spent about a year near Chicago and loved the city, so applied to the University of Chicago. Her older sister wanted to go to Wellesley College, but couldn’t. Dr. Lambert applied and ended up studying at Wellesley, an all women’s college in Massachusetts and the sister school of MIT. Dr. Lambert majored in Latin, but also took the two computer science courses that were offered and several math courses during her undergraduate studies.
After graduating, Dr. Lambert applied for various jobs and got hired as a Payroll Programmer for the Navy. There were few computer science degrees at the time, so major didn’t matter as much for programming jobs. She began taking graduate level courses that segued into teaching.
Dr. Lambert traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand. There, she taught at the University of Canterbury, gave talks, and spent time touring New Zealand. In research universities such as Canterbury, most professors taught only one class a semester and were quite removed from the students. Her time in New Zealand gave Dr. Lambert an appreciation for what it’s like to teach at one such research institution. She gave talks about computer science education in the United States. The New Zealand Secretary of Education attended one of her talks.
Dr. Lambert arrived at Christopher Newport almost by accident. She applied to over 100 universities around the United States. Christopher Newport gave her a call, and despite this school being nothing like what she was familiar with, she came for a campus visit. Upon arriving here, she realized that the faculty were incredibly welcoming and the environment was upbeat and exciting.
Now, Dr. Lambert is the Interim Director for Graduate Student Studies and oversees the four graduate programs at Christopher Newport University. This is her “favorite thing [she’s] done at CNU.” She offered advice for students about to graduate, “As much as you can, be curious. The more curious you are, the more opportunities you will find.” She also advised students to “try new stuff,” because that is how she got where she is.
Thank you to Dr. Lynn Lambert for sharing her wisdom. Hopefully we can be inspired by her curiosity to all explore the world ourselves and be open to new opportunities.