Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D.

Syracuse University
Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life
School of Education
“Knowledge does not live at the university.  Knowledge must flow in multiple directions to be most useful and impactful. When we talk about community-engaged work, it is two-ways; it has to be.”

Timothy Eatman, an Assistant Professor of Higher Education, teaches courses on the American Colleges and Universities and Understanding Educational Research. Professor Eatman joined the Syracuse University community in the fall of 2007 after a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.  He is also the Director for Research for Imagining America (IA), a national consortium of academic and community institutions designed to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the humanities, arts and design is involved in a national research and policy project called the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship focusing on improving the rewards system in academe for faculty who practice engaged scholarship in the cultural disciplines. As the research director of IA, Eatman recently served as a scholar-in-residence at the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa to review and evaluate its current community engagement and service learning practices, as well as the institutional life of the university. In addition he has worked as the Associate Director for Research and Policy for the Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program at Bowling Green State University. This work emanates from Eatman's research interests in students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and the impact that their participation in research opportunity programs has on career trajectory.

Eatman will steer the committee of the American Commonwealth Project (ACP) as a senior research advisor for “We the People” in the upcoming year. The ACP is a partnership among colleges and universities, the White House, and other federal agencies, including the Department of Education designed to collaborate with students, faculty, administrators and community leaders to promote colleges and universities as agents of democracy and change. Overall, promoting the national campaign to make “agents and architects” of democracy out of already existing institutes of higher education with a special emphasis on schools which have high percentages of minority, first-generation, and low-income students. Both national achievements honor Eatman’s expertise in civic engagement and knowledge of using democracy and social service to promote higher education particularly for underrepresented groups.

Democratic purposes of the humanities, arts and design, rewards system in academe and tenure policeis, engaged scholarship, community engagement and service learning, Science Math Engineering and Technology (SMET), minority, first-generation, and low-income students.

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