Dr. Tim Eatman
Dr. Tim Eatman, Dean of Honors at Rutgers University

Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D. serves as the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and Associate Professor in the department of Urban Education at Rutgers University - Newark. Prior to this his primary network of operation and leadership for over a decade was with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) serving as Director of Research (2004 – 2012) and Faculty Co-Director (2012 to 2017). Tim is pleased to be part of the team that transitioned the central office of IA, a national consortium of over 100 higher education institutions and community based partners working at the nexus of the cultural disciplines (humanities, arts and design) and publicly engaged scholarship, from Syracuse University to the University of California – Davis. His association leadership work continues in part as one of three national co-chairs of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN).

An educational sociologist who earned the 2010 Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), Tim was elected to the IARSLCE board of directors in 2016. He is a widely sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned local, national and international recognition for his leadership in advancing understandings about the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship in the university of the 21st century. He was recently recognized by the University of Illinois College of Education with its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Tim has published in such venues as the Journal of Educational Finance and Readings on Equal Education, Diversity and Democracy (AAC&U), and The Huffington Post. He has also written several book chapters and reports including the widely cited Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal IA research report on faculty rewards and publicly engaged scholarship. This work extends to a study of the aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early career scholars. Some of his most recent scholarship includes a major project as co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (2017). The core of Tim’s research takes up questions of equity in higher education and the larger society.

Navigating a range of conversations and collaborations critical to the amelioration of higher education, Tim strategically focuses his energy to participate in important efforts like The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Summer Institute on High Impact Practices of which he has served as a faculty member since its inception in 2011. He sits on the editorial board of University of Michigan Press - The New Public Scholarship book series, Urban Education (Sage), Diversity, and Democracy (AAC&U), is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Engagement Classification for Community Engagement. Pursuing a rigorous scholarly and writing agenda, Tim serves as a reviewer for several scholarly journals, publications and conferences.

Tim received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in College Student Development at Howard University, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development at Pace University. For more information please see his webpages at http://timothykeatman.com

Keynote Plenary 12:15-1:45 PM

Faculty as Change Agents: Inhabiting the Intersections of Equity, Full Participation, and Publicly Engaged Scholarship (PES) 

Festival Ballroom A

Facilitator: Tim Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the College of Arts & Sciences, Rutgers University.

In the context of swift and significant changes in academe, the principles and practices of equity, full participation, and publicly engaged scholarship (PES) are gaining increasing attention. An affirmative value, full participation enables all people - regardless of identity, background, or position in an institution - to flourish and succeed. Evidence is mounting that faculty who pursue PES, which is grounded in a framework of full participation, to find a deep sense of agency when the institutions in which they are located take strategic steps to align faculty rewards with engaged scholarship across the faculty roles. In this keynote address, Dr. Timothy Eatman will share perspectives as former faculty co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life about the nexus of issues of diversity, access and inclusion, and publicly engaged scholarship. This talk will pivot on full participation as a framework for developing community engagement initiatives that are integrated with strategies for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Session Three: Extended Workshop 2:00-4:00 PM

The Transforming Power of Story 

Festival Highlands room

The work of higher education transformation in general, of necessity, harnesses the power of story not unlike transformation in the larger society. Building upon emerging models of faculty development, the power of story can reveal faculty as co-learners and may serve to strengthen approaches to publicly engaged scholarship (PES). Professor Eatman will facilitate a story circle among conference participants, (1) inviting the creation of a space for sharing revitalizing and reinvigorating stories and (2) sharing story circles as a tool that draws on powerful strategies and methodologies of the humanities and arts.

Participants will make progress towards:

    • Co-creating a space for sharing revitalizing and reinvigorating stories, and
    • Learning the story circle methodology as a powerful pedagogical tactic.

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