Staff Bios

  • Timothy K. Eatman, Co-director

    Previous to becoming co-director, as IA’s research director, Tim Eatman provided leadership on key research and action initiatives that have shaped regional, national and global conversations about publicly engaged scholarship. As co-principal investigator of the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship, he co-wrote its seminal report, “Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in Read more...

  • Scott J. Peters, Co-director

    Scott Peters has devoted his professional career to studying and strengthening higher education’s public mission, purposes and work. His research agenda focuses on the connections between higher education and democracy, especially in the land-grant system. His most recent book, “Democracy and Higher Education: Traditions and Stories of Civic Engagement” (Michigan State University Press, 2010), contributes Read more...

  • Kevin Bott, Associate Director

    Kevin Bott is a scholar and practitioner of grassroots community-based performance, with a specific interest in performance as liberatory space and practice. In addition to consulting nationally with IA member institutions and partners on engaged art and scholarship, Kevin is IA’s Director of Cultural Organizing and leads IA’s annual organizing institutes and national conferences. He is the Read more...

  • Jamie Haft, Assistant Director

    As Assistant Director for Imagining America (IA), Jamie Haft is organizing campus leadership teams within IA’s consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities and directing story-based campaigns in multiple media. Serving as communications manager from 2011-2013, Jamie directed IA’s marketing, social media, and media relations, bringing IA national visibility. For example, her article about IA Read more...

  • Holly Zahn, Communications Coordinator

    As Communications Coordinator, Holly Zahn manages media, communications, and special projects for Imagining America, and plays a key role in capturing and articulating stories from the consortium. Previously, Holly was selected as a 2012-13 IA Engagement Scholar, during which time she collaborated with IA Assistant Director, Jamie Haft on The New Activists: Students in the Community,” a web Read more...

  • Karen Boland, Office Supervisor and Budget Manager

    Karen Boland is Imagining America’s Office Supervisor and Budget Manager. She is responsible for day-to-day operations within the office and is also in charge of Imagining America’s finances. Karen has worked at Syracuse University for the last 17 years, starting at Syracuse University Press and more recently at Say Yes! To Education.

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