Timothy K. Eatman is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Director for Research of Imagining America at Syracuse University. He provides leadership for coordinated research within the consortium and among national collaborators having primary responsibility for the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship (TTI). This major research group of the consortium produced a report on faculty rewards for engaged scholarship entitled Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University that Tim co-authored with founding IA director emerita Julie Ellison. The TTI research extends to a study of the aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early career scholars currently in progress.
Employing a sociological theoretical orientation and using survey research as his primary methodology, Tim conducts research that centers on equity issues in higher education by examining the relationship between institutional policies, programs and college student development in addition to the aforementioned IA centric research. A regular presenter at higher education workshops, institutes and conferences, Tim maintains an active research network to nurture eclectic interests which have been nurtured by several engaging posts inside and outside of academe. He has previously served as Program Coordinator for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Learning Technology Initiative, providing leadership for the implementation of an agenda focused on the uses of advanced technologies in Higher Education teaching and learning among the member institutions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy — a private (K-12) educational institution located in Harlem, New York; the Ann Arbor based non-profit, Michigan Reach Out — a K-16 campus-community mentoring initiative, College Unbound (Providence, RI) — a student-centered higher-education degree program in which students work with college faculty and community professionals in an active learning environment; and Friends of the Central Library (FOCL) located in Syracuse, NY. FOCL sponsors the Rosamond Gifford library speaker series, the largest of its kind in the in the United States. Tim is also a Fellow with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and a Visiting Fellow at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE).
Tim has published in such venues as the Journal of Educational Finance, Readings on Equal Education, Diversity and Democracy, and has written several other book chapters and reports. He sits on the editorial board of Urban Education and reviews for several scholarly journals. He is recipient of the 2010 Early Career Research Award for the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
Most recently he is working with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein South Africa to review its service learning/community engagement enterprise. He also has been appointed to the steering committee and as senior research advisor to The American Commonwealth Project, a partnership among colleges and universities, the White House and other federal agencies, including the Department of Education. Together these groups will participate in events, meetings and conversations with students, faculty, administrators and community leaders to promote colleges and universities as agents of democracy and change.