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“The HLLC is an expression of the vision and hope for building a strong society that is palpable at Rutgers University–Newark. This intentional program underscores our commitment to diversity and building civic dialogue.”
Dean of the HLLC and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the NCAS
Rutgers University–Newark

Dr. Timothy Eatman's Story

Dr. Eatman is the new Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He previously served as Associate Professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and faculty co-director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), a thriving consortium of over 100 colleges, universities, and cultural organizations—including Rutgers University–Newark—whose members strengthen the public roles of arts, humanities, and design fields through research and action initiatives, coalition building, and leadership development. He will continue to serve as co-director of IA until its central office moves from Syracuse University to the University of California Davis next July. 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 is a sought- after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned national and international recognition for his leadership in advancing our understanding of the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship. Most recently, Tim was elected to the IARSLCE board of directors.

For the past four years, he has served a faculty member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. He holds an appointment as Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa through the end of this year. As co-principal investigator of IA’s Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship, he co-authored its widely cited report, “Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University” (2008) with IA’s founding director, Julie Ellison, and organized a series of regional meetings with Campus Compact that involved more than 60 higher education institutions. This work on faculty rewards led to a second national study on the career aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early-career academic professionals who identify as publicly engaged scholars. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook on Service Learning and Community Engagement under contract with Cambridge University Press.

As dean, Tim will build on the incredible work of the faculty on the HLLC Curriculum Team, who dedicated their time over the past year to design and implement the first phase of a university-wide interdisciplinary HLLC curriculum focused on “Local Citizenship in a Global World.” This innovative HLLC curriculum is being designed for an intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning community comprised of students, faculty, and community partners focused on tackling some of the nation’s most pressing social issues. As such, the curriculum is committed to providing HLLC Scholars with the education, resources, and opportunities necessary to be the thought leaders within their fields, positive collaborators within their communities, and change agents in our world. To build organically on their own knowledge and lived experiences, HLLC Scholars learn to increase cross-cultural competence and approach local challenges that resonate globally from historical, philosophical, legal, scientific, and comparative perspectives.

The HLLC curriculum provides the flexibility to focus on issues ranging from civil rights, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, domestic and international violence, environmental justice, health inequities, and questions of democracy and citizenship. Tim is especially suited as a scholar and teacher to lead the development of the HLLC curriculum and the groundbreaking academic work that the HLLC will seed at Rutgers University–Newark and nationally across higher education. He will lead this transformative work and an outstanding team, including six new faculty mentors who will work in cohorts of ten students each, supporting the terrific HLLC Scholars, 87 in all (61% from Newark and 47% first-generation college students).