Timmerman assistant VP for research, graduate education
Dr. Briana Crotwell Timmerman, associate dean of the South Carolina Honors College and research associate professor of biological sciences, has been named assistant vice president for research and graduate education in the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina.
Briana Crotwell Timmerman
Timmerman will work to increase the focus on professional-development opportunities for graduate students.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to meld my scholarship on how students gain research skills with the mission of the Graduate School and the Office of Research,” Timmerman said. “Our policy paper published in ‘Science’ this past July advocates for use of performance data rather than anecdotal evidence or proxy measures such as faculty productivity for making decisions about how to improve graduate education. I’m therefore looking forward to reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of the programs we currently provide as well as developing new opportunities.”
One of Timmerman’s colleagues and collaborators, David Feldon of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, describes this area of research as “groundbreaking.” “The acting assistant director of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation cited this work specifically as holding ‘promise to help build a useful base of evidence about how graduate students acquire the cognitive skills to succeed in different STEM disciplines’ during her Feb 2010 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology,” Feldon said.
Timmerman also will continue to secure external funding to enhance graduate education at USC, building on the $1.5 million she has generated the last five years.
Three years ago, Timmerman created the Honors College’s Exploration Scholars Program to increase interdisciplinary research, arts and humanities scholarship and creative inquiry at USC.
“Like the Graduate School, the Honors College serves and draws from all disciplines represented on campus,” she said. “Learning about the exceptional and creative scholarship in which our arts and humanities faculty engage has been one of my favorite parts of my time at the Honors College. I look forward to continuing that inclusive and comprehensive vision through the Graduate School’s educational mission.”