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Dr. Timothy Eatman Named Inaugural Seletz Visiting Civic Fellow

A national authority on engaged scholarship, Dr. Eatman will present a lecture on his research and conduct listening sessions with Widener faculty.

Widener University announces the selection of Timothy Eatman, Ph.D., a professor of education at Syracuse University and a national authority on engaged scholarship, as the inaugural Seletz Visiting Civic Fellow for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

As the Seletz Visiting Civic Fellow, Eatman will present a talk on his research related to engaged scholarship at 12 p.m. Monday, December 7 in Freedom Hall room 122. He will also conduct listening sessions open to Widener faculty at 4 p.m. December 7 and 9 a.m. December 8 in the University Center Webb Room.

“Dr. Eatman will utilize story circles in these listening sessions, so it is a chance to learn something about this methodology,” said Interim President Stephen C. Wilhite. “I urge all faculty to attend one of these sessions.”

The Seletz Fellow is an individual who is external to the Widener community who is selected for their expertise in civic engagement. The fellow meets with members of the university community to discuss the university’s civic engagement efforts and to offer advice on strengthening those initiatives in relation to their impact on student learning and on meeting the needs of community partners.

In addition to his faculty position at Syracuse, Eatman is co-faculty director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts and design. He is also co-principal investigator of a national research and policy project, the Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship. The research focused on improving rewards systems for faculty who practice engaged scholarship in the cultural disciplines.

Norman Seletz, for whom the fellowship is named, was a 1949 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College and had a long career as a civil engineer. A regular supporter of the Widener Fund, Seletz honored Widener with an estate gift upon his death in 2010 to support community outreach. This gift funds the Seletz Visiting Civic Fellow program.

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