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Tim Clydesdale, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies creates opportunities for faculty development, including professional development for department chairs; facilitates the institutional strategic planning process; advances the culture of grant writing; expands the use of technology in teaching; and supports the development of innovative educational programs. The Vice Provost oversees the following units: the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, the Office of Instructional Design, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Sustainability Institute, and the Center for Community Engagement, which houses the Bonner Institute and the Community Engaged Learning Institute.

Tim Clydesdale is professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey. A first-generation college graduate, he earned his BA at Wheaton College (IL), and his PhD at Princeton University. An expert on young adulthood, higher education, and American religion, Clydesdale has been invited to share his research at more than 60 colleges, universities, and scholarly conferences around the globe.

Clydesdale is the author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School (University of Chicago Press, 2007), The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and, with co-author Kathleen Garces-Foley of Marymount University, The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults (Oxford University Press, 2019).