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Tim Clydesdale, Ph.D.

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Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies


The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies supports faculty development and review; nurtures a culture of grant writing; encourages expanded use of technology in teaching; ensures timely program review; and fosters development of new and existing graduate 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).