Innovator David Timmerman hired as Carthage provost
David M. Timmerman, dean and vice president of academic affairs at Monmouth College, will become Carthage’s provost and chief academic officer Aug. 1.
He is an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator who has overseen the development of the academic program of Monmouth, a private liberal arts college in western Illinois. He worked collaboratively with faculty to create successful interdisciplinary programs in global food security, global public health, arts management, and peace and social justice.
“Colleges need to prepare students for society as it exists, not as we wish it existed,” Mr. Timmerman said. “At the same time, faculty and administrators should work in thoughtful, reflective ways to develop programs that are consistent with institutional values and that seek a better society for tomorrow.
“This approach is what impresses me about Carthage College and is one of the many reasons I am excited to join the Carthage community.”
He succeeds David Garcia, who rejoined the Carthage faculty in February as a professor of English. As provost, Mr. Timmerman will guide the college’s educational programs and direct the allocation of its academic resources.
“One of the many ways that David impressed the Carthage community was in his deep commitment to faculty development, which runs alongside a devotion to students and an appreciation of the need to both honor the liberal arts tradition and innovate,” said Carthage president John R. Swallow.
Mr. Timmerman and his Monmouth colleagues secured grants from the Mellon, Lilly, and Margaret A. Cargill foundations to support innovations in the first-year experience and a range of academic initiatives. During his eight years at the college, Monmouth significantly revised the general education curriculum, implemented inclusion and diversity initiatives, and added two short-term learning experiences to the academic calendar.
His scholarship has focused on rhetoric in ancient Greece, and how rhetoric developed as a discipline in conjunction with the birth of democracy and the liberal arts tradition. Mr. Timmerman has taught courses such as Citizenship, Classical Rhetoric, African American Rhetoric, and The Rhetoric of Humor.
Mr. Timmerman has contributed to a number of books on the subject, most recently as co-author of “Public Speaking and Democratic Participation: Speaking, Listening and Deliberating in The Civic Realm.” Published in 2016, it addresses civic engagement at a time of increasing turbulence in the public realm.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Timmerman went on to earn a Master of Divinity from the Denver Seminary. Ordained in a nondenominational church, he has served in various ministerial roles at three Evangelical Covenant Church congregations. Called to Wabash College in Indiana for a temporary assignment, he fell in love with teaching and the liberal arts experience.
After earning a Doctor of Philosophy in communication from Purdue University, Mr. Timmerman began his formal academic career at Wabash in 1994. There, he worked in roles of increasing responsibility for 16 years, receiving the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005.