Clemson College of Education names Leigh Haltiwanger interim executive director of field and clinical partnerships and outreach
Leigh Haltiwanger, senior lecturer in the Clemson University College of Education, has been named interim executive director of field and clinical partnerships and outreach. Haltiwanger’s main focus will be to provide visionary leadership in areas of school and agency collaborations and field and clinical experiences.
This position is vital to the college, as educator preparation programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels require field and clinical experiences for P – 12 programs, the student affairs program and clinical and mental health counseling programs. Haltiwanger is excited to take on a challenging and important role in the college.
“I’m looking forward to collaborating with all levels of leadership inside and outside the college,” Haltiwanger said. “Nurturing existing partnerships and cultivating new relationships will only strengthen our field and clinical programs.”
In this role, Haltiwanger will collaborate and communicate with faculty, staff, the associate dean, department chairs, the coordinator of field experiences and the director of assessment and accreditation. Through these collaborations, Haltiwanger will develop, implement and sustain partnerships that allow the College of Education to enhance the professional development experiences for alumni and partnering schools and districts.
These development opportunities only improve the effectiveness of educators throughout the state, so Haltiwanger will also help the college collect and analyze data that will identify the strengths and needs of programs while meeting national reporting requirements. As a senior lecturer at Clemson, Haltiwanger looks forward to using this opportunity to champion faculty involvement in the college as well.
“In order to achieve its mission, the College of Education wisely values the voices of everyone involved with that mission,” Haltiwanger said. “I look forward to ensuring that college faculty and associated committees and agencies have a voice in that process.”
Haltiwanger will begin the position on August 15.
Haltiwanger has taught courses in secondary education, coordinated Clemson’s MAT program and Tigers Teach Noyce Scholarship Program, and supported student teachers since 2011. Prior to her arrival at Clemson, she taught high school and middle school mathematics, served as an instructional specialist in mathematics for South Carolina’s S2TEM Centers and was a Cognitive CoachingSM Agency Trainer.
Haltiwanger’s research includes mathematics instructional coaching and pre-service teacher development. She is a graduate of Clemson University and the Citadel and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clemson’s curriculum and instruction program.