Meet a Tiger – David S. Fleming
What I do at Clemson: Incoming associate dean of the Graduate School. Within this role I will be working with Dean Osborne and the rest of the Graduate School team with a particular focus on recruitment, admissions, orientation, enrolled student services and professional development. In addition, I will be managing various student-oriented committees such as Fellowships and Awards, Continuing Enrollment Appeals and Academic Integrity.
What I love about Clemson: Clemson is truly a unique university, having recently moved into the top tier of Carnegie Classification’s category of very-high research activity without compromising our land-grant status or focus on the undergraduate experience. The leadership necessary to balance these often competing factors has enabled this university to thrive in a competitive academic market. I am always eager to be associated with people, organizations and institutions moving forward. And, the Clemson Forward plan simply provides a roadmap for continuing that success. I am excited and invigorated to see the future unfold here at Clemson.
Accomplishment I’m most proud of: The accomplishment I am most proud of has been a collaboration among many surrounding the GoalPOST (Goal-oriented Performance in Out of School Time) program. As a faculty member in the School of Education and with the support of externally funded grants, I created the GoalPOST program in 2008 with two local Title I schools. A primary aim of the program was to provide additional learning opportunities at low SES schools for students outside of regular school time (e.g., before school, after school and summer). In addition, the program relies heavily on undergraduate students at Clemson for the academic support. With successful funding now spanning eight years, we have expanded the GoalPOST project to three school districts and nine total schools. Over the past eight years, literally hundreds of Clemson University students have either worked or volunteered with over 1,000 deserving, local elementary students with great success. The program received the College of HEHD Award of Excellence for Innovation in 2012 and I am always encouraged by the collective and individual successes with these students from the efforts of so many here at Clemson.
Where I see myself and the graduate school in five years: I am quite excited about the next five years in graduate education here at Clemson. First, I envision various components of the Clemson Forward plan associated with graduate education being implemented in a deliberate fashion. Among those include increasing national prominence for many academic programs and enhancements to the support and quality of graduate student life. As increasing numbers of our graduate students are pursuing Clemson graduate coursework and degrees in places other than the Clemson main campus (e.g., satellite campuses, online, etc.), there are particular needs in supporting those scenarios from both a student and program standpoint. I will also be looking at our marketing and recruitment practices to maintain our focus on enrolling the best and brightest for our graduate programs while also looking to expand enrollment for underrepresented populations. Essentially, I look forward to extending the pride enjoyed within the undergraduate “Clemson Experience” to the graduate level.
What is your favorite place in the world and why: The French Alps. I have been mountain biking there on several occasions and it is my absolute favorite activity. I look forward to returning at a time when I can concurrently be a spectator in the Tour de France bike race.
Who do you respect most and why: This is an easy one…my wife. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have four wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren. My wife is an amazing mother and friend who inspires me every day.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I participate (not compete) in marathons and completed two of them in one week during last holiday break. My strategy for each race is the same, I start out slow, and then I taper off.
–Emily DeCoursey, Class of 2016