Dr. Dianne Timm
Dr. Diane Timm arrived at Eastern Illinois University in August 2011, joining the faculty in the college student affairs master’s degree program. She brought with her an extensive background in the student affairs field and is an excellent example of the experienced faculty boasted by EIU’s CSA program.
“I’ve worked at a variety of institutions in various roles,” said Timm, whose career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she was a hall director with the schools Office of Residence Life while pursuing a degree in community counseling with a college student development emphasis.
“Following that, I worked at Nebraska Wesleyan University and The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Residence Life,” continued Timm. “I spent six years serving as a member of UMR-ACUHO through their Vendors Committee and Membership Committee.”
The next stop was a three-year stint at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., as the Director of Community Life, where she oversaw a number of student life/Greek programs. That gave way to doctoral studies at the University of Georgia; while there, she was a grad assistant in the school’s housing office.
“During this time in Georgia, I served on the Georgia College Personnel Association Executive Board as the representative for private colleges in Georgia,” said Timm. “Upon completion of my doctorate, I returned to the Midwest to work at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. I served as the associate dean of students for five year. In this capacity, I oversaw the orientation program, Greek life, student activities, civic engagement, and the student union.
Dr. Timm in the classroom
“Cornell College is unique in that it is known as a one-course-at-a-time (OCAAT) institution, one of only four in the United States. Learning to be a student affairs professional at an institution like this provided many unique and interesting opportunities.”
For the past six years, Timm has also served on the American College Personnel Association-College Student Educators International Assessment and Evaluation Directorate board.
“I would like to say that I had an intentional career path when I left my undergraduate institution, but I did not,” confessed Dr. Timm. “I thought I would some day be a vice president for student affairs or even a college president. However, life has an interesting way of taking us down a variety of paths.
“I’ve worked at large research institutions and small private liberal arts institutions. I’ve worked at co-ed and single gender institutions. I’ve been part of crisis response teams, program development teams, accreditation committees, and task forces on various topics and each has taught me how to work with people across the institution and the importance of collaboration and a sense of identity as an institution.
“These experiences have been both rewarding and challenging and have provided me with insight and experience that I am able to bring in to the classroom, or to the thesis process when working with our students. I wouldn't trade my career path for anything because while unintended, it has brought me to a place where I can share my experiences with students, while still continuing to learn as I teach. My students benefit through the examples and experiences I bring in to the classroom each time we meet.”
Timm says she spent several years searching for the right teaching job at the right institution, and EIU was an attractive landing spot because of the CSA program’s status as a master’s-only course of study with a thesis component.
“As someone who has great passion for the field of students affairs, I wanted to find an institution with a strong reputation for producing professionals who serve in practitioner roles across the United States,” said Timm. “However, when I came to campus and met the faculty, students and staff, I knew EIU would be the perfect fit for me. The collaboration, respect and desire to make EIU the best is evident in each person you meet.”