Tim Podkul, Research Social Scientist, Center for Technology in Learning | SRI International

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Tim Podkul

Senior Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning

Tim Podkul, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at SRI Education, and co-founder of Improvement Analytics, a group within SRI focused on continuous improvement and helping clients meet their goals and increase impact through collaborative data analysis. Dr. Podkul’s work focuses specifically on the inclusion and broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM learning, and reducing the barriers to equitable access, participation, and achievement in STEM fields. His contributions to this work are through modeling social relationships in learning contexts in order to understand and optimize knowledge sharing, program development, and persistence in STEM education. His conducts organizational analysis and assesses and evaluates: networks and large-scale collaborations, informal science education partnerships, student learning through technology interventions, and efforts to bridge the gaps between research and practice.

In partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Dr. Podkul currently leads the INCLUDES Center, which aims to support NSF-funded INCLUDES projects to share ideas on improvement, improvement results, and resources. This work enables the field to draw generalities that are more likely applicable to a wider audience of interested researchers and practitioners working on similar problems across different contexts.

Additionally, Dr. Podkul trains researchers and practitioners to conduct continuous improvement at NSF-funded workshops, and through the SRI-led  Regional Education Laboratories for Appalachia and the Northeast & Islands, and the Helios Foundation.

An applied anthropologist by training, his specialization is in mixed-methods research design with a theoretical and methodological expertise in social network analysis and organizational change. He was a William J. Fulbright Scholar in Peru, and has years of international experience living in Botswana, Peru, Chile and Bolivia, dedicating himself to issues of equity and rural access to health and educational services in developing country contexts.


  • Ph.D., applied anthropology, University of Florida
  • MA, medical anthropology, University of Florida
  • BA, anthropology, Connecticut College

Professional Experience

  • Senior Research Scientist, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (2012-present)
  • Research Consultant, Stanford University, Graduate School of Education, Stanford, CA (2012-2015)
  • William J. Fulbright Scholar, Peru (2010)
  • Research Associate, Bureau of Economic and Business Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2007-2012)
  • Senior Project Associate, Development Alternatives, Inc., Bethesda, MD (2004-2006)

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Tim Podkul