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Tim Podkul

Principal Researcher, SRI Education

Tim Podkul, Ph.D., principal research scientist at SRI Education, is director of the INCLUDES National Coordination Hub, which supports the National Science Foundation’s flagship INCLUDES program in building a network to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by broadening participation in those disciplines. The Hub seeks to amplify network members’ efforts to improve equity in STEM by providing technical assistance, developing shared measurement strategies, and assessing the network’s collective impact

Podkul is also the acting director of the Learning Analytics Team, a group within SRI focused on continuous improvement and helping clients meet their goals and increase impact through collaborative data analysis. Podkul’s work focuses specifically on reducing the barriers to equitable access, participation, and achievement in STEM learning and careers. 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. He 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. He has partnered with a range of clients to design, support, and evaluate Networked Improvement Communities to drive continuous improvement in education.

Podkul also trains researchers and educators to conduct continuous improvement at NSF-funded workshops, through the SRI-led Regional Education Laboratories for Appalachia and the Northeast & Islands, and for the Helios Foundation. He has published and presented across a variety of disciplinary journals and conferences, including methods-focused publications. He serves as an external advisor on projects and as a peer reviewer for AERA and the International Conference for the Learning Sciences.

An applied anthropologist by training, he specializes 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 worked on improving equity and rural communities’ access to health and educational services in Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Botswana, and South Africa.


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

Professional experience

  • Principal 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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