Dan Friedman provides leadership for four academic courses, including over 240 sections of the first-year seminar (UNIV 101), a research/inquiry course (UNIV 201), a residentially-based special topics seminar (UNIV 290) and a capstone seminar (UNIV 401). His major responsibilities include the recruitment, selection, training and support of 200+ instructors and 220 peer/graduate leaders; providing high quality faculty development to support excellence in teaching; developing and assessing course content; supervising a professional and graduate staff of ten people; strategic planning; and representing the program to multiple constituencies.
Dan is also an associated faculty member in the Higher Education Program in the Department of Education Leadership and Policies, where he teaches courses, advises students and serves on Master’s theses.
Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina, Dan served as Director of Freshman Seminar at Appalachian State University and Assistant Professor of Higher Education. He taught graduate courses on college finance, American higher education and organization and administration of higher education.
Dr. Friedman’s area of research has centered on the first-year experience and he has made numerous presentations and published several articles and monograph contributions on this topic. Dan has conducted a wide-range of assessment initiatives aimed at better understanding the efficacy of the first-year seminar. Dr. Friedman has served as an invited faculty of the Institute on First-Year Assessment and for the Institute on First-Year Seminar Leadership, both sponsored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
He has also served as a faculty member and practicum advisor for the Kellogg Institute on Developmental Education and on a SACS Accreditation Team as the Lead Reviewer of a Quality Enhancement Plan focused on learning communities and a first-year seminar. In addition, Dan has consulted with numerous institutions about the first-year seminar, learning communities, and the First-Year Experience. He is passionate about baseball, Bruce Springsteen, and spending time with his two daughters.
Doctor of Philosophy - Higher Education, 2004
University of Virginia
Education Specialist - Higher Education, Administration, 2000
Emphasis on Teaching of Learning
Appalachian State University
Master of Arts - Higher Education, Administration, 1998
Appalachian State University
Bachelor of Science - History, 1996
Appalachian State University
Van Haren, C. & Friedman, D. (Eds.) (2018). Transitions. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina.
Lichterman, H., Friedman, D.B, Fallucca, A., & Steinas, J. (2016). Common courses: A developing linked course perspective. In L. Chism Schmidt and J. Graziano (Eds.), Building synergy for high impact educational initiatives: First-year seminars and learning communities (pp 139-149). Columbia, SC University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Weigel, D. & Friedman, D. (Eds.) (2016). Transitions. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina.
Friedman, D. (2014). Four ways to ensure your university app connects with students. Ecampus News: Technology news for today’s higher-ed leader.
Friedman, D. (2012). The first-year seminar: Designing and assessing courses to support student learning and success: Vol 5. Assessing the first-year seminar. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Sewell, M.E. & Friedman, D. (Eds.) (2012). Transitions: Building a new community. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina.
Friedman, D. & Marsh, E.G. (2009). What Type of First-Year Seminar is Most Effective? A Comparison of Thematic Seminars and College Transition/Success Seminars. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Vol. 21, No. 1, (pp. 29-42).
Friedman, D. & Alexander, J. (2007). Investigating a first-year seminar as an anchor course in learning communities. Journal of the first-year experience and students in transition. Volume 18, No. 1, (pp 63-74).
Friedman, D. (2005). Appalachian State University. In B.F. Tobolowsky, B.E. Cox, & M.T. Wagner (Eds.), Exploring the evidence III: Reporting outcomes of first-year seminar (Monograph No. 42) (pp.13-17). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Friedman, D., Marsh, B., & Brantz, R. (2007). New connections: A handbook for Freshman Seminar, 5th Ed. Kendall-Hunt Publishers.
Friedman, D. (2005). Assessing the First-Year Experience. In Implementing a student success course. CD-ROM. Mc-Graw-Hill.
Authored two versions of the test bank for P.O.W.E.R. Learning Instructor Resource Manual, published by McGraw-Hill, 1999 and 2005.
Invited presentations, workshops & keynote addresses
- "A Primer on Developing, Implementing, or Re-Envisioning a First-Year Seminar", Preconference Workshop at the Annual First-Year Experience Conference (February 2018).
- "Engaging Students Through Active Learning and Meaningful Discussions" for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (December 2017).
- Invited faculty for First-Year Seminar Leadership Institute. Three presentations, including “Ensuring the Relevance & Excellence of the First-Year Seminar; “Using Peer Leaders”; and “Assessing the First-Year Seminar” (July 2017).
- Preconference Workshop on “Assessing the First-Year Experience” at the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (2010-2017).
- Preconference workshop entitled “Ensuring the relevance and excellence of the first-year seminar” and invited concurrent session entitled “Using Action Research to Ensure the Relevance and Excellence of the First-Year Seminar”at the Arkansas Student Success Symposium(March 2014).
- “Using Action Research to Ensure the Relevance and Excellence of the First-Year Experience”. Keynote Address at the NCCPA Research Symposium (February 2013).
- “Utilizing and Sharing Assessment Results” and “Assessing the first-year seminar” at First-Year Seminar Leadership Institute (October 2009).
- “Ensuring the relevance and excellence of your first-year seminar” and “Assessing the first-year seminar” at First-Year Seminar Leadership Institute (April 2009).
- “Assessing First-Year Seminars for Quality and Relevance” at the Institute on First-Year Assessment (October 2008).
- “Promoting greater success in college” to S.C. Commission on Higher Education (June 19, 2008).
- Invited Faculty for First-Year Seminar Leadership Institute (April 13-15, 2008).
- “Assessing STEM programs” for National Association of Multicultural Engineers (November 1, 2007).
- “Assessing First-Year Seminars” webinar for Academic Impressions (September 2007).
- Targeting Approaches to Developmental Education: First-Year Seminars and Learning Communities” and “Best Practices in First Year Seminars: Faculty Development and Assessment” at the Advanced Kellogg Institute (July 31 & August 1, 2007).
- “Assessing the First-Year Seminar” at the Summer Institute on First-Year Assessment (June 11, 2007).
- “Applied Assessment Techniques” at the Summer Institute on First-Year Assessment (June 27, 2006).
Concurrent sessions at national conferences
- Instructor Development: Foundational Building Blocks for First-Year Seminars at the International First-Year Experience Conference (June 2013)
- Using Campus Partnerships to Enhance the First-Year Seminar at the 32nd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2013)
- Full Circle: Using Assessment to Improve Approaches to Faculty Development at the 31st Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2012)
- “Informing & Improving Our Approaches to Information Literacy” at the 30th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2011; Co-presented with R. Padgett & P. Millard).
- “Ensuring Relevance Through Effective Course Review” at the 29th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2010; Co-presented with J. Latino & S. Bennett).
- “Focusing on What Matters: Using assessment to create effective faculty development” at the 29th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2010; Co-presented with J. Latino & J. Powell).
- “Integrating a Freshman Seminar into Learning Communities to Increase Academic Performance and Student Engagement” at the 25th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2006).
- “Using the New York Times in a first-year seminar” – Panel presentation at the 25th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (February 2006).
- “Developing Momentum for Liberal Learning: Strategies and Structures for First Year Student Engagement” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (January 2006).
- “Using the Student Development Task and Lifestyle Assessment (SDTLA) for Individual and Program Assessment in First-Year Courses” at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (February 2005).
- “Improving Summer Bridge Programs” at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience. (February 2005).
- “Smart Classroom: An exciting environment for teaching and learning” at the 19th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (February 2000).
- “Expanding Campus Connections: A Collaborative Training Model for Freshman Seminar Faculty and Freshman Interest Groups Teams” at the 19th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (February 2000).
- “Summer Preview and Freshman Summer Readings: Two Strategies for Building Academic Communities Before Fall Semester” at 18th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience in (February 22, 1999).