Dr. David Scott Named Interim Director of the Center for Collaborative Community Research

In addition to his role as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Dr. David Scott will serve as the Interim Director of the Center for Collaborative Community Research (CCCR) beginning Monday, April 4, 2022.   

CCCR’s emerging vision is to be a regionally and nationally recognized home to innovative and community-based participatory research that engages faculty, staff, and students with community partners in ways that develop and sustain human and social capital across the Coastal Bend and South Texas. Through interdisciplinary and holistic approaches, the Center will study the impact of health, education, social, and cultural factors on the advancement of the region. As the interim director of CCCR, Dr. David Scott will lead the initial and ongoing development of the Center and will seek external funding to support its vision, mission, and goals.

Dr. Ahmed Mahdy, Vice President for Research and Innovation expressed, “I am confident that with Dr. Scott’s leadership and experience CCCR will strengthen the Island University’s position as the intellectual capital of the region and will further its community impact.”

Dr. Scott joined TAMU-CC in 2017 as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development and Professor of Kinesiology. He holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from Midwestern State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. He provides administrative oversight to four academic departments as well as the on-campus Early Childhood Development Center and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center in Corpus Christi. Prior to his current role, Dr. Scott served as Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His accomplishments in that role included developing a new collaborative research center and the associated support infrastructure for faculty that helped grow funded research in the College from $2 million to over $10 million in a five-year period. 

“We are delighted that Dr. Scott will help us launch the Center for Collaborative Community Research,” said Dr. Clarenda Phillips, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Because of his background and expertise, Dr. Scott is equipped to build multidisciplinary research teams to engage with the challenges our communities are facing today.”