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This Tiger describes her role at Clemson as a “connector.” As the university evolves and students’ needs change, she listens and makes connections so Clemson can be more impactful and intentional in supporting their success.

Meet Bridget Trogden.

Title: Associate dean in the division of Undergraduate Studies and associate professor in the department of engineering and science education

Years at Clemson: One-and-a-half

What I do at Clemson: I work on institutional priorities as guided by the ClemsonForward strategic plan. This includes the general education curriculum for our undergraduate students, measuring and enhancing opportunities for engaged learning in and out of the classroom and broad facilitation of collaboration among different Clemson consistencies. As a faculty member, I also teach and conduct research on pedagogies to improve student learning. I find it important to connect people and ideas.

What I love about Clemson: We are an institution that focuses on our students and their development. I am very happy to know that, as a whole, my faculty colleagues care about the same things that I do: Helping our students to learn and grow while also upholding our academic values.

My defining moment at Clemson: When it became impossible to walk across campus without seeing someone I know and stopping for a quick chat or conversation.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: I think that it was earning a place in the All-State Band in Kentucky as a high school senior. I did not go to a powerhouse high school, and there were little-to-no resources dedicated to the arts. I put in an abundance of practice time to master my instrument through the best way I knew how: steady work over a long period of time. I believe that the grit and professionalism that I learned in music has served me well in my academic career.

Where I see myself in five years: Doing much of the same: teaching, facilitating and solving problems.

Last thing I watched on TV: The first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s fantastic, funny and feminist.

Guilty pleasure: Driving Southern back roads while listening to good music or interesting podcasts.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I just can’t answer this one. I’m pretty much an open book!


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