Dr. Barbara Speziale

Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Watt Center
Director of Creative Inquiry, Clemson University

PhD, Zoology
MS, Botany
BA, Biology and English Literature

Dr. Barbara Speziale is the associate director for academic affairs in the Watt Family Innovation Center and a professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University. She previously served as associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and associate dean in Public Service Activities. She directs Clemson’s Beckman Scholars program and the Creative Inquiry program that supports team-based research experiences for more than 4,500 undergraduate students each year.

She recently completed the SC Life Education and Outreach program that provided science enrichment activities for K-12 students and teachers for the past 17 years. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, she established Clemson’s FIRST program to support students who are the first in their families to attend college. Speziale has received more than $14.5M in external grants for science research and education as well as state and national awards for education, service, and scientific awareness.

Dr. Speziale received her PhD in Zoology from Clemson University, her MS in Botany from the University of Minnesota and her BA in Biology and English Literature from the State University of NY at Binghamton.