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Biological Sciences Profiles

Barbara Speziale

Professor and Associate Director, Watt Family Innovation Center
Director, Creative Inquiry
Biological Sciences Department

Office: 344E Watt Family Innovation Center
Phone: 864-656-1550
Vita: Download CV


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Zoology
Clemson University 1985

M.S. Botany
University of Minnesota 1977

B.A. Biology and English Literature
State UNiversity of NY at Binghamton 1974

 Courses Taught

none currently
BIOL 110 and 111 Principles of Biology
BIOL 103 Freshman Biology
BIOSC 494 Creative Inquiry
BIOSC 493 Senior Seminar
BIOSC 730 Natural History of the Piedmont and Mountains of South Carolina
BIOSC 730 4-H20 Aquatic Systems
BIOSC 849 Scientific Publication – Grant-Writing


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 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.

 Research Interests

Education research: student engagement, first-generation student success
Science research: freshwater algae; nuisance cyanobacteria; diatom ecology; limnology

 Extension and Outreach

Extension water quality Coordinator for SC (1998-2002)
Extension water quality education programs and publications: Life at the Waters Edge; Home A Syst; 4H20 - Pontoon Classroom.


Mikhailova, E.A, Post, C.J., Sharp, J.L., Sharp, J.L., and B.J. Speziale. 2015. Creative Inquiry in Soil Science: Soil inventory of private lands. Technical Contribution No. 6357 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Nat Sci. Educ. 44:1-8

Pargas, R. P. and Speziale, B. J. (2014). Revamping the Classroom – Teaching Mobile App Software Development Using Creative Inquiry. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU), April 1–3, 2014, Barcelona, Spain. (in press)

Speziale, B. J. (2013). Creative Inquiry Impacts on Economic Development. CURQ on the Web. Fall 2013.

Allard, C. M., Whittington, D. and Speziale, B. J. (2011). The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in the Lake City Market Area: A Case Study of Technology-intensive Community-based Research. In: Bowden, M. A. and Carpenter, R. G. (Eds.), Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices, (pp 381-386). IGI Global. Hershey, PA.


Watt Family Innovation Center
Creative Inquiry
SC Life