Claudia Scholz is a research development professional in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She specializes in research administration and faculty development.  Her interests include data scteaching & learning, technology, the non-profit sector, foster-care & adoption, among other topics.

Personal Introduction

I currently work as Research Programs Coordinator at Trinity University, a selective liberal arts college in San Antonio, Texas.  In this position, I serve as the university’s sponsored programs officer and coordinate the summer undergraduate research program.

My undergraduate degree is in Latin American Studies, with an emphasis on literature and U.S. immigration.  My master’s and doctoral degrees are in the sociology of international development.  I also have interests in non-profit organizations, community development, communication and educational technology, foster care and adoption.

I have worked as a researcher, instructor (high school and college level), author and editor.  Above all, I have been a learner, constantly changing careers, teaching new courses, and researching new topics.


1973 – born in Koblenz, Germany
1979 – family immigrated to United States
1991 – graduated from Beverly High School (Massachusetts)
1993 – Study abroad year at the Universided Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
1994 – thesis research on Dominican communities in Boston
1995 – graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) with a major in Latin American Studies
1996 – admitted to graduate program at The Johns Hopkins University
2001 – dissertation field research in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
2003 – accepted visiting instructor position at Colgate University
2004 – completed dissertation on the role of social capital in community development
2005 – received PhD. in sociology from The Johns Hopkins University
2005 – accepted Assistant Professor position at the University of Texas San Antonio
2006 – served as coordinator of UTSA’s Hispanic Leadership Program in Agriculture and Natural Resources
2007 – accepted position as Coordinator of Research Programs at Trinity University
2014 – accepted position at Director of Sponsored Programs at Spelman College
2017 – accepted position as Associate Provost for Research at Spelman College
2018 – accepted position as Associate Director for Research Development at the University of Virginia’s Data Science Institute
2019 – sometime this year the Data Science Institute will become a School of Data Science

Courses taught

  • Grant-writing & Fundraising (Fall 2013)
  • Internet &  Society
  • Sociology of Money and Markets (Economic Sociology)
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Social Research Methods
  • Classical & Contemporary Social Theory
  • Introduction to Sociology

1 Response to About

  1. Jane Burman-Holtom says:

    I appreciate your mind map. What I often find lacking is the vital element in the mix which I will call administration and strategy. If faculty with expertise in their fields are marginalized by administration, the system tends to focus on efficiency and corporate models, rather than an output of well educated students. Learning is not linear, and is subject to serendipity. How might this be incorporated into a mindmap?
    All the best,

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