Tim Schedl, PhD, professor of genetics, is recognized for his significant and lasting impact in teaching graduate students in the areas of genetics and genomics.
Schedl is a recognized leader in graduate education within the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) whose commitment and effectiveness extend well beyond his own laboratory. Schedl and James Skeath, PhD, have co-directed the DBBS’s Molecular Genetics and Genomics program for seven years. Under their leadership, the program has nearly doubled its matriculation rate and has achieved one of the DBBS’s lowest attrition rates. He originated the program’s Genomics course, with Barak Cohen, PhD, and has run the Advanced Genetics course for 14 years. To foster critical grant-writing skills, Schedl introduced the practice of having students write mock grants and give and receive criticism, a technique that is now emulated in other courses. Recognizing a growing need to provide graduate students skills in functional genomics, he co-originated a course to teach students genomic approaches and become sophisticated users of computational tools.
Students describe Schedl as an enthusiastic, challenging and supportive teacher whose comprehensive knowledge and varied teaching approaches provide them with a strong background in genetics on which to build for the rest of their careers. Taking a personal and active interest in every student, he excels in asking questions and providing comments that help students think deeply about their work. He is also known for generosity in providing much-appreciated mentorship to junior faculty, helping them to become better teachers themselves.
Schedl received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in 1977 and his doctoral degree in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also performed his postdoctoral training. He joined the Washington University faculty in 1989. He holds editorial responsibilities with several major journals and has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) panels.