Assistant Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Education

Undergraduate Departments

  • Education


  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Temple University
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, Temple University
  • M.A.T. Music Education, The University of the Arts
  • BM Jazz Guitar Performance, The University of the Arts


David D. Timony holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and is a teacher, speaker, and researcher with more than 20 years’ experience in the classroom. He is a regular presenter at local, national, and online conferences and seminars. David draws upon his life as an artist and musician to bring creativity to his educational work and has been recognized for his approach in creating and developing tailored programs for individuals, groups, and institutions. When not at his desk, Dr. Timony enjoys time with his family, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and chairs the Board of Directors at Miller Rothlein (www.millerrothlein.org).

Dr. Timony's career began as a music educator, studying at The University of the Arts with Dennis Sandole, Gerald Veasley, Sean Deibler, and John Blake. There he earned his BS in jazz guitar performance and Master of Arts in Teaching. After several years in the classroom, Dr. Timony earned his EdM and PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University. Since that time, he has worked as an adjunct assistant professor in the Temple University's Graduate Department of Psychological, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in Education teaching coursework in statistics, research, learning theories, and assessment. 

Dr. Timony's personal research focuses on the identification, measurement, and development of expertise and high level skills. His dissertation research explored teacher expertise, student perceptions of teacher expertise, and the effect that the interaction of these constructs has on the outcomes for teachers and students. In addition to his work on Expertise, Dr. Timony is currently researching the influence of explicit instruction of pro-social strategies on classroom behavior.  A regular invitee to national and international conferences, his research has been presented at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Temple University’s Department of Psychological Studies in Education, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and Phi Delta Kappa International’s Summit on Teacher Quality and Retention.

Presentations and Publications

Timony, D. D. (2014, October). Using student feedback to improve teacher preparation and teaching practice. Presented at The 43rd Teacher Education Assembly of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. Bridging research and reality: Practice-based evidence, Harrisburg, PA.

Timony, D. D., Ritzius, M., & Miles, C. (in process; abstract accepted). Twitter: Personal learning network or personal echo chamber? Learning, media, and technology.

Timony, D. D., Generation “Y” Read. Presentation to Delaware Valley College faculty, Professional Development Brown Bag Series. April 30, 2014.

Daly, B. P. & Timony, D. D. (2014, April). Teaching Children to Succeed: A University-Elementary Schools Partnership to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health in Students. Poster session presented at the Research, Policy, and Practice Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Timony, D. D.. (2013). Rethinking community chest. Presented at AIECTC conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Timony, D. D.. (2013). How I learn. H. Bullock (Ed.), How I learn (77 - 79). Cork, Ireland

Timony, D. D. (2013). Evaluation/Frustration: Teacher evaluation in a sane world. Presented at EdCampIS for Independent Schools at the Wharton School of Business.

Timony, D. D. (2012). How to become great at anything and why you are being misled by the media. Presented at BarCamp Philly at the Wharton School of Business.

Timony, D. D. (2012). He She They We: Tools for faculty evaluation and development. Presented at EdCamp Leadership at the Foundation for Educational Administration, Monroe, NJ.

Timony, D. D. (2011).  Tacit Knowing in Digital Realms: Roadblocks to Teaching and Learning. Presented at Edscape Conference, New Milford, NJ.

Timony, D. D.(2011). What do you think you're doing, Dave? Presented at the Reform Symposium: Online Global Conference for Educators.

Timony, D. D. (2011). Symposium on the Preparation of Undergraduate Education Students to Teach Adolescents, Philadelphia, 2011 Topic: Digitirati or Literati? Confronting the Cyber media Monster

Timony, D. D. (2011). You’re going to teach me what?! Presented at EduCon 2.3 Encienda.

Timony, D. D. (2011). What your brain thinks of you. Presented at EdCamp NYC at The School at Columbia, University.

Timony, D. D. (2010). Teacher (mis)behaviors and their effects. Presented at Higher EdCamp Philly at the Wharton School of Business.

Timony, D. D. (2010) Teacher behaviors and their outcomes. Presented at EdCamp Philly at Drexel University.

Timony, D. D. (2009). Observation of teacher Expertise behavior based on a checklist developed from student perceptions. Research presentation at Phi Delta Kappa International Summit, 2009.

Timony, D. D. (2008). Student Perceptions of Individual Teacher Expertise. Research presentation at Conference of the International Education Department; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Timony, D. D. (2007). Student Perceptions of Individual Teacher Expertise. Research presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Research Conference


t: 215.489.4124
e: david.timony@delval.edu

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Other office hours and virtual hours by appointment