SMWC names Clark to lead academics

March 24th, 2011 | SMWC

Janet Clark

Janet Clark, Ph.D.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College announced the appointment of Janet Clark, Ph.D., as the College’s vice president for academic affairs (VPAA). Clark has held the position on an interim basis since July 2010.

Clark’s extensive experience includes responsibilities in higher education teaching and administration, as well as in private sector research. As an accomplished chemist, she holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of gas conversion and low-sulfur fuels.

“The selection of Dr. Clark upholds the tradition of having an outstanding scholar and teacher lead the academic area that is central to the mission of the college,” said Dottie L. King, Ph.D., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College president.  “Her ability to think strategically for the long-term success of the College will enable her to make a significant impact on the College’s future growth.”

Clark’s teaching career began at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2003 as an assistant professor of chemistry and physics. She served as the chairperson of the Department of Sciences and Mathematics and the Faculty Assembly President. A much-heralded teacher, Clark received one of the highest teaching honors at The Woods – the Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

“It’s an honor to have been selected as the VPAA,” said Janet Clark, Ph.D. “I am excited and challenged by this opportunity to serve the College as we move toward the bright future at The Woods. As a member of faculty, this responsibility is close to my heart and vital to the institution.”

As VPAA, Clark will be responsible for the coordination, development, integrity and quality of all academic programs; student learning and engagement; fiscal management; professional development; and implementation of the academic aspects of the strategic plan.

Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Millikin University and holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University. After graduating with her doctorate, she worked as a research chemist with the then Exxon Research & Development Laboratories in Baton Rouge, La.  Her areas of expertise include fundamental and applied research in hydrocarbon synthesis component involved in process, catalyst synthesis and regeneration, and catalyst testing and product quality. During her tenure, she was awarded 13 patents, as well as being a member of the Innovator of the Year research team in 2002. 

Her passion for the sciences expands well beyond the classroom. She is the author of 15 publications and numerous presentations ranging from inorganic chemistry, alternative fuels and instructional technology and gaining employment after graduate school. She is the current co-coordinator of Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science Conference, an organization that encourages young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. A member of the National Science Teachers Association and the American Chemical Society, she recently served as national president for Iota Sigma Pi, a national honor society for women in chemistry. 

Clark is married to Daniel Clark, assistant professor of history and coordinator of social studies education at Indiana State University.  They have two daughters, Betsy and Abby.

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