PLYMOUTH — “It’s absolutely all about the students. To be a part of the journey in helping people get to where they want to go – it doesn’t get any better than that.”
That’s the philosophy of Plymouth State University faculty member Pamela Clark, who is this year’s recipient of PSU’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award.
Clark, ’85G, has worked in education in New Hampshire for more than 30 years, first as a teacher and principal and currently as a faculty member in PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. A member of the Plymouth State community since 2003, Clark’s passion and life work is facilitating individual and organizational growth and transformation. PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier, believes Dr. Clark’s experiences as a teacher and principal bring a richness to the classroom.
“Our graduate students benefit from her expertise in leadership development and change management,” Bernier said. She is highly effective in the classroom, and I’m pleased to see her recognized in this way.”
“I hope that my students would say that I really helped them to find themselves; that I helped them to develop the courage to step into who they truly are and helped them to move forward with their dreams and to make their contributions to the world,” said Clark.
Students and colleagues alike speak highly of Clark’s skill in the classroom, where she uses a variety of innovative teaching methods, and constantly looks for creative ways to engage her students. Clark credits her mentor, the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU’s former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies, with guiding her career path.
“She saw in me something that I didn’t even know I had and encouraged me to begin teaching here; it was her energy, her passion and belief that I could do it,” Clark said.
Clark teaches graduate and doctorate level courses in leadership development, group dynamics, adult development, and change process. During her tenure in the classroom, she believes education has taken an ever widening perspective.
“The globalization aspect –that we’re pulling in students from around the world, that our students are traveling around the world, striving to have an impact in places beyond our country. That’s a really exciting and significant change,” Clark noted. “We’re waking up to how interwoven the world is, and I don’t think anything but good can come from the growing understanding, the relationships we’re developing, and our ability to work together and across the whole globe.”
Clark also expressed thanks to those who nominated her for the Teaching Award.
“I hope it’s because of the passion and love for the work that I do, and I hope it’s because I’ve made a significant contribution to the University and even more so to our students,” Clark said. “One of the things I truly love about Plymouth is the incredible quality of people this campus draws — outstanding, stunning people full of heart and energy.”
Clark earned a Bachelor’s in Education from Keene State College, a Master’s in Administration from Plymouth State University, and a certificate of advanced graduate studies and a doctorate in Administration from the University of New Hampshire.