Plymouth State University Names Ann McClellan, Ph.D. Associate Provost

Plymouth State University (PSU) announced today it has named Ann McClellan, Ph.D., as Associate Provost. McClellan has taught British literature at PSU for 14 years, during which time she also served as the English Department Chair for six years and Women’s Studies Program Chair for four years.

“Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Associate Provost role,” said Donald L. Birx, President, Plymouth State University. “Her deep commitment to the entire PSU community, and the leadership she has shown over the years will be tremendous assets to our faculty and students alike. Ann was visionary in embracing the clusters approach, leading the development of the Arts & Technologies Cluster, which will enable her to ensure that faculty are supported as they collaborate across disciplines, and that our students have opportunities for enriching clusters experiences.”

McClellan has been very involved in the campus community since she first joined the PSU faculty in 2005. She became involved with several major initiatives and policy-making committees while teaching and advising students and student groups. Most recently, she oversaw the evolution of several departments into one interdisciplinary Arts & Technologies Cluster. McClellan was also elected by her fellow faculty members to lead a cross-campus leadership team in 2018 to help the University further integrate the clusters educational model.

“I am very passionate about the integrated clusters educational model and the level of innovation it is bringing to our students and their educational experiences,” said McClellan, “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues across all disciplines to help them continue incorporating pedagogy and clusters into their classes, and helping students develop the problem-solving skills they need to be successful.”

Through her classes, McClellan helped her students explore questions of literary value and previous judgements and the interconnectedness of history and text, enabling them to think, speak and write about texts in interesting and sophisticated ways. Her research explores the complex relationships between literature and culture, ranging from fictional representations of British women intellectuals to fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ann to the Academic Affairs leadership team,” said Robin Dorff, Ph.D., Provost, Plymouth State University. “I personally look forward to collaborating with Ann as we continue to develop challenging and engaging ‘real world’ learning opportunities for our students that will prepare them to be significant contributors and effective leaders when they leave PSU.”

PSU has honored McClellan several times over the years for her outstanding work and contributions to the community. In 2016, McClellan was recognized with Awards for Distinguished Scholarship and Excellence in Faculty Service. PSU also honored McClellan with the Distinguished Academic Advising Award in 2015 and the Theo Kalikow Award in 2010.

McClellan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati.

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