Every so often, during a moment of contemplation in between meetings, Associate Provost Ann McClellan reflects on her days of leading classroom discussions, usually one in Rounds Hall. Now an inhabitant of the Speare Administration Building, her new position takes full advantage of her intimate knowledge of teaching, the learning process, and the intricacies of student life.
After a much-deserved yearlong sabbatical filled to the brim with copious amounts of research, travel, and online jaunts through virtual stacks of scholarly books, McClellan made the leap from English professor to academic leader. A veteran member of the faculty, she received the Theo Kalikow Award in 2010, the Distinguished Academic Advising Award in 2015, and both the Distinguished Scholarship Award and Excellence in Faculty Service Award in 2016. She also served as English department chair for six years and has been significantly involved in the adoption of the Integrated Clusters learning model.
When I first heard the news that McClellan would be transitioning from teaching to academic affairs, I couldn’t think of a better fit for the job. Her passion for knowledge is palpable, a fact that quickly became clear to me as her student. McClellan is perfectly poised to continue making the great academic strides that she’s always prioritized for PSU students.
My bachelor’s is in English, and McClellan molded me into the critical, detail-oriented, and analytical individual that I am today. We’re bound together by the skills, strengths, and persistent curiosity that we share, and I’m grateful for the guidance and knowledge she bestowed.
Not to mention, we both love to read.
McClellan has stepped boldly into her new role, collaborating with colleagues on topics such as faculty development, community partnerships, program development, and faculty support. One key responsibility is navigating the ebb and flow of class enrollment, making sure that courses have enough seats and sections.
Effective communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and assessing an audience are just some of the necessary skills that McClellan taught undergrads and that she utilizes in her current work.
She reaches across disciplines daily to ensure that Plymouth State is continually working toward its vision of experiential learning and providing the most beneficial academic experience, and she bridges the gap between English professor and associate provost with genuine human connection. Chats over coffee and department-wide get-togethers afford her the opportunity to keep up to date on programs and personalities across campus.
An acclaimed Sherlock Holmes scholar, McClellan is currently mapping out her latest book, a deep dive into African American adaptations of the topic. Ever learning and teaching in a multitude of capacities, she intently presses on, advancing her field and the University as a whole.
■ Shannon Griffiths ’17