Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award

August, 2014

Pamela L. Clark, Faculty member, Department of Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

John Anderson photo.

It seems inevitable that Pamela Clark’s path would bring her to Plymouth State University.

Today, Clark teaches a variety of courses, including Vision, Synergy, and Synthesis in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program, Collaborative Leadership as part of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership, and Work as a Personal Journey in the master of arts in Personal and Organizational Wellness (POW) program at PSU, but when she began her own personal journey, she was a newly-minted Keene State College graduate and special education teacher. “I worked with students who had multiple challenges,” Clark explains, “and while I didn’t think of it as a personal philosophy at the time, I was very focused on helping all students recognize that they’re capable of more than they believe possible, and then, nourishing each student’s unique expression of those abilities.”

As Clark continued her own studies at PSU and the University of New Hampshire, she advanced from teacher to administrator to graduate teaching lecturer, gravitating to teachers and mentors whose spiritual approach toward education mirrored her own. When the opportunity arose to be part of the new Personal and Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH and OATH) certificate programs at PSU, she embraced it. “My early career was grounded in a ‘traditional’ view of education, but I’ve always had a spiritual aspect to my life and work, integrating a connection to nature and the sense of a larger power in the universe. When I was younger, including the spiritual in my teaching was more intuitive, but it is very deliberate now,” she notes. “I love creating learning experiences that change the consciousness of students, helping them move beyond simply learning something new to embracing the ‘spirit’ or ‘energy’ to actually transforming how they see the world and their place in it.”

PATH and OATH seminars are presented in a three-day retreat format and draw on techniques such as meditation and guided visualization, which Clark says draws students from virtually all careers, age groups, and walks of life. “The programs foster participants’ awareness of the interaction of mind, body, and spirit in holistic healing and wellness,” Clark says. “Students are able to make the experience highly personal, about their own transformation, or choose to apply the same concepts to transforming the work environment.”

In addition to teaching at PSU, where colleagues have referred to her as an incredible faculty member who demonstrates her love of teaching in every course she facilitates, Clark serves as a consultant in leadership, adult development, and organizational change, working with schools and districts across New Hampshire. “My passion is facilitating individual and organizational growth and transformation, and this has become my life’s work regardless of the venue,” she says. “We’re fortunate to live in a time when people are reawakening to their interconnectedness, feeling a greater reverence for the planet, and realizing the importance of working together and with a higher power.”

Clark’s path also led her to the family-owned Dimond Hill Farm, which she and her partner are the seventh generation to operate. Here, the mission honors the land and creates healthy food for everyone who visits.

Clark is profoundly grateful for the opportunities she’s been given on her journey. “So many blessings have flowed into my life: countless teachers and colleagues, students and supporters, even ideas, and of course, work that I love.”

Donna Eason ’85

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