Scholarship and Creative Work
Research is a central component of Clark's mission. Faculty are engaged in cutting-edge scholarship and creative work across the breadth of the arts, humanities and the sciences. Each year the University formally recognizes faculty contributions in research whether this be in the form of books and peer reviewed publications, editorship of journals, major new research grants, contributions to professional societies and panels, and external honors and awards. In the past decade Clark has made major investments in facilities and infrastructure to support faculty scholarship. Important recent facility projects include the Traina Center for the Arts, the Lasry Center for the Biosciences, and the complete renovation of the main Goddard Library including the new Academic Commons at Goddard Library. Faculty scholarship has benefited from the addition of new endowed professorships, including such recent additions as the Michael and Lisa Leffell Professorship in History, the Robert Aram & Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen & Marian Mugar Endowed Chair of Armenian Genocide Studies, and the Henry J. Leir Endowed Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures.
In the sciences, Clark has a strong externally funded research profile in condensed matter physics, ecology and evolution, molecular biology, earth system science, and other fields. Faculty have access to world-class facilities and equipment, including major instrumentation such as a NMR spectrometer, DNA sequencing equipment, and a high performance computer cluster. Similarly, the social sciences generate an array of externally-funded research, spanning research in such fields as child and family development, environmental regulation, global economic change, and international development. Within the humanities, scholarship and creative work is supported by fellowships and by grants made by Clark's Higgins School for the Humanities.
The excellence of faculty research creates a strong platform for synergy between scholarship and teaching at Clark, and provides wonderful opportunities for students to be directly involved in cutting-edge scholarship. Survey data indicate that approximately ten percent of undergraduates are authors or co-authors of at least one scholarly publication at the time they complete their degree.
Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship.
Clark Labs for Cartographic Analysis, best known for its flagship product, the IDRISI GIS and Image Processing software, is dedicated to the research and development of geospatial technologies for effective and responsible decision making for environmental management, sustainable resource development and equitable resource allocation. Clark Labs leverages its academic base to develop innovative and customized research tools, provide software solutions to organizations in need and apply geospatial expertise to a range of real-world problems.
Heinz Werner Institute for Development Analysis is devoted to the application of developmental analysis to all psychological and psycho-cultural phenomena. The institute encourages interdisciplinary conferences and research cooperating among all groups whose primary interest is in the promotion of human development.
The Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education, a national leader in education reform, has as its core mission the development of exemplary models of urban schooling, teaching and teacher education through local partnership. The Hiatt Center aims to learn from these models and expand the knowledge base of effective practice through research. The work of the Hiatt Center serves as a catalyst for positive change in urban education both locally and nationally.
The Higgins School for the Humanities works to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of Clark University by fostering connection among the humanities disciplines (English, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, philosophy and history), by supporting humanities faculty research, and by offering public events to the community. For more than ten years the Higgins School has supported an African American Intellectual Culture series that brings experts on contemporary African American literature, history, theory and culture to campus.
The George Perkins Marsh Institute conducts collaborative and interdisciplinary research on human-environment relationships within a wide range of research themes such as risks and hazards, the human dimensions of global environmental change, resource and environmental policy, industrialization and globalization, and the development and application of geographic information science across multiple disciplines. Several centers are housed within the institute: the Center for Risk and Security, the Center for Technology, Environment and Development, and the Center for Community-Based Development.
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise seeks to improve, through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research, the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns. The institute focuses on important social issues, including such areas as education reform, environmental sustainability, access to healthcare, human development, well-being and global change. The institute achieves its mission through the promotion of an exemplary model of use-inspired research, sponsorship of projects in collaboration with other research centers on and off campus, publications, conferences and student internships.
The Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an intellectually dynamic forum for education and scholarship about the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and other genocides around the world. Dedicated to teaching, research and public service, the center offers the only Ph.D. in Holocaust history and genocide in the country, training the next generation of Holocaust and genocide historians, scholars, teachers, museum directors and curators, and experts in nongovernmental organizations and government agencies.