Academic Affairs

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Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for all aspects of the academic planning and administration related to academic departments, academic support services, faculty and student matters.


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Davis Baird

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Davis Baird is the chief academic officer of Clark University. Reporting to the President, the Provost oversees all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as student affairs, sponsored research, and university libraries. He can be reached at 508-793-7673.

Vice Provost
Andrea Michaels

Assistant to the Provost
Debra Brenner

The Assistant to the Provost provides primary staff support for the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is the primary manager of faculty processes, including support for faculty governance, managing the teaching evaluation process, faculty sabbaticals, faculty personnel records etc. She provides overall management of the Academic Affairs support staff. Deb can be reached at 508-793-7766.

Secretary to the Provost/Office Assistant
Mary Alice Wood

Mary Alice Wood is the first point of contact for Provost related scheduling/calendar items.  She is responsible for processing all part-time faculty contracts as well as all faculty travel requests. Mary Alice is with the office full time and can be reached on 508-793-7673.


Dean of the College

Associate Provost and Dean of the College
Mary-Ellen Boyle

The Dean of the College is responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration of all undergraduate programs and related activities. She can be reached at 508-793-7671.

Senior Associate Dean
Kevin McKenna

Dean McKenna can be reached at 508-793-7468.

Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College
Kim Fisher

Kim can be reached at 508.793-7671.

Secretary to the Senior Associate Dean/Office Assistant
Annalies Codelia

Annalies can be reached at 508-793-7468.


Dean of Research

Associate Provost and Dean of Research
Nancy Budwig

The Associate Provost and Dean of Research serves the University as Associate Provost and Dean of Research. Her research responsibilities include leadership in developing the research mission of the University. Major responsibilities include: managing the OSPR staff; promoting faculty research; and oversight of regulatory compliance including human participants, environmental health and safety, patents and copyrights, and the University’s conflict of interest policy. The Dean of Research is the authorized signatory for all sponsored programs and research at the University and provides final approvals on major budget related matters.

In her role as Dean of Research, Dr. Budwig works closely with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office in University Advancement and the OSPR on obtaining external funding. Dr. Budwig also works closely with the Provost on strategic initiatives and implementation plans for Clark’s research centers and institutes.

Director of Sponsored Programs and Research
Susan Puryear

The Director assists the Dean of Sponsored Research in both working with the University community to obtain and administer external support for research, as well as managing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR). The Director’s responsibilities include the stewardship of federal grants for University signature programs, review and approval of grants and contracts, sponsored research opportunity development, support of faculty research through assisting in the identification of funding opportunities and strategic collaborations, and providing education and support services throughout the granting process from application to award management

Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs and Research
Lisa Gaudette

The Assistant Director is the first point of contact for grant-related matters in the office from pre-award to post-award. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the OSPR assisting with obtaining and administering external research support, reviewing grant and contract project budgets, coordinating all electronic submissions, interfacing with accounting on grant financial matters, and reporting on key indicators of grant activity.

Assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Diane Sainsbury

The Assistant is the first point of contact for IRB related matters and is responsible for overseeing the organization of proposal submissions and the meetings of the IRB. Additionally, Diane processes research related Non-Employee Affiliations, provides general office support for grant related activities, and is working on improvements to our website content.

Office Assistant for Nancy Budwig
Annalies Codelia

Annalies can be reached at 508-793-7468.


Dean of Graduate Studies

Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
William Fisher

Graduate School Coordinator
Denise Robertson