Academic Affairs

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Office of the Dean of the College: Meet the Deans

Matt Malsky
Associate Provost and Dean of the College

MATT MALSKY has been at Clark University full time since 1994. As associate provost and dean of the college, he is responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration for undergraduate programs and related activities. He has previously served as the George N. & Selma U. Jeppson Professor of Music, chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts and the director of the interdisciplinary Culture Studies and Communication program.

Matt is a composer whose music has been performed and acclaimed internationally. His compositional style is characterized by its rhythmic vitality and dramatically crafted gestures, and has been described as economical, eloquent, intellectually rigorous, and emotional compelling. His virtuosic works for acoustic instruments with live computer processing have attracted the interest of outstanding soloists including John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Esther Lamneck (NYU), Frank Cox (c-squared), Seth Josel and Isabel Ettenauer. The Penderecki String Quartet commissioned his second string quartet, Lacan. His third quartet, Berlin, Symphony of a Great City is an accompaniment to that classic silent film. Together with his first string quartet, these have been released on compact disc through the Centaur label. His recent chamber music, an aural map of emotions, is available on Ravello Records as GEOGRAPHIES & GEOMETRIES with the Radius Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. His music for silent film may be heard at here.

Matt studied composition with Conrad Pope and Harold Shapero as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. He holds the Ph.D. in music composition from The University of Chicago where he studied with Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran and Howard Sandroff. His work has been recognized with awards and grants from ASCAP, Brandeis University, Kurt Weill Gesellschaft, the Hillery Family Charitable Trust, NSF/Chicago Materials Research Center, Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, American Composer's Forum, and others.

As a scholar, his research examines from a psychoanalytic perspective the intersections of music, technology and culture in the post-World War II period. His articles are published in the areas of ethnomusicology, cultural and film studies by the Illinois and Wesleyan University Presses, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury Publishing, and journals Search, Reconstructions and World Picture Journal.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, 206 Geography Building • Worcester, M.A. 01610-1477
mmalsky@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7671 • Fax: (508) 793-8834


Michelle Bata
Associate Dean and Director of the LEEP Center

MICHELLE BATA is associate dean and director of the LEEP Center. She oversees the offices of the LEEP Center — including Career Services, Community Engagement, Study Abroad, and the Writing Center. She has responsibility for LEEP Center Advising and LEEP Projects.

Prior to joining the Clark community, Michelle was assistant dean and director of undergraduate research at Fordham University. She also served as a member of the sociology faculty, for which her research and teaching interests focused on global inequalities and gender and families.

Michelle received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Arizona. She received her AB in sociology and Hispanic studies from Boston College.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, LEEP Center • Worcester, M.A. 01610-1477
mbata@clarku.edu or leepcenter@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7287 • Fax: (508) 793-7189
Drop-in Office Hours — Thursdays 1:00 - 2:45 p.m., and by appointment.


Phil Robakiewicz
Associate Dean for Student Academic Success

PHIL ROBAKIEWICZ, began as the Associate Dean for Student Academic Success in September, 2014. His primary responsibility is to ensure that students are engaged in their Clark experience and are advancing toward degree completion, as well as  preparing for opportunities beyond Clark. This work primarily involves advising students who are experiencing academic difficulties, and advising high-achieving students who may be eligible to seek prestigious national and international fellowships and scholarships.

Phil comes to Clark from Northeastern University, where he was the Associate Director of the Office of Academic and Student Support Services in the College of Professional Studies. He has 20 years of experience in teaching and advising at the university level as well as expertise in educational measurement and educational policy, having worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education as well as for Measured Progress, a large-scale student assessment firm. He brings a strong academic background in biology, educational assessment, statistics, and environmental science to his work, having spent 10 years in university teaching, beginning at Clark and later at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Phil received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Medicine from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Connecticut where his dissertation was on the behavioral ecology of a tropical dart-poison frog. His ecological research later focused on behavioral aspects of conservation biology in New England ecosystems.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, 100 Geography Building • Worcester, M.A. 01610-1477
probakiewicz@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7462 • Fax: (508) 793-8834


Jennifer Plante
Acting Director of Academic Advising and LEEP Center Adviser

JENNIFER PLANTE has been at Clark full time since 2007, when she became the Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program. During her time at Clark, Jennifer has taught a variety of courses, including Expository Writing, Introduction to Literature, Writing: The Beats, Difficult Dialogue courses for the Higgins School of Humanities, and she has taught Continuing Education courses in both literature and film.

Jennifer comes to this position with a lengthy history in the Worcester area. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Humanities; after working as a technical writer in the area, Jennifer decided to pursue a Master’s degree in English from Clark University.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, LEEP Center • Worcester, M.A. 01610-1477
jplante@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7469 • Fax: (508) 793-7189