Academic Affairs

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Office of the Dean of the College: Meet the Deans

Mary-Ellen Boyle
Associate Provost and Dean of the College

Mary-Ellen BoyleMARY-ELLEN BOYLE has been at Clark University full time since 1998. As associate provost and dean of the college, she will be responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration for undergraduate programs and related activities. She has previously served as an associate professor in the Graduate School of Management, associate dean of the college, faculty director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and PI/PD for a Davis Educational Foundation $250,000 grant for revising aspects of the undergraduate curriculum.

Mary-Ellen received her M.B.A. and Ph.D. degree in sociology from Boston College, and her B.A. from Yale University in American Studies. She has held faculty appointments at Vassar, Emmanuel, and Roger Williams, and taught M.B.A. and undergraduate courses on managing change and conflict, making a difference, sustainable economic development, business and society, business ethics, global management, gender and organizations, professionals and culture, and the sociology of education.

Mary-Ellen's research focuses on the intersection of the private and public sectors, with particular emphases on business, education, and community-university partnerships. She is fascinated by social phenomena in which boundaries blur, as exemplified by arts in business, service and learning, scholarship and practice. Her work has been widely published.

Previous to her academic career, Mary-Ellen managed training for the Connecticut Mutual Insurance Companies, worked as a federal program manager for the U.S. Department of Education, as an educational policy specialist and workforce development planner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as a high school English teacher.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, 206 Geography Building • Worcester, MA 01610-1477
mboyle@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7671 • Fax: (508) 793-8834
Drop-in Office Hours — Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m


Kevin McKenna
Senior Associate Dean of the College and Director of Academic Advising

Kevin McKennaKEVIN MCKENNA has been part of Clark administration since 1987. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Joseph’s Seminary along with a year of graduate study in Theology, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College, and a M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Kevin taught middle school English and high school Religion in New York City before becoming director of counseling and associate dean at Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York. From there he became director of student development at Quinsigamond Community College.

He has been a lecturer at Seton College, Quinsigamond and Lesley University. After completion of his doctorate, Kevin came to Clark University as associate dean of students in 1987 and then became associate dean of the college in 1990. At  Columbia University, his research was focused on academic advising administration which has continued to be a major focus of his professional life. Kevin served for several years on the board of the National Association of Academic Advising. He loves traveling, playing racquetball, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Contact Information:

Clark University • 950 Main Street, 208 Geography Building • Worcester, MA 01610-1477
kmckenna@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7468 • Fax: (508) 793-8834
Student Appointments Available Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m.


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 MA and PhD 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, MA 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, MA 01610-1477
probakiewicz@clarku.edu • (508) 793-7462 • Fax: (508) 793-8834