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Meet the Deans and Director

Mary-Ellen Boyle

Mary-Ellen Boyle

Interim Associate Provost and Interim Dean of the College

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Mary-Ellen Boyle is interim associate provost, interim dean of the college, and associate professor of management at Clark University. She previously served as dean of the college and associate provost from 2012 to 2015.

Boyle has taught courses on Responsible Management in the Global Economy and The Art and Science of Management.

Her research interests include organizational and social change, especially with regard to liberal education, corporate citizenship, university-community partnerships, and the arts; resilience; and collaboration.

Boyle was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for 2015-2022, with an area of expertise in higher education. She was assigned to Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2016. In 2022, she was awarded a Leir Luxembourg Program grant for a mini-conference on “The Scholarship of Global Liberal Education: Establishing an Engaged Research Agenda.” She was named Best Faculty Member in the School of Management for 2018-2019.

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson

Assistant Dean of the College

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Evan Wilson has been working at Clark since 2017 and has served as the Assistant Dean of the College since 2023. Evan first started at Clark as the Associate Director of Study Abroad and Away programs and was promoted in 2020 to serve as the interim Director of First Year Experience and then later appointed the Director of Academic Transitions.

As Assistant Dean of the College, Evan oversees a variety of initiatives related to the undergraduate academic experience including the first-year academic program, the Curriculum and Careers Initiative, academic strategic framework planning, and serving as a liaison to departments across campus to support student success.

Evan is a proud Clark alum, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Social Change, as well as a master’s degree in Community Development and Planning. Before returning to Clark, Evan earned a master’s degree in Education from UMass Boston and held a variety of roles within education ranging from experiential learning facilitation, youth leadership program management, and classroom teaching.

Jennifer Plante

Jennifer Plante

Associate Dean of Academic Services

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Jennifer Plante has been working at Clark since 2000, and has been the director of the Writing Center and Writing Program since 2006. She has taught a variety of courses, including Expository Writing, Queer Horror, Writing: The Beats (a course that studies texts from Beat Generation writers), and has taught continuing education courses in both literature and film.

Plante 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 graduate degree in English from Clark University.

Steven Moon

Steven Moon

Director of Special Academic Opportunities

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Steven Moon (they/them) joined the Office of the Dean of the College as the Director of Special Academic Opportunities in January 2023. In this position, their aim is to help more students see themselves as competitive applicants for fellowships and scholarships for internships, research, and teaching both in the US and abroad. Steven will also coordinate numerous undergraduate research initiatives on campus, including summer research Opportunity Funds such as the HERO, Plave, Weiller, and Steinbrecher as well as ClarkFEST.

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Steven earned their BSEd at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and their MA and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the staff at Clark, Steven held a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Research Institute in Turkey, where they continued their research on Ottoman-era musical healing practices in contemporary clinical medical research. They bring with them experience as both a recipient of, and advisor of winning applications to, Fulbright, the Critical Language Scholarship, and more.

Faculty members can expect to hear from Steven throughout the academic year as your students are applying for fellowships and scholarships or submitting their work to ClarkFEST. In particular, an email from them might include:

  • Imminent deadlines for fellowship or scholarship applications
  • Upcoming information sessions for students
  • Offers to visit departmental meetings and discuss opportunities most relevant for your students’ discipline
  • Information about Opportunity Funding for summer internships and research
  • Promotional materials for ClarkFEST

Faculty are highly encouraged to get in touch to identify high-achieving students who are good candidates for programs such as the Fulbright, Goldwater, Boren, or Critical Language Scholarships. Remember that GPA is only one small component of these and that a competitive application encompasses leadership, engagement, and overall promise.

Contact Information

Dean of the College

  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center
    Room 229
    950 Main St.
    Worcester, MA 01610

Office Hours
  • To schedule an appointment with the Dean, please call 1-508-793-7671.