As the inaugural director of the LEEP Center – home to Academic Advising, Career Services, Community Engagement, Study Abroad and Away and the Writing Center – Michelle is responsible for efforts to engage students in opportunities outside the classroom as well as preparing them for life after Clark.
Prior to joining the Clark community, Michelle was assistant dean and director of undergraduate research and a member of the sociology faculty at Fordham University. Michelle’s scholarly interests include the impact of advising and mentoring on student professional outcomes, and how engagement in experiential opportunities impacts student learning.
Michelle has been selected to participate in National Association for Colleges and Employers Leadership Advancement Program for 2015-16. She received the Excellence in Advising Award from National Academic Advising Association Region 1 in 2014. She received both a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona. She received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Hispanic studies from Boston College.
8/2/16 “We Are All Career Services” The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
- Blog post about how to cultivate partnerships and create a culture of professional awareness and development on college campuses.
5/24/16 “Changing the Culture of Advising on Campus: a Three-Pronged Approach” NACADA’s e-publication, Academic Advising Today
- Michelle co-authored this article with Jennifer Plante about Clark’s implementation of the LEEP model, and how academic advising has been rebranded through this cultural shift.
9/24/15 “Central Massachusetts College Road Trip: Clark University” U.S. News & World Report
- This interview explained what it’s like to attend college in Worcester as a ‘Clarkie’.
4/16/15 “So what was ‘Write to Change the World’ like, Michelle?” Byline Blog
- Interview discussing how The Write to Change the World seminar challenged Michelle Bata “…to think more carefully and expansively about her knowledge and experience, and why it matters.”
4/15/15 “Tips for Employers Looking to Attract College Graduate Talent” CareerBright
- This article, which Michelle guest authored, discusses how employers can attract more recent college graduates as well as obstacles facing graduates as they enter the work force.
2/15/15, “Employers seek grads with ‘soft skills’ more than specific majors” Worcester Telegram & Gazette
- Interview regarding the types of skills and experience that employers are looking for when hiring recent college graduates.
8/19/14, “Defining Undergraduate Research and Inquiry” Center for Engaged Learning
- In this video, “international teacher-scholars participating in the Center’s research seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research share their definitions of undergraduate research and inquiry.”
4/28/13, “Job market improves for recent college graduates” Boston Globe
- Interview about the increasing availability of job opportunities for graduates entering the job market.
July/August 2014, “Off-to-college checkup” Healthy Living Made Simple
- Article that will help incoming First Years brush up on basic skills that can help smooth their transition into college.
Selected to participate in Elon University’s Seminar for Engaged Scholarship on Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 2014–2016
Along with Jennifer Plante received the Excellence in Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 1, 2014
Awarded a Bringing Theory to Practice Grant (AAC&U sponsored funding) for “Improving retention by strengthening the personal and emotional well-being of Clark students through community-based learning and reflection” in 2014 with Denise Darrigrand.
Participated in the AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative Centennial Annual Meeting.