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Graduate Education announces new staff appointments

Strengthening commitment to student support

Jonas Clark Hall

John LaBrie, dean of the School of Professional Studies and associate provost for professional education at Clark recently announced new staff appointments.  “We are extremely pleased to welcome these outstanding members to our team,” he said. “Each brings unique qualities that serve to strengthen our commitment to providing students with comprehensive support in their studies at Clark and beyond.”

Sarah Lopolito
Sarah Lopolito, Assistant Dean for International Educational Programming and Director of American Language and Culture Institute

In recognition of her work developing new programs, both on campus and overseas, Sarah Lopolito has been appointed the assistant dean of international education programs. In her new role, she will be working on program development, implementation, and assessment for both face to face and remote programs in Worcester and other parts of the world. She will also continue as director of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI).

Lopolito began her career in education in 1997 as an elementary school teacher. In 2009, she shifted her focus to English as a second language instruction and the development of English language programs.  Prior to working at Clark, she was director of the intensive English program at the University of Rhode Island and was instrumental in the program achieving full accreditation. A thought leader in her field, Lopolito believes that focused and personalized instruction creates an enriching learning experience.

Lopolito came to Clark in 2017 as the director of ALCI and has completely revamped and strengthened Clark’s academic English programs, launching the flagship English for Academic Success program, the international Pathway Program for undergraduate students, and the Graduate Pathway Program in both Worcester and Shanghai. She also spearheaded the creation of a variety of support services for Clark’s English language learners.

She received a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from New School University, and both a master’s in educational leadership and administration and B.A. in elementary education and special education from Providence College.

Todd Bartlett
Todd Bartlett, Director of Experiential Learning

Todd Bartlett has been appointed the director of experiential learning at the School of Professional Studies (SPS). In this role, he will strategically develop, implement, and evaluate experiential learning initiatives across the SPS portfolio. Working closely with faculty, Bartlett will ensure that new and existing courses include experiential learning opportunities for student-driven and faculty-supported projects. He will also develop and maintain relationships with for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations to provide meaningful student internship and capstone options.

Prior to coming to Clark, Bartlett was the manager of career development, employer relations, and industry partnerships for Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where he identified, engaged, and secured corporate partners as project sponsors. In addition, Bartlett co-developed experiential learning approaches by collaborating with faculty and project sponsors and provided career coaching and education to Questrom graduate students. By cultivating relationships with employers, Bartlett helped to create more full-time and internship opportunities.

Bartlett holds a Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies and a M.Ed. in education and leadership studies from Boston University’s Wheelock School of Education and Human Development.