Academic Affairs

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Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for all aspects of the academic planning and administration related to academic departments, academic support services, faculty and student matters.


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Davis Baird

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Davis Baird is the chief academic officer of Clark University. Reporting to the President, the Provost oversees all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as student affairs, athletics, sponsored research, graduate admissions and marketing, international programs, and the university registrar.

He can be reached at 508-793-7673.

Academic Affairs Operations Specialist
Amy Lee

The Assistant to the Provost provides primary staff support for the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and for the Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty. She is the primary manager of faculty processes, including support for faculty governance, managing the teaching evaluation process, faculty sabbaticals, faculty personnel records etc. She provides overall management of the Academic Affairs support staff. Amy can be reached at 508-793-7766.

Assistant to the Provost
Tracy Leonard

Tracy is the first point of contact for Provost-related and Dean of the Faculty-related scheduling/calendar items and is responsible for processing all faculty travel requests, among many other duties. She can be reached at 508-793-7673.


Dean of the College

Associate Provost and Dean of the College
Matt Malsky

The Dean of the College is responsible for providing academic leadership and vision for the undergraduate college and for administration of all undergraduate programs and related activities. He can be reached at 508-793-7671.

Director of Academic Advising
Malcolm Pace

Malcolm can be reached at 508-793-7127.

Assistant to the Dean of the College and Commencement Manager
Kim Fisher

Kim can be reached at 508-793-7671.


Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Yuko Aoyama

Yuko Aoyama serves the University as Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Her research responsibilities include leadership in developing the research mission of the University. Major responsibilities include: managing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) staff; promoting student and faculty research; and oversight of regulatory compliance including human participants, environmental health and safety, patents and copyrights, and the University’s conflict of interest policy. The Dean of Research and Graduate Studies is the authorized signatory for all sponsored programs and research at the University and provides final approvals on major budget related matters.

In her role as Dean of Research, Dr. Aoyama works closely with the Corporate and Foundation Relations office in University Advancement and the OSPR on obtaining external funding. Dr. Aoyama also works closely with the Provost on strategic initiatives and implementation plans for Clark’s research centers and institutes.

In her role with Graduate Studies, Dr. Aoyama oversees the policies and procedures concerning Clark's Ph.D. programs, the Master of Arts in English program, the Master's in Teaching program, and the Accelerated Degree Programs outside of the Graduate School of Management (GSOM), the International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE), and the School for Professional Studies (SPS).

Director of Sponsored Programs and Research
Lisa Gaudette

The Director assists the Dean of Research in both working with the University community to obtain and administer external support for research, as well as managing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. The Director’s responsibilities include the stewardship of federal grants for University signature programs, review and approval of grants and contracts, sponsored research opportunity development, support of faculty research through assisting in the identification of funding opportunities and strategic collaborations, and providing education and support services throughout the granting process from application to award management.


Assistant/IRB Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research
Diane Sainsbury

The Assistant/IRB Coordinator is the first point of contact for IRB related matters and is responsible for overseeing the organization of proposal submissions and the meetings of the IRB. Additionally, Diane processes research-related Non-Employee Affiliations, provides general office support for grant related activities, and is working on improvements to our website content.

Office Assistant for Yuko Aoyama
Denise Robertson

Denise can be reached at 508-793-7676.


Dean of the Faculty

Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Esther Jones

Esther Jones serves the University as Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty. In this role she provides primary support for all areas of faculty work, research, teaching and service. She convenes meetings of the academic department chairs and works with academic departments to ensure that the research and teaching missions of the University are met. She oversees new faculty orientation and mentoring. In collaboration with the Provost, she staffs the Committee on Personnel. In collaboration with the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, she staffs Research Board.