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Clark College honors five newly tenured faculty
|Clark College honored newly tenured faculty members (left to right) Dawn Shults, Meredith Moore, Jenefer King, Angie Marks and April Duvic.|
Newly tenured faculty members in music, medical radiography, nursing and pharmacy tech were honored
at a reception on April 23
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Five outstanding educators are the newest members of the tenured faculty at Clark College. April Duvic (music), Jenefer King (medical radiography), Angie Marks (nursing), Meredith Moore (nursing) and Dawn Shults (pharmacy technician) were honored at a reception on April 23 in Clark’s Gaiser Student Center.
The Clark College Board of Trustees approved tenure for the five faculty members at their meeting on March 28. The tenure reception is sponsored by the Board of Trustees and the college’s Office of Instruction.
Tenure is awarded by the college’s Board of Trustees based on professional excellence and outstanding abilities in their disciplines. The granting of tenure is based on the recommendations of tenure review committees to the vice president of instruction which are then forwarded to the president, who presents a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Recommendations are based on self evaluations, tenure review committee evaluations, student evaluations, supervisory evaluations, and peer evaluations. The final decision to award or withhold tenure rests with the Board of Trustees.
“Our tenured faculty members have a very special role at our college,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “They are passionately committed to excellence and student success. They have made a career commitment to our college and our community.”
Dr. Tim Cook, Vice President of Instruction, said “Earning tenure is a professional milestone. I’m proud to congratulate these talented professionals for their accomplishments, their focus on student success, and their dedication to teaching and learning.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Biographies for the new tenured faculty members are provided below. April Duvic resides in Amboy. Jenefer King and Dawn Shults reside in Vancouver. Angie Marks resides in Washougal. Meredith Moore resides in Columbia City, Oregon.
April Duvic, Music
April Duvic earned her bachelor’s degree in music at Whitman College and her master’s degree in music at Portland State University. She has previous teaching experience at Concordia University, Gordon Russell Middle School, St. Mary’s Academy, Jesuit High School, and Washougal High School. She has taught at Clark College since 1990.
Duvic is director of the Clark College Concert Choir and Women’s Choral Ensemble. She co-directs the Clark College Chorale and teaches applied voice and music education. She is a two-time recipient of the Exceptional Faculty Award, Clark College’s award for academic excellence (2001 and 2007). She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA); the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); Mu Phi Epsilon, the professional music fraternity; and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Duvic has performed with Oregon and Seattle Symphonies as a member of the Leyden Singers as well as singing solo works with the Clark College Orchestra. She performs annually with Chor Anno, a group comprised of choral directors and singers from Washington and Oregon.
Duvic said, “I believe the process of learning music needs to be meaningful, measurable, and gratifying. In the area of music, all students are potentially successful participants, if given opportunities to become aesthetically complete – whether as listeners and appreciators, performers, or creators of music. My students are aware of how much I love music and music teaching. I want them to experience the same deep satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment that come from the creation and performance of music.”
Jenefer King, Medical Radiography
Jenefer King is a registered radiological technologist with more than 35 years of professional experience. King earned her radiography diploma at Christchurch School of Radiography in New Zealand and has previous work experience with Southwest Washington Medical Center, General Electric Medical Systems and Stanford University Medical Center.
She is a member of the college’s financial appeals committee and its medical radiography advisory committee. She serves as faculty advisor for the medical radiography (MRAD) student club and the Clark chapter of Lambda Nu, the national honor society for radiologic and imaging sciences.
King said, “It is my hope that my students will develop skills, knowledge and critical thinking to provide excellence in imaging with my learning environment. With that background and experience, our students will provide outstanding health care in our region for years to come. Simply put, I want Clark medical radiography students to be the best they can be.”
Angie Marks, Nursing
Angie Marks earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Washington State University. She has previous work experience with Intercollegiate College of Nursing, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Clark College.
Within the college, she serves as chair of the nursing department scholarship committee and is a member of the department’s curriculum committee. She also serves as a mentor for new faculty members in the nursing department. Additionally, she is a co-investigator in a research study of the transition of nursing graduates to practicing health care professionals.
Marks said, “In my teaching, I like to incorporate real-world application with theory by using storytelling and case studies. I value active learning, and try to keep the learning process dynamic and engaging with group discussions and activities. I strive to give thorough feedback in a timely manner to the students to enhance their opportunities for growth. I maintain a genuine, honest approach in communication with students. I truly view myself as a fellow learner and value the perspectives the students bring to class.”
Meredith Moore, Nursing
Meredith Moore earned her associate degree in nursing at Carl Sandburg College and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She has previous work experience with Linfield College, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland Veteran’s Administration, Columbia Community Mental Health and Clark College.
In addition to teaching her responsibilities, Moore has served on a number of committees for Clark's nursing department including the curriculum committee, scholarship committee and sunshine committee.
She has served two years as president of the board of directors of the Columbia Humane Society in Oregon.
Moore's philosophy of teaching is "to create a dynamic arena for learning with an environment of mutual respect between teacher and students."
Dawn Shults, Pharmacy Technician
Dawn Shults graduated with merit from Clark College’s pharmacy technician program in 1997. She has previous work experience with Providence Home Infusion in Portland and had what she calls “the exciting opportunity to help with the start-up of the pharmacy at Legacy Salmon Creek.” She continues to work on-call at Legacy to stay current in the field.
Shults is the department chair for the college’s pharmacy tech program. She serves on the college’s Outcomes Assessment Committee and has previously served on Clark’s health sciences leadership team and the college’s international education committee. She is a member of the planning committee for the college’s annual Sakura Festival.
Shults said, “My goal is to create pharmacy technicians that I would want to work with, and that I would want to receive care from. My approach is to teach from the real-world perspective, ensuring competence in the skills they will be using every day. I believe that even though learning can be difficult, it can still be fun. I try to inject humor and positivity into the things I do, which keeps it enjoyable for me as well as for my students.”