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Clark College News and Events

August 30, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921
E-mail: bkerr@clark.edu


Five faculty members have been granted tenure
by the Clark College Board of Trustees.

Five members of the Clark College faculty achieved a professional milestone when they were awarded tenure. They are (from left): John Mitchell, Gothard Grey, Sandra Haigh, President Robert K. Knight, Susan Link and Bill Wheeler.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark College will start the new academic year with five newly-tenured faculty members:  Gothard Grey (physics), Sandra Haigh (biology), Susan Link (nursing), John Mitchell (math) and Bill Wheeler (engineering). 

Tenure is awarded to faculty members who have exhibited 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.

“These five outstanding faculty members reflect our commitment to excellence and to supporting student success,” said Robert K. Knight, Clark College president.

Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, Vice President of Instruction, noted, “Earning tenure status is indeed a major career milestone and accomplishment.  These student-centered faculty members have been recognized and celebrated by their peers and our institution for their accomplishment and dedication to teaching and learning at Clark College.”

The newly-tenured faculty members were honored during a reception in the Penguin Union Building during spring quarter.  The reception was jointly sponsored by the Clark College Board of Trustees and the College’s Office of Instruction.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Biographies for the new tenured faculty members are included below.

Dr. Gothard Grey is a physics instructor at Clark College. He holds bachelor of science degrees in physics, chemistry and mathematics from the University of Utah, a master of science degree in physics from California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grey’s teaching style reflects his belief that the best learning experiences are rich in experimental work and link abstract concepts to visual models and real-world phenomena.  Dr. Grey resides in Vancouver.

Dr. Sandra L. Haigh joined the Clark College faculty as a biology instructor in September 1999. She holds a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University; a master of science degree in biology from Texas A&M University; and a doctorate degree in biology from the University of Nevada. Haigh, who resides in Skamania, specializes in vertebrate ecology, specifically the effects of exotic species on their populations. She has established and currently maintains Clark College’s Natural History Museum. Haigh believes that, as a teacher, it is her responsibility to use diverse, effective teaching methods and keep current with new developments in her discipline.

Mathematics instructor John Mitchell holds both bachelor and master of science degrees in mathematics from University College Dublin in his native homeland of Ireland. Prior to joining the Clark College faculty, Mitchell, who resides in Portland, was a software consultant, designer, developer and project manager. It was the tutoring he did in the computer industry that led him to a teaching career, first as an adjunct faculty member and later as a full-time instructor of both introductory and advanced mathematics classes.

Dr. Susan Link is a faculty member in Clark College’s nursing program. Link, who specializes in mental health, holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and both master’s and doctorate degrees in nursing from the University of Washington. Link, who resides in Ridgefield, serves as an advisor to the Student Nursing Association of Clark College (SNACC).

Engineering instructor Bill Wheeler joined the Clark College faculty in September 2001. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Wheeler earned a bachelor of science in engineering, naval architecture and marine engineering; he also earned a master of science in mechanical engineering (with distinction) and master of science in management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business executive management program. Wheeler’s 30 years of service in the United States Navy taught him team-building skills, which he applies to his classes at Clark College.  Bill Wheeler resides in Vancouver.

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