Exceptional Faculty Awards (2009-2010)

Nadine Fattaleh, Professor of Chemistry


Nadine Fattaleh Nadine Fattaleh teaches organic and general chemistry at Clark College. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Scripps College and a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

She has served as chair of the chemistry department at Clark and has served on the leadership team of the Pacific Northwest Green Chemistry Education Network.

In her nomination, several of her students noted that Fattaleh really wants students to succeed and do well in her class. Fattaleh, who joined the college in 2002, was praised by a nominator who said, "When a student is having a problem–personal of academic–Nadine is always quick to lend a hand in finding a solution."  In addition, one student wrote, "Nadine always has a smile on her face."

Dr. Anita Fisher, Professor of History

Dr. Anita FisherDr. Anita Fisher teaches world civilizations and women in world history at Clark College. Fisher earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Portland and earned her doctorate at the University of Oregon.

She has coordinated Clark's Model United Nations program and has served as advisor to the history club. She also coordinates a women's history month celebration at the college.

Fisher, who joined Clark College in 1990, was described as having a "great fervor for history" which "makes is contagious for her students. She was cited as "a superb mentor in every way." One student put it simply:  "She wants all of us to succeed."


Karen Swallow, English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor

Karen SwallowEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) instructor Karen Swallow joined Clark College in 1992.

Additionally, she has served as an adjunct instructor at Portland Community College, where she also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

In simple but heartfelt phrases, her adult basic education students praised her work in the classroom.  One thanked her for her patience.  Another noted that she "finds different ways to help each student." Another simply said:  "She taught me how to read and write better."