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ALS PhD Graduate Clark Promoted at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Dr. Robert Clark

We are excited to announce that Administration and Leadership Studies PhD graduate Robert Clark has just been promoted to assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. 

Clark is also lead faculty for the Criminal Justice program and Curriculum Committee Chair for the college. Prior to these appointments, Professor Clark served as instructor of Social Sciences for the college as well as taught at several four-year institutions.  

Before teaching, Clark worked exclusively in county government-level social services and the court system in three states as a supervisor, trainer, county multidisciplinary team co-coordinator, and forensic interviewer. His primary focus was working with individuals in the juvenile justice system as well as adults in the victim services system, which included those in court-supervised probation, substance abuse treatment, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases.  

Along with law enforcement and county prosecutors, Professor Clark assisted in conducting forensic interviews of victims and alleged perpetrators in preparation for court, as well as participated in court-record reviews, judicial and district attorney conferences, depositions, and court testifying and helped write various court documents, juvenile compromises, and victim impact statements. Additionally, he has over 700 hours of certified training as well as direct professional experience and/or expertise in the areas of child abuse and neglect crime, sex crimes and analysis, PTSD, adult victim services, and crimes codes associated within these specific areas.  

When asked how our program prepared him for the work he is currently doing, Professor Clark said, “I am honored to be a graduating member of the very first ALS cohort (1998) at IUP. For me, it was the faculty that made the most difference. From the course work, to advising, to the comprehensive exams, and ultimately the dissertation phase, the faculty provided the students the opportunity and forum to be successful by allowing us to be creative and take risks within the discipline so that we could directly apply our academic work, knowledge, and critical thinking to the ‘real’ world. Above all, I would say that my direct application of leadership theory to my work in social services, the court system, and teaching at the collegiate level has been at the forefront of my success.”

We are excited for Clark as he continues using his administration and leadership expertise in the fields of criminal justice and social sciences. Best wishes for your future successes! 

Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies

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