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Clark named associate dean of assessment and accreditation at VPA
James A. Clark, professor of drama in the department of drama of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), has been named the college’s associate dean of assessment and accreditation effective July 1.
In this new part-time position, Clark will oversee initiatives and conversations related to assessment of student learning; accreditation processes, including reports, reviews and policies; program self-studies; and VPA partnerships with Syracuse city schools.
“Jim will work closely with our academic leadership team to engage faculty in developing, articulating and carrying out academic vision of VPA,” says Dean Ann Clarke. “His knowledge and experience as both an educator and administrator will greatly benefit the college in this new role.”
Clark served as chair of the department of drama and producing director of Syracuse Stage from 1992-2007. He was managing director of Syracuse Stage and a drama department faculty member from 1976-1992. In his 34 years at VPA, he has shared his theater expertise with approximately 3,000 drama students, giving them the tools to succeed in a challenging industry.
Clark has also served as a consultant and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and numerous theater companies and university drama programs. In Syracuse, he has served as a member of the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association, as well as on the board of the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism.