You can't do it. It's simply not possible to spend more than two or three minutes with Dr. Katy Clark without getting swept up in her enthusiasm, her intelligence, her world perspective.
It's a wonderful state of mind, Dr. Clark's, where all things are connected, where everything is interesting and worth exploring.
She certainly has lived an interesting and diverse life. Consider:
Not exactly a stodgy, pipe-smoking university professor.
She has chosen to teach at Averett because she likes the feel of a small, private school. "Being a graduate student at a large school was fine for me, but as a teacher [at UNC] I had students whom I connected with, but then never saw again once the class was done. At Averett, I have some students repeatedly — sometimes in English, sometimes in French — and the relationships we develop with our students are what allow us to be effective teachers."
Clark team teaches a class covering the literary landscapes of the 19th century with Dr. Gretchen Cohenour, assistant professor of English. In May 2011, they took eight students to study in France and England, spending a week in each country.
"When I was a student, I took an interdisciplinary course with two teachers who taught me how things connect," Clark says. "Those teachers were extraordinary. They expanded my world view."
This is what Dr. Clark now does for her students, daily, at Averett.
Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts, English and French, Salem College
Certificate, Cours universitaire d’été (CUE), Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris, France
Graduate studies, L'École Française, Middlebury College, Vermont