barbaraclarkDr. Barbara Clark
Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Professor of Spanish

email: barbara.clark@averett.edu
Phone: 434-791-5773
Office: Frith Hall

Dr. Barbara Clark has chosen to teach at Averett for the last 20 years because she values the relationships that the faculty members have with their students.

At Cornell University, where she taught for two years, it was assumed that all of the students would do well, both at the university and beyond, regardless of how they interacted with the faculty. “At Averett,” Clark says, “we really have the chance to make a personal difference in their lives.”

She adds that the Averett faculty members are very approachable, encouraging students to turn to them for help, and very aware of the fact that different students have different learning styles.

Clark also has taught at Washington and Lee University, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Wake Forest University … but she has chosen to stay at Averett, living in the appealing small town of Danville, since 1992.

That does not mean that she’s always in town. Clark and her colleagues have been on multiple international trips with Averett students — including to Finland, Costa Rica and Russia — and her professional work has taken her to many cities in the U.S. and in other countries.

So far, Clark has studied and/or made academic presentations in Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Spain and Cuba.

“I have always been interested in other countries, other cultures,” she says. “One of the appealing things about Averett is that our students come from all over the United States and all over the world. They often speak multiple languages, and they provide diversity to the campus.”

Clark recalls one student who had been home-schooled in the mountains of Arkansas and had gone on a mission trip to Africa. “She came here for the aviation program, and she took a lot of Spanish courses. She met a student here from Finland, and they’re married now — they’ve adopted kids from Brazil, and they’re planning to take the whole family to live in Africa. She’ll be a bush pilot and do missionary work.”

The way Professor Clark says it, relishing the details, you wonder if she might not visit Africa herself someday.

Credentials:

Doctor of Philosophy, Latin American literature, minor in Brazilian language and literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Master of Arts, romance languages, State University of New York at Binghamton

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, College of St. Elizabeth

Expertise:

Spanish and Latin American Literature, Spanish and Latin American History, Spanish and Latin American Film

Awards:

Embassy of Spain Scholarship for post-doctoral study at the University of Granada, 2004

Tinker Foundation Award for Dissertation Research, 1991

Sigma Delta Pi (National Hispanic Honor Society) Scholarship for Study in Mexico, 1990

Publications:

“Jorge Enrique Adoum,” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Latin American Poets, Vol. 1, 2004

“Rosario Castellanos,” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Latin American Poets, Vol. 2, 2004

“Rosario Castellanos,” A Reference Guide to Short Fiction, 1994

catherineclarkDr. Catherine Clark,
Assistant Professor of English and French

Email: coclark@averett.edu
Phone: 434-791-5764
Office: Student Center 115

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: A Texan by birth, she teaches both English and French.  She has taught in Paris and in Normandy.  She also has taught at Elon University and at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Before her graduate studies, Clark struck out on her own, with a backpack, and spent three months traveling across Europe to learn French firsthand.  She studied French formally at the Sorbonne (in Paris). The only American in her class, she rented an apartment on the Left Bank and walked to class.  She holds a black belt in taekwondo.

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.”

“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.

Credentials:
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