Clark University has named Betsy Huang as associate provost and dean of the college. She will start her new post on June 1.
Huang has been at Clark for 16 years, starting as an assistant professor of English. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2010, and holds the Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein Distinguished Professorship. She served as Clark’s first chief officer of diversity and inclusion from 2013-16 and now serves as director of the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies.
“The education Clark offers is truly one of a kind,” Huang says. “I look forward to playing a key role in sustaining what we do best: educating the next generations of consequential world citizens.”
Huang is a widely published scholar. She authored a monograph, “Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction,” co-edited two essay collections, “Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media” and “Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Societal Contexts: International and Interdisciplinary Approaches,” and published 10 articles in journals and books. She currently is co-editing “Asian American Literature in Transition, Volume IV: 1995-Present.”
Huang has served the university on numerous committees including the Undergraduate Academic Board and the Committee on Personnel. She established the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and implemented many initiatives to cultivate an inclusive campus community.
“Professor Huang brings extensive and effective experience to this position, both in faculty governance and in university administration,” said Provost Davis Baird. “She has worked constructively and effectively with all campus constituencies to drive positive change. I very much look forward to working with her as associate provost and dean of the college.”
Huang graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Rochester in 2004.
She succeeds Professor Matt Malsky, who has served as associate provost and dean of the college since 2015.