Karen J. Ford
Professor of English
Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
Instructor of Literature
Message from the Interim Dean
The Clark Honors College has a deep history and strong foundations. Both a teaching and research college, we bring together the highest caliber of faculty to share their love of learning with our most motivated and talented students. We encourage all to take intellectual risks, cross disciplinary boundaries, and explore new fields. In the model of classic small liberal arts college education, we call our students to read, write, research, present, and discuss their ideas with energy and imagination. All students—scientists or philosophers—benefit from interdisciplinary breadth, problem-focused inquiry, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and clear, compelling communication skills. These capacities are essential to quality education, and they are also necessary for adaptability in a world of fast-paced change and new careers.
The honors college is driven by a great democratizing impulse. As a college within a public university, we are able to make a first-class education accessible, often closer to home and at a much lower cost than at a comparable private institution. The New York Times’ Frank Bruni described learning as a "lifelong awakening to the complexity of the world," and our society, democracy, and planet demand a critical, reflective, and informed citizenry to be responsive to that complexity. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn, question, and contribute. We are dedicated to nurturing our students’ curiosity, talents, and growth as intellects and people, and we measure the success of the Clark Honors College by the success of our students.
Karen J. Ford
Interim Dean, Robert D. Clark Honors College