In this unique year, how is DU supporting faculty & research?


Mary Clark, provost and executive vice chancellor
Sarah Pessin, president, Faculty Senate

The University of Denver’s new provost and executive vice chancellor, Mary Clark shares what drew her DU and three ways she will support faculty and their research this year.

Sarah Pessin, president of the Faculty Senate, discusses the importance of shared governance and three new committees devoted to improving the faculty experience and promoting equity.

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Mary Clark, provost and executive vice chancellor

About the Speakers

Mary Clark

Mary Clark serves as the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver. With expertise in the areas of higher education law, women’s legal history, legal ethics, judicial politics, and property, Provost Clark also holds an appointment as professor in the Sturm College of Law.

Sarah Pessin

Dr. Sarah Pessin is Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Thought at DU where she also serves as Interfaith chair and the Faculty Senate president. She was the director of the Center for Judaic Studies from 2008-2019, has served as creative director for the campus’ Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site, held the Everding Distinguished Lectureship from Iliff School of Theology and St. John’s Cathedral (2016), and has served as the team leader for DU’s Religious Inclusivity Initiative.


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