Five educators are the newest members of the tenured faculty at Clark College. Amboy resident April Duvic (music), Jenefer King (medical radiography), Angie Marks (nursing), Meredith Moore (nursing) and Dawn Shults (pharmacy technician) were honored at a reception on April 23 in Clark’s Penguin Student Lounge, located in the Penguin Union Building.
The Clark College Board of Trustees approved tenure for the five faculty members at their meeting on March 28. The tenure reception is sponsored by the Board of Trustees and the college’s Office of Instruction.
Tenure is awarded by the college’s Board of Trustees based on professional excellence and outstanding abilities in their disciplines. The granting of tenure is based on the recommendations of tenure review committees to the vice president of instruction which are then forwarded to the president, who presents a final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Recommendations are based on self evaluations, tenure review committee evaluations, student evaluations, supervisory evaluations, and peer evaluations. The final decision to award or withhold tenure rests with the Board of Trustees.
“Our tenured faculty members have a very special role at our college,” said Clark College President Robert K. Knight. “They are passionately committed to excellence and student success. They have made a career commitment to our college and our community.”
“Earning tenure is a professional milestone,’’ Dr. Tim Cook, Clark’s vice president of instruction said. “I’m proud to congratulate these talented professionals for their accomplishments, their focus on student success, and their dedication to teaching and learning.”
Duvic earned her bachelor’s degree in music at Whitman College and her master’s degree in music at Portland State University. She has previous teaching experience at Concordia University, Gordon Russell Middle School, St. Mary’s Academy, Jesuit High School, and Washougal High School. She has taught at Clark College since 1990.
Duvic is director of the Clark College Concert Choir and Women’s Choral Ensemble. She co-directs the Clark College Chorale and teaches applied voice and music education. She is a two-time recipient of the Exceptional Faculty Award, Clark College’s award for academic excellence (2001 and 2007).
Duvic is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA); the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA); Mu Phi Epsilon, the professional music fraternity; and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Duvic has performed with Oregon and Seattle Symphonies as a member of the Leyden Singers as well as singing solo works with the Clark College Orchestra. She performs annually with Chor Anno, a group comprised of choral directors and singers from Washington and Oregon.
“I believe the process of learning music needs to be meaningful, measurable, and gratifying,’’ Duvic said. “In the area of music, all students are potentially successful participants, if given opportunities to become aesthetically complete – whether as listeners and appreciators, performers, or creators of music. My students are aware of how much I love music and music teaching. I want them to experience the same deep satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment that come from the creation and performance of music.”