Sarah Clark

Sarah Clark is the Chemistry Success Center director and an affiliate faculty member in the chemistry department at Grand Valley State University.  She received her MS in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  She completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry with an emphasis in secondary education at Michigan Technological University and taught high school chemistry and physics for two years at an international high school in St. Paul, MN.  Sarah teaches general chemistry courses and is currently teaching preparatory chemistry, a course designed to prepare students for success in general chemistry.  Her professional interests include:

  • Designing instruction to build students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry.
  • The role of relationships in promoting first-year student success, including how student connections with both faculty members and classmates are related to student engagement and persistence.
  • Best practices for developing undergraduate student tutors’ pedagogical strategies.