New faces, moving ScienceForward
CLEMSON – Along with the appointment of three new Associate Deans, the Dean’s Office in the College of Science has chosen four other faculty and staff members to lead the College in its ScienceForward initiatives.
- Nationally renowned scholar, educator and mentor Robert Anholt has been named Director of Faculty Excellence for the College of Science.
- Tracy Clark, a seasoned manager with extensive experience in business administration, will be the Interim Chief of Strategy and Operations.
- Former Provost Fellow Stephen Creager has been chosen as the Director of Space Optimization.
- Professor of mathematical sciences, Taufiquar “TK” Khan, has been named Director of Global Engagement Initiatives.
In addition to his new leadership role, Anholt will begin his tenure at Clemson as a Provost’s Distinguished Professor in the department of genetics and biochemistry. His official start date is July 1, 2018, but he will begin transitioning his lab from North Carolina State University this spring to Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics in Greenwood. Once fully on board, Anholt will be based in Greenwood, but will split his time between Greenwood and Clemson.
Anholt’s research focuses on dissecting the genetic architecture of behavior in Drosophila melanogaster. He develops Drosophila as a genetic model for identifying gene ensembles that predispose to human disorders, but Anholt also studies phenotypic plasticity and genome-by-environment interactions to determine the functions of the olfactomedin gene family.
Anholt is the author of “Dazzle ’Em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation.” He says that mastering the art of communicating scientific information is more critical than ever for a successful career in science. To Anholt, scientists today must be able to effectively convey sophisticated information to a broad audience that may include students, colleagues around the world, regulatory bodies, granting agencies, legislators and the lay public.
In his role, Anholt will work with department chairs on mentoring junior faculty, nominating our outstanding scholars for national awards and supporting a community of interdisciplinary scholars.
“Clemson University was attractive to me in several important ways,” Anholt said. “The opportunity to provide leadership within the College of Science – especially in promoting the careers of young scientists – was very enticing to me.”
Anholt has a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a master’s degree in biochemistry from University College, London, and a Ph.D. in biology from University of California, San Diego. Prior to his appointment at N.C. State, Anholt was an assistant professor at Duke University Medical School and worked as a postdoctoral fellow for The Stalk Institute for Biological Sciences in San Diego, as well as the department of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Currently he is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at N.C. State.
He and his wife Trudy Mackay, Clemson’s new Director for the Center for Human Genetics, and their horses will be joining the Greenwood community and the Clemson Family this summer.
Tracy Clark comes to Clemson from the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she is currently the Associate Provost for Budget, Planning and Administration and Associate Vice President for Finance. At UCF, Clark oversees all budget, finance and accounting operations of the university and several direct support organizations.
At Clemson, Clark will work as an executive in residence in the dean’s office for one semester until March 2018. During this time, she will assist Dean Cynthia Young with developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the College’s strategic initiatives outlined in the new ScienceForward plan.
A major part of Clark’s position will be dedicated to leading business and administrative management in the College of Science. Clark will help secure additional revenues for the College, while optimizing the impact of revenues currently available. She will also lead the development and implementation of policies and practices that support excellence in the College.
“I am excited and humbled to be given this opportunity at an institution the caliber of Clemson University,” Clark said. “I look forward to gaining new wisdom and sharing my knowledge and experience to help advance Clemson’s College of Science to world class status.”
Clark has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University, a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She joined UCF in September 2007 as the university controller. Prior to joining administration at UCF, Clark worked at an international company, and spent over 10 years in tax, audit and consulting in large and small CPA firms.
Stephen Creager joined Clemson University in 1995 as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry. He is the author or co-author on over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters and patents, and he has served as major advisor for 17 Ph.D. and eight M.S. graduates. Creager’s research is in the general area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage, and include a work on lithium batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, water electrolysis cells and related devices. In addition to holding the position of Provost Fellow, he has served as chair of the department of chemistry and Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
In his new position, Creager will be a Special Assistant to the Dean, with a primary focus on academic space in the College including research, office and teaching space. A major part of his position is creating a team that will be charged with identifying current space allocation and usage and looking for ways to ensure that the current academic space infrastructure is being optimally used.
“Academic space is one of our most precious resources and is essential to almost everything we do at Clemson. I hope to help the College make optimal use of the resources we have, and help plan for the next generation of investments in academic space at Clemson to help make us a better institution.”
Creager has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina. Prior to accepting his first academic appointment, he worked as a National Institute of Health postdoctoral scientist at the University of Texas in Austin.
Taufiquar Khan joined Clemson University in 2000 and is currently the graduate coordinator of mathematical sciences. Previously, he was part of the Global Fluency Panel for the South Carolina Industry Liaison Group (SC ILG) Conference, served as the co-chair of the Clemson University Internationalization Task Force, and was the founding chair of the newly developed department of applied mathematics and sciences in the United Arab Emirates.
Khan’s research area is in mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis of complex systems including the smart grid. He also studies inverse problems involving partial differential equations, which have applications in biomedical imaging.
As the Director of Global Engagement Initiatives, Khan will lead the global effort in the College of Science by working with the faculty committee, the Dean and the Associate Deans and College leadership to develop a global Science plan. His vision for the College is for every Science student to have some form of global learning experience before they graduate and that every faculty member is plugged into an international research/education network, resulting in the highest global impact.
“I am extremely passionate about Global Engagement, particularly because I love to encourage students, faculty, staff and others around me to take advantage of the opportunities that I have been very fortunate to experience,” Khan said. “The importance and value of global learning and research is at the core of my existence, and I am very optimistic that I can make an impact on the future generation of math and science students in our nation and around the world.”
Khan has a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career, he has been involved with research projects funded by several international and domestic agencies, including the Humboldt Foundation (Germany), German Science Foundation (DFG), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U. S. Air Force.