Courtney Clarke, Ed.D. , serves as Associate Dean of Social Sciences, at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. In this role, she oversees the academic disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Anthropology and Education. In addition, she serves as associate director of the Institute for Poverty in Urban Education, aligning with her research interests in equity, poverty, and building social capital for under-resourced students.
Clarke is also a member of SOGE Council, and a Safe Zone ally and trainer, and a strong advocate for LGBTQ students. She is a mentor for the Mandel Scholars program at the College. She also serves on a committee for the College’s Stand for Racial Justice efforts. She is an alumna of the LEADDiversity program of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, and a mentor of first-generation students through CollegeNow.
Previously, Clarke served as the College-wide Director of Strategic Communications. She has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, strategic planning, issues management, and crisis communications. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and a M.Ed. with a concentration in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University, and an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from National American University.