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Pamela Clute named Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Outreach

Pamela Clute named Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Outreach
and Educational Partnerships

New position will lead outreach efforts to get more students into college.

(January 14, 2005)

Pamela Clute, a mathematics and science motivator who has received widespread recognition for her work with K-12 students and their teachers, has been named Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Riverside.

In this new position, Clute will coordinate and support campus-wide outreach activities, manage specific outreach initiatives, serve as a point of contact for both external organizations and the Office of the President, and provide leadership to UCR’s efforts to secure external funds to support campus outreach and related initiatives. Her efforts will span K-12 schools, community college transfers and graduate outreach initiatives. The position reports to Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Bill Jury.

Clute will also continue in her current role as the executive director for the ALPHA Center, (Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement). The ALPHA Center works with local school districts on programs designed to improve mathematics and science skills and to get more students into college.

“Dr. Clute has a long commitment to providing outreach efforts designed to help young students excel in mathematics and the sciences,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella, “We are fortunate to have someone of her remarkable ability and vision to serve in this important new role.”

Clute said she is excited about being able to expand her outreach work.

“I feel like I have been working toward this opportunity since I arrived on this campus as a student in 1967,” said Clute. “We have an obligation to contribute to efforts focused on improving the academic infrastructure and capacity of the state’s lowest performing schools and eliminating the achievement gaps which separate economically and educationally disadvantaged students from their peers.”

Clute conducts workshops and in-service programs at local K-12 public schools, serves on many professional and community boards and is a frequent keynote speaker at state and national conferences on mathematics, science and education. She is the principal investigator for the California Mathematics and Science Teaching Initiative and the Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence (MATE). She also serves as co- principal investigator for the NSF project Mathematical ACTS.

The National Science Foundation recently recognized her with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Additionally, she has been honored with numerous awards including being named a Leader in Distinction in 2002 by the Business Press, and receiving the 2002 UCR Alumni Community Service Award, the 2001 Black Voice Foundation Woman of Achievement award, the 2001 Women’s Resource Center’s Women Who Make a Difference Award and the Athena Award for women’s leadership.

Clute received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1972, her master's degree in Education in 1978; and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1982; all from the UC Riverside.



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