Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark

Professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 615

About Patricia Clark

Dr. Patricia Clark is Professor of Early Childhood Education, and co-founder of the Schools Within the Context of Community community-engaged program of teacher preparation at Ball State University. Along with colleagues, Dr. Clark has obtained more than $2 million in funding to support the priorities of the community for the education of children. Dr. Clark has presented extensively at national conferences and has published numerous articles on early childhood education and diversity. She is the co-author of the book Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice (Zygmunt & Clark, 2015). Dr. Clark is committed to preparing future teachers who engage with the communities they serve in order to provide education that focuses on social justice and equity for all.

Professional Experience


Chairperson, Department of Elementary Education



University of Illinois, 1993


Boston University, 1978


Indiana University, 1974

Research and Publications

Zygmunt, E. & Clark, P. (2016). Transforming teacher education for social justice. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Clark, P., Zygmunt, E., & Howard, T. (2016). Why race and culture matter in schools, and why we need to get this right: A conversation with Dr. Tyrone Howard. The Teacher Educator, 51, 1-9.

Zygmunt, E., Clark, P., Tancock, S., Mucherah, W., & Clausen, J. (2015). Books like me: Engaging the community in the intentional selection of culturally relevant children’s literature. Childhood Education 91(1), 24-34.

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education

Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

Teacher Education

Early Literacy

Other Professional Activities


2017 Outstanding Book Award (Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice, Zygmunt & Clark). American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Multicultural Education and Diversity Award (2017). American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (with Eva Zygmunt, S. Tancock, J. Clausen, K, Cipollone).

Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2016). American Association of State Colleges and Universities (with Eva Zygmunt, S. Tancock, J. Clausen, K, Cipollone, W. Mucherah).

Division K Award for Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education (2016). American Educational Research Association (with Eva Zygmunt, S. Tancock, J. Clausen, W. Mucherah).

Finalist for Outstanding Faculty Award (2013); Ball State University.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Obs and Assess in EC 653 800 0000 - 0000
Independent Study: E 699 1 0000 - 0000