Norman Clark, Ph.D.

Administrative Director of Academic Programs, CLI
Phone: 507-258-8208
Fax: 507-258-8066


Ph.D., University of Iowa, Communication Studies, 1998
M.A., University of North Dakota, Speech Communication, 1992
B.A., University of North Dakota, Speech Communication, 1990

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then—to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you." — T.H. White, The Once & Future King


Norman Clark holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Before coming to UMR, he taught for sixteen years at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. During his time there he served as the Faculty Coordinator for Service-Learning and the Public Service Research program. In this role he assisted faculty and students from across the university with their civic engagement efforts, both in the classroom and in their research. He also was the Assistant Chair for the Department of Communication.


Dr. Clark at present is serving in an administrative role, but hopes to co-teach in the Community Collab course in a future semester. Courses at previous institutions have included Foundations of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Extremist Rhetorics, Terrorism and the Media, Social Movements, and many others.


Dr. Clark's research has ranged widely, although it has almost always had a focus on community in some form. Some of his early work looked at the impact of the early internet on local communities, while in recent years he has conducted several community-based research projects with the National Park Service.

Selected Publications

(2010). Trail use conflicts in the Blue Ridge Parkway. In Community-based research case studies, 2006-2010, p. 51-54. Princeton, NJ: National Community-Based Research Networking Initiative.

(2008). Service-Learning. In D. Schuler (Ed.), Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

(2001). Education, Communication, and Consumption: Piping in the Academic Community. In M. Mowbray & C. Werry (Eds.), Online Communities: Commerce, Community Action, and the Virtual University, p. 92–107. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Adams, T., & Clark, N. (2001). The Internet: Communicating Effectively with Technology. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace.

(1999). Freedom & Responsibility in the Decent Community: Community Networks and the Communication Decency Act. Southern Communication Journal, 64, 259–268.

(1996). The critical servant: An Isocratean contribution to critical rhetoric. Quarterly Journal ofSpeech, 82, 111–124