Richard Clark, Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology and Technology at the USC Rossier School of Education, was one of three Trojans who received this year’s USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished academic career spanning 33 years of teaching and research at the university.
Clark accepted the award at USC’s 32nd annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 23 at Town & Gown.
Terence Langdon, William E. Leonhard Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and John Wills Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at USC Dornsife, were the other winners.
After serving on the faculty at Stanford and Syracuse universities, Clark started his career at USC in 1978 as professor of educational psychology and technology. In 2005, he became co-director of the Center for Cognitive Technology at USC Rossier and in 2008 was appointed professor of clinical research in surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Clark is an internationally renowned expert in the design and application of research on complex learning, performance motivation and the use of technology in instruction. His most recent books include Learning From Media: Arguments, Analysis and Evidence, Second Edition (2012, Information Age Publishers), Handling Complexity in Learning Environments: Theory and Research (2006, Elsevier, with Jan Elen) and Turning Research Into Results: A Guide to Selecting the Right Performance Solutions (2002, CEP Press, with Fred Estes), which received the 2003 International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Award of Excellence.
He also won the 2002 Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from the ISPI, the 2003 Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC Rossier and the 2007 Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army. He is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 15, Educational Psychology), a fellow in the Association of Applied Psychology, a founding fellow of the American Psychological Society and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
Clark holds an EdD in educational psychology and instructional systems technology from Indiana University (Bloomington), an MS in mass communications, journalism from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in history and political science from Western Michigan University.