January Employee of the Month: Paul Clark
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
Paul Clark, technology assessment coordinator, works diligently to help the College of Education stay current on new educational technologies. Co-workers appreciate his expertise and on-the-job enthusiasm.
"Paul quickly grasps instructional and assessment issues/needs and is able to devise innovative solutions using his technology and skills," one colleague said. "He is very willing to work with people until the 'right' solution is found and is functional and usable."
Clark and three other staff members work together to make sure technology is in working order for the College of Education. His primary responsibility is the digital portfolio, but he also regularly attends to other issues that arise, such as assisting students and faculty who may need help with new technologies.
"Although Paul faces overwhelming and tedious programming challenges every day, he remains excited about teaching and the associated integration of technology," another co-worker wrote.
Enjoying the people he works with makes Clark's job much easier. He also said he appreciates the challenge his position provides, especially the research involved with new technologies and their integration.
Upon earning his bachelor of arts degree from UNO, he began his career in public education. After serving as an elementary school teacher in Fremont, Neb., and as a technology coordinator in Elkhorn, Neb., Clark returned to UNO, where he has worked for the past 12 years and earned his master's and doctoral degrees.
The 30-year veteran of the education field said UNO is a perfect fit for his skills and personality. He credits time spent working with grants during his doctoral studies as a major reason for his continued exploration of education technologies.
"All of these positions have helped me in my current role at UNO, both in working with people and technology," he said. "Through all of this, I think the best part and memories I will always have are of the people with whom I have worked and learned."
Clark said his Employee of the Month honor has been rather enjoyable, especially all of the surprise visitors.
"It has been fun around the office, as well as having people I have not seen for a while drop by," he said. "UNO has incredible employees, and it really is quite evident in the atmosphere and culture that is on display to visitors to the campus."
Active in his free time with his sons' Boy Scouting activities, Clark also likes to play racquetball and participate in geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunt using a global positioning system (GPS).
(Pictured above: UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Clark.)