Sean Clarke to join NYU Meyers as executive vice dean

Executive Vice Dean Sean Clark headshot

October 30, 2018

Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been named executive vice dean for academic affairs at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing effective Jan. 2, 2019. Clarke currently serves as the associate dean for undergraduate programs and professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing.

As executive vice dean, Clarke will direct the College’s faculty affairs and provide operational leadership in the achievement of its academic and strategic goals. Clarke will also lead and expand innovative partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders in healthcare practice and policy, global public health, and other academic disciplines.

“I am delighted to welcome Sean to NYU Meyers and know that he will bring great energy and a deep expertise in nursing and nursing education to the role,” said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing at NYU Meyers.

Clarke is a leading nurse academic and health services researcher who studies quality and safety issues in acute care hospitals, workforce issues, occupational safety of nurses, and the influences of economic and political factors on healthcare delivery and the nursing profession. He is perhaps best known for research on nurse staffing in hospitals and surveys of nurse working conditions.

Clarke has been a principal investigator on projects funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  He has authored or coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific and professional journals in nursing and health services research. Clarke is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and holds adjunct appointments at the Université de Montréal and the University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Boston College, Clarke was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, held an endowed chair in cardiovascular nursing at the University of Toronto, and held an endowed chair at McGill University. In addition to extensive experience teaching nursing, health policy, and research to undergraduate and graduate students, he has codirected nursing health services and workforce research groups and has been a consultant to clinicians, leaders, and professional associations on issues related to nursing and patient safety. 

Clarke holds undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and psychology and earned both his MS and PhD in nursing from the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University. He was a coronary care unit nurse during his PhD studies and completed specialized training at the University of Pennsylvania as an adult acute care nurse practitioner with a focus on cardiology.