Daemen College Names Dr. Edwin Clausen President

Dr. Edwin Clausen, Former Vice President for Academic Affairs, Becomes Fifth President of Daemen College


Dr. Clausen Joined Daemen in Spring, 2000, from Arizona International College at the University of Arizona

June 7, 2011


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           Dr. Edwin Clausen, former Daemen College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, has become the fifth President of Daemen College. Dr. Clausen was named president following the retirement of Daemen’s fourth president, Dr. Martin Anisman, who retired following the end of the spring, 2011 semester, after leading Daemen for 15 years.  


            Dr. Clausen joined Daemen in spring, 2000, from a position at Arizona International College at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He holds a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history, and a Master’s Degree, also in history, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Clausen also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, in history, from the University of California, Riverside.


            In January, Dr. Edwin Clausen was among Western New York community leaders honored by National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York for 2011. Dr. Clausen was selected for his contributions to the progress of education in Western New York. He was instrumental in adding a community service requirement to the Daemen College core curriculum. Daemen’s service learning program has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.


           Dr. Clausen was also recognized by the National Federation for his role in designing and implementing the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Since its inception approximately seven years ago, the Center has collaborated with City of Buffalo neighborhoods in Seneca Babcock, the West Side, and the Fruit Belt, to bring about positive change for residents in each community. This has been accomplished through improvements in nutrition and health care; helping to create economic self-sufficiency; and building environmental awareness.


            More recently, Dr. Clausen delivered the Commencement address to the History  graduates at the University at Buffalo.


           In announcing Dr. Clausen’s appointment as president, the Daemen College Board of Trustees stated: “Dr. Clausen has been intimately involved in founding and developing several important new initiatives at the College, particularly off campus and overseas programs.  Daemen has grown and prospered over the last several years under the leadership and vision of former President Dr. Martin J. Anisman and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Edwin Clausen. The Board finds this especially significant, given the recent difficult economic and social challenges to all institutions of higher education.”


            Since his arrival at Daemen more than 10 years ago, Dr. Clausen has been a member of Daemen’s senior management Cabinet. As Vice President for Academic Affairs he has been responsible for all areas of academic operations of the College. This includes providing leadership in administration and development of Daemen academic programs, policies and standards; maintenance of high quality in instruction, through faculty recruitment, retention, and development; and facilitating scholarly activities and research initiatives among faculty, staff, and students.


            Additionally, Dr. Clausen has been responsible for regular and systematic evaluation of all academic programs, including defining and coordinating academic affairs budgets; maintaining a College-wide environment supportive of social equity, cultural diversity, and affirmative action; providing leadership for the continued expansion of business and industry partnerships across all academic areas; and fostering cooperative decision making and shared governance between the faculty and the administration.  

           Dr. Clausen is the author of five books, has authored and co-authored numerous articles, and has delivered over 75 papers in more than six countries. Dr. Clausen has, also, procured himself and together with former Daemen President Dr. Martin J. Anisman, more than $3.5 million dollars for development of infrastructure and academic programs at Daemen College. Dr. Clausen has, also, written and co-written many successful research and institutional grants, including a Fulbright Award.  


            As director of academic planning and programs at Arizona International College, he was responsible for the development of the academic sector of a new college within the University of Arizona. In addition, he was responsible for the administration of all curricular and co-curricular programs at the College; faculty development initiatives; faculty recruiting; review of the faculty advancement system and evaluations, including an independent review of faculty; academic outreach programs; collaborative developments with other University of Arizona colleges; study abroad programs; and initiating and writing institutional program grants.
           Prior to his position with the University of Arizona, Dr. Clausen was associate professor of history at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He served as chair of the Department of History and director of the Global Studies Program at Pacific Lutheran. In addition, he served as director of the Chinese Studies Program and the Pacific Lutheran University/Chengdu University of Science and Technology (Peoples Republic of China) Exchange Program. The exchange program was designed to provide students majoring in the natural sciences with a liberal arts overseas experience.

           In spring, 1995, Dr. Clausen served as Visiting Professor of History at Lafayette College; during the 1988-89 academic year, he served as Visiting Professor at Chengdu University of Science and Technology, Peoples Republic of China.

           While at Arizona International College, Dr. Clausen was chosen Professor of the Year for the 1998-99 academic year. In 1998, he was selected as a Wiconse Fellow by the University of Arizona’s Teaching and Learning Center for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation.


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