William W. Clark, PhD
William W. Clark, PhD, is the program director of the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) and a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. He is recognized today for the energy and enthusiasm he has devoted for many years to graduate student teaching excellence.
Clark has served Washington University for more than 35 years, since joining the Department of Speech and Hearing (S&H) in the School of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his career, he has played an integral role in master’s and doctoral education in deaf education, audiology, and speech and hearing sciences.
Through Clark’s efforts, the graduate programs were transferred in 2003 from the Central Institute for the Deaf to the School of Medicine. He was instrumental in transitioning the audiology program from an entry-level master’s to a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.
Clark’s students remark that his passion and advocacy for students are readily apparent. They describe him as a brilliant man who teaches about life, as well as about content areas. In addition to his heavy administrative and advising responsibilities, Clark teaches extensively on both campuses. His course offerings include an undergraduate course in Speech and Hearing (S&H) and graduate courses in acoustics and hearing disorders. Students find him to be a warm, caring expert with a combination of great skill, extensive knowledge, vast expertise — and a lot of heart.
A world expert on noise-induced hearing loss and a research scientist by training, Clark shares his expertise in the classroom and also as a mentor of student research projects. Clark attended the University of Michigan earning a bachelor’s degree in 1969 and a PhD in physiological acoustics in 1975. He has held multiple leadership positions at the university and at a national level in the areas of otolaryngology-related research and hearing conservation.