Program Leadership


The Clark Scholars Program at UVA is supported by a team of faculty and staff committed to facilitating the success of our Scholars. This team includes the Faculty Director and Program Director, but also includes a broader support network within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In support of the Clark Scholars, our team maintains responsibility for program design and implementation, but also for facilitating broader engagement with the University community at large. Scholars are encouraged to leverage the Program Leadership as a resource for helping support their goals.

UVA's Clark Scholars Team

  • Devin K. Harris

    Clark Scholars Faculty Director


    Dr. Harris is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment (Civil Engineering) at the University of Virginia. In his role as Faculty Director, Professor Harris leads the Clark Scholars Program within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. As Faculty Director, his responsibilities center on the design, oversight and strategic planning for the four-year UVA Clark Scholars Program (CSP). Professor Harris also works to engage the Program and its Scholars with UVA Engineering leadership, University Leadership, while also providing academic and professional support to the Scholars. Other responsibilites included selection of incoming Clark Scholars in collaboration with the Offices of Admissions and Student Financial Services.

    Professor Harris' Faculty Page
  • Jessica Harris

    Program Director


    Jessica Harris is the Program Director of the Clark Scholars Program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. As the Program Director, Jessica Harris focuses on program implementation with a primary emphasis on student-centered programming. Responsibilities include planning leadership programs for the academic year, advising the CSP Leadership Council, overseeing the operational tasks of the Program, supervising academic year tutors, and coordinating and partnering with UVA Engineering staff. Ms. Harris also plans and executes the six-week summer program and supervises summer resident assistants. As Program Director, Ms. Harris works directly with the Faculty Director on Program design revisions and facilitates Scholar engagement in this process. 

    UVA Clark Scholars Program
  • Karen Sleezer

    Senior Administrative Coordinator


    Karen Sleezer is an Education Outreach Assistant/Workshop Facilitator in the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and the Program Associate for the Clark Scholars Program. In her role as Program Associate, Karen Sleezer provides part-time administrative and logistical support to the Faculty Director and Program Director, especially for short-term projects. Examples include the design and implementation of the unique Summer 2021 meal plan, purchasing logo items as gifts and incentives, and assembling semester care packages during the heavily virtual 2020-21 academic year.

    Contact Karen