Clark Power

Clark Power

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Professor of Education in the Program of Liberal Studies

Office: 215 O’Shaughnessy Hall
Mobile: 574-631-7343

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Areas of Expertise

Moral development and education, bullying, cheating, youth sports, character education

During his more than 30 years of teaching, Power has authored six books and more than 70 articles regarding moral education and development, with a focus on school discipline and moral character. With teaching experience in both middle and high schools, Power consulted for 2 years in a character education program focused on issues for at-risk students. His body of work includes research in the areas of bullying and conflict resolution and safe environment for children and he is presently exploring how schools and sports teams can support each other to prevent bullying and peer isolation while encouraging community values. He is the past president of the Association of Moral Education and the recipient of the association’s Kuhmerker Award for his contributions to the field of moral and character education. Power’s research and experiences have led him to develop and direct the Play Like a Champion Today Program. This research-based curriculum was designed to assist youth and high school coaches, administrators and parents in nurturing character development through the sports experience. The PLACT Program focuses on the abundant opportunity present in sports to help young people mature morally, emotionally, spiritually and physically through a positive and successful association with sports.


Little League scandal epitomizes a corrupt youth sports culture
‘No place for hazing’ in sports
Advice for ‘conversation’ on abusive coaches


New federal rules are good news for all students
Notre Dame minor in education program surges in popularity
New Sports as Ministry Initiative to host conference, workshops
Study documents ethical problems in youth sports
Clark Power to participate in Vatican seminar on sports
Psychologist co-edits book on character and moral education


Huffington Post — Flint, Neurotoxins, and America’s Endangered Children
Huffington Post — Pope Francis Calls for Youth Sports Shake-Up
U.S. Catholic — Reading Socrates on the streets: Offering education to people in poverty
Huffington Post — An Empty Ballpark in Baltimore: What Is Wrong With America’s Cities and Can We Fix Them?
Huffington Post — The Importance of STUDENT-athletes
Huffington Post — When the Rules Don’t Have to Rule: Lessons From the Narbonne Gauchos
Huffington Post — Separate and Unequal: The Moral Challenge for Youth Sports in America
Huffington Post — We Can’t Breathe: The Chokehold on Democracy and Justice in America
The Wall Street Journal — What Sayreville Teaches Us About High-School Locker Rooms
Our Sunday Visitor — Character development key in youth sports
Huffington Post — Hazing, Violence and the Culture of High School Athletics: What Can Be Done?
The Wall Street Journal — N.J. Town Struggles With Scandal
USA Today — Sayerville community looks to begin healing process
U.S. Catholic — Clark Power on bullying and homophobia
NBC News — NFL Creates Team of Four Women to Combat Domestic Violence
NCAA Champion magazine — Symposium examines ethics of college coaching decisions
Huffington Post — Gay Athletes and the Ongoing Challenge of Full Acceptance
Huffington Post — What The Miami Dolphins’ Locker Room Culture Can Teach Us
Huffington Post — Athletics vs. Academics
USA Today — Louisville lacrosse coach accused of abusive tactics
Huffington Post — Tiger’s Missed Opportunity
Indianapolis Star — My View: Content is easy, children are the challenge