“Yá’át’ééh (Hello) Mark Clytus is the Biology Faculty for San Carlos Apache College (SCAC). He is tasked with the College’s STEM Curriculum and growth of the Sciences courses. Mark has taught the following courses Environmental Biology BIO105, Fundamentals of Computer Networking CIS 130, and Introduction to Computer CIS 100. He has cultivated many students pursuing opportunities in the Environmental profession and IT profession with students obtaining local community scholarships, research internships (AIHEC TCU REU) and federal agency scholarships (USDA). He plans on building more community relationships in the STEM area with the San Carlos Tribe and other state/federal agencies.
His family is Dine’ from the Navajo Nation, He is currently pursuing as a first-generation PhD student studying American Indian Studies, with an emphasis in Indigenous STEM Engineering Education Curriculum in Higher Education at the University of Arizona. He is an NSF-NRT Indigenous Food, Energy, Water, Security, and Sovereignty (FEWSS) Scholar at University of Arizona.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Oklahoma State University) and earned two master’s degrees in Information Technology Management (Colorado Technical University) and Environmental Science (University of Idaho). He has worked over 15 years as a professional engineer and as an IT consultant doing project management on a variety of engineering/IT technology projects for the Federal government (Dept. of Commerce MBDA, Dept. of the Air Force and Army, USGS), State of Arizona Department of Liquor License and Control, Boeing, Tribal governments (Navajo Nation and Spokane Tribe), and in Academia (University of Idaho, Washington State University and Oklahoma State University). He has a certification in technology transfer management funded by the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to promote technology transfer between academia, government agencies and private industries. He has certification in Quality Matters Higher Education Teaching Online Certificate.
As a future PhD recipient and as SCAC Faculty, he will work to produce economic development opportunities in an environmentally sustainable conscious market for Indigenous communities and will work in going into administration in higher education to develop culturally relevant and empowering STEM curriculum for higher education, as well as enhance educational academic outreach opportunities for underrepresented, low income, and first-generation students through STEM programs.