We are Dr. Paula Clarke and Warren "Ted" Hamilton, two community college professors who have developed a teaching philosophy and pedagogy designed to challenge rather than accommodate common student problems in higher education. Our teaching philosophy is premised upon the provision of a High Demand x High Support environment designed to foster the development of critical collegiate competencies.

Although this website is not entirely new, as we write in spring 2017 we are able to assign it a higher priority than in the past. When we began building the site in 2012, the task competed with teaching responsibilities. However, as of fall 2016 one of us has retired and the other is likely to follow shortly. These changes allow a rearrangement of priorities that include giving more attention to the website.

The site is intended to function as a supplement to publications and public presentations about our long (starting in the mid 1980s) and complicated experience developing, implementing, and studying the impact of a High Demand x High Support (HDxHS) teaching pedagogy among, primarily, entering college students; the last two decades (1996/1997 - 2016/2017) spent in a small rural community college.

In the following weeks and months, we will be adding essays to the website.  Addressing two broad categories, these essays will address (1) questions that have often been asked when we have made public presentations about HDxHS and, (2) they will entertain topics that are likely of interest to the expert community that are nonetheless difficult to fully address within the confines of social science reporting conventions (Flyvbjerg, 2001, 2004-2005).[1]

We invite comments, feedback, and/or questions; please feel free to contact us. Additional details about our academic backgrounds can be found in our C.V.’s, and more personally under About Us at this website. Thank you for visiting our site!  

Paula K. Clarke
American Anthropological Association/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in the Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology, 2008.

W. “Ted” Hamilton
CASE/Carnegie California Professor of the Year, 2004.


[1] Flyvbjerg, B. (2001). Making social science matter: Why social inquiry fails and how it can succeed again. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Flyvbjerg, B. (October 2005-March 2006). Social science that matters. Foresight Europe, pp. 38-42. Retrieved from http://flyvbjerg.plan.aau.dk/Publications2006/ForesightNo2PRINT.pdf