Kathleen Maureen Clark

Assistant Professor, Executive Director of the Health Commons

Science 116
CB 118

Dr. Clark began teaching at Augsburg University in the Department of Nursing in 2009. She teaches primarily in the graduate nursing program in courses that focus on issues of social justice, health disparities, and civic engagement.  Katie’s scholarship emphasis is creating unique models of teaching and learning in local context.  For example, Katie has created and led courses that are designed in an immersion format that allow student’s to gain insight first-hand from people living in the margins while learning transcultural nursing skills. In addition, Katie serves as the executive director the Augsburg Health Commons, which are nursing-led drop in centers that focuses on radical hospitality and nurse presence working with people in local context.  Her primary role is providing leadership at the Augsburg Central Health Commons with individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who are marginally housed in Minneapolis and at the Health Commons in Cedar-Riverside, which was launched in 2011 in partnership with two other local non-profits,  And, in 2018, three DNP-TCN graduate students opened the Health Commons in Rochester with Katie’s mentorship.  These sites are used for student learning experiences based in fostering relationships build on mutual benefit, guided by the principle of accompaniment.

Katie previously worked for eight years as a nurse at University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank in both oncology hematology and the medical ICU.  She has traveled to 20 different countries and participated in many local volunteer programs, such as the Bridge for Youth and Higher Ground.  She is married to her partner, David, and has three children.


  • D.N.P. in Transcultural Leadership: Augsburg University (2014)
  • M.A.N. with a Transcultural Nursing Emphasis: Augsburg University (2010)
  • B.S.N: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (2002)

Areas of Teaching Responsibility

  • Transcultural nursing
  • Social justice praxis
  • Care of marginalized populations
  • Civic agency/Citizen nurse
  • Community engagement/immersion experiences
  • Community partnerships


  • Clark, K. (2021, March 17).  Teaching Accompaniment: Learning in the Margins.  Nursing Diversity 2021; Global Virtual Summit on Nursing Education.
  • Clark, K. (2020, September 25). Being Bold: Caring while in Solidarity. Augsburg Bold Series Speakers.  https://vimeo.com/464317420.
  • Clark, K. (2020, July 7).  Struggling to find air: Emancipatory nursing response to Covid-19.  Nursology.  https://nursology.net/2020/07/07/struggling-to-find-air-emancipatory-nursing-response-to-covid-19/
  • Clark, K. (2020, June 24). The aftermath of George Floyd’s death: How 8 minutes + 46 seconds affected the health of a community.  NurseManifesthttps://nursemanifest.com/2020/06/24/the-aftermath-of-george-floyds-death-how-8-minutes-46-seconds-affected-the-health-of-a-community/
  • Clark, K. & Freborg, K. (2019). Radical Hospitality – A Concept Introduction to Uncover Common Ground in Caring Moments. 40th Annual IAHC Conference Caring and Interprofessional Practice: Re-imagining the Patient Care Experience. Greenville, South Carolina. 
  • Clark, K. & Munoz, J. (2018). Connecting Across Difference: Engaged Scholarship in Higher Education. 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference: Transforming Higher Education through Engaged Scholarship. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Enestvedt, R.C., Clark, K.M., Freborg, K., Miller, J.P., Leuning, C.J., Schuhmacher, D., McHale, K., Baumgartner, K., & Loushin, S. (2018). Caring in the margins: A scholarship of accompaniment for advanced transcultural nursing practice.  Advances in Nursing Science, 41(3),230-242. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000201
  • Clark, K. (2018, May 31).  Facilitating health and healing: Applying caring concepts in practice at a nurse-led drop-in center. Presented at the 39th annual International Association for Human Caring Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Augsburg University Podcast [producer]. (2018, May).  Katie Clark: A passion for progresswww.augsburg.edu/podcast/
  • Compact Nation Podcast (producer). (2018, May).  Radical hospitality. https://compact.org/podcast/season2-episode16/
  • Biederman, J. (Producer).  (2017, August 10).  Belonging [Audio podcast].  http://www.changemakerpodcast.com/episode-2-belonging/
  • Clark, K., Miller, J., Leuning, J. & Baumgartner, K. (2017). The Citizen Nurse: An Educational Innovation for Change.  Journal of Nursing Education, 54(4): 247-250.
  • Bishop, K., Boyte, H., Clark, K., Eschenbacher, E., Finders, M., Lansing, M. & Underhill, J. (forthcoming). Agency in an Avalanche: Imagining Democratic Futures at Augsburg College.  In Eatman, E. & Peters, S. (Eds.), Rebuilding the Democracy College.
  • Clark, K., Green, A., & Abdulaya, Y. (2016). Unlocking the Power of Community through Partnerships. 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Public Radio Interview with Dan Olson “For nurses serving homeless, hospitality comes first.” (2015)
  • Clark, K. (2014). Developing a Health Commons: A Drop-in Focused on Health and Healing Through the Development of Relationships Based on Transcultural Practices. 40th Annual Conference of The Transcultural Nursing Society 2014. Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Clark, K. (2014) The Health Commons: A Handbook of Nursing Practice.  Lulu Press, Inc.
  • Clark, K. Noor, S., & Kimball, B. (2014). From Research to Action: Creating a Drop-in Health Center that Addresses the Needs of Somali Refugees in Minnesota. 4th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference 2014. Rochester, New York.
  • Clark, K., & Noor, S. (2012). Health Commons: Partners Improving Health Outcomes for East African Community.  Community Health Conference 2012.  Brainerd, Minnesota.
  • Panel Presenter. Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference 2012.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Clark, K., Baumgartner, K., & Miller, J. (2011). The Development of the Health Commons Model. 2nd Annual International Public Health Nursing Conference 2011.  Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • Clark, K. (2011, Dec 22). Citizen Nurses: A Unique Perspective on Health. DemocracyU. https://democracyu.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/citizen-nurses-a-unique-perspective-on-health/