Dr. Michelle Claville

Dr. Michelle Claville is the Assistant Dean for the School of Science at Hampton University, and a Professor of Chemistry at the University in Hampton, Virginia.  She is currently on loan to the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Program Director. Dr. Claville works with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) program, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), and the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.  At NSF, Dr. Claville co-manages an annual budget of approximately $85 million.

At Hampton University, Dr. Claville has led various transformative initiatives while undertaking essential leadership roles at Hampton University. She has served as the chairperson of one of the sub-committees (i.e.; Core Competencies) that were integral to the institution’s application for reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and co-chaired the “Academic Programs” task force, a primary contributor to the current strategic plan. Furthermore, she has co-led the planning and facilitation of faculty development events over eight years that has benefited 100 -200 STEM (or STEM-related) faculty members each year.  Dr. Claville has also initiated and directed The Nanoscience Project at Hampton University (NanoHU) after earning the $3 million HBCU-UP Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation award in 2012. By way of this project, Dr. Claville implemented the first formal undergraduate nanoscience program (including a research and education component) at an HBCU and provided financial, and professional development support for students (high school, undergraduate, graduate) and early career faculty.  

Dr. Claville is also a 2009 NSF CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) awardee in chemistry, an award earned while employed at Southern University, Baton Rouge.  There, Dr. Claville served as department chair, organic chemistry professor (undergraduate and graduate courses), and adjunct graduate professor of Environmental Toxicology, while managing her CAREER and other awards.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Claville has mentored over 100 students (many first generation, African American, women) of whom have successfully attained graduate (Ph.D., M.S., MBA, MPH) and/or professional degrees (MD, DD, DVM, OD, RN, BSN, PharmD, JD). Her laboratory research efforts have focused on physical organic chemistry in general, and on the behavior of reactive intermediates generated in biomolecules, more specifically.  Her physical organic chemistry lab has focused on the oxidation of methionyl peptides while providing a hands-on research experience to at least 30 students and 2 postdocs.  Her lab has also supported research in toxicology, nanoscience, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, and microbiology.

Dr. Claville’s work has garnished several honors.  These include an invitation to serve as a guest speaker that the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education: Research and Practice (Lewiston, Maine).  In that same year, she gave another invited talk at the annual international meeting of the Society of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (Montreal, Canada). More recently in 2018, Dr. Claville gave an invited talk and poster session (SCI-MIX) at the 256th American Chemical Society (ACS) National meeting (Boston, Massachusetts).  Moreover, Dr. Claville has served as a grant reviewer for several federal and state agencies, an article reviewer for several scientific publications, and a committee member for the ACS’ Committee on Professional Training (CPT), the approval body for undergraduate chemistry programs at universities and colleges across the United States.

Dr. Claville received the Ph.D. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Chemistry, and a B.A. in English, from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida).  Dr. Claville proudly recognizes her faith and her family as being essential to her accomplishments.