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Faculty and Staff Profile

John Leininger


Office: G-01 Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-3447
Fax: 864-656-4808

 Educational Background

EdD Vocational and Technical Education
Clemson University 1991

MA Religion and Theology
St. Leo 2018

M.In.ED Industrial Education
Clemson University 1981

BS Industrial Arts
Oswego State University of NY 1978


Over the 30+ years at Clemson I have taught courses in flexography, lithography, digital printing, inks and substrates as well as the department’s management class dealing with estimating, planning, equipment purchasing, cost analysis, and plant layout. I also taught training development courses in the Department of Human Resource Development before and after the restructuring of colleges from 9 down to 4 and then back up to 5 in 1995/96. Recognizing the importance of keeping up-to-date in the printing industry is critical to the success of our program, here at Clemson, I travel to typically 10 conferences/trade shows a year and run another 10 training session on various topics around the country. The purpose of the traveling is more than just gaining knowledge about the changes in the printing, packaging and publishing industry; it promotes the ideals of our department and help to generate support from the industry. Over the years this travel has resulted in the donation of over $3,000,000.00 in equipment, supplies and support services for the benefit of the students in the Department of Graphic Communications. Additionally, all of these industry events and training opportunities promotes our department mission statement to: “To develop dedicated, practical problem-solving people for the printing, publishing, imaging, packaging and allied industries.” This brings more and more companies to Clemson seeking our graduates. I am a classic Type A person and often I am accused of being a “Bull in a china shop,” but I have always believed it is never good enough to be average and know that to be exceptional takes exceptional effort. That is what I offer my students and what I expect back in return.

 Research Interests

I have found that you can turn any project you work with students into a research project and by working with people outside the department (within and outside the university) you can make it real, not just an exercise. I have work with students researching and testing digital printing, variable data printing, mailing, database management and analytics, marketing, sales and offset printing.