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Faculty and Staff Profile

Jean E McKendry, Ph.D.

Director, CRCA
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and College of Education

Office: Edwards 403
Phone: 864-656-1728

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Geography
Clark University 1998

M.A. Geography
Clark University 1994

B.A. Political Science
University of Arizona 1984


Dr. Jean E. McKendry is Director of the Center for Research and Collaborative Activities (CRCA) for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) and the College of Education (CoE). In her current role, Jean draws upon 20 years of experience in Washington, DC working in positions with higher education, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. She provides research development support to CBSHS and CoE ADRs in carrying out their strategic priorities and responsibilities, is a non-voting representative on the Colleges’ research committees, provides proposal development support to faculty (including facilitating proposal development teams for CBSHS and COE faculty), and researches targeted funding opportunities. Jean also leads professional development activities for both colleges, including grant writing workshops, dissemination of research resources to faculty, and mentoring of early career faculty (in consultation with the ADRs). Prior to joining Clemson in 2014, she was Senior Researcher with the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Her applied research and publications have focused on conservation, environmental policy, cartography, and GIS and health. Jean has served as a co-investigator on grant-funded projects supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of State, and the National Park Service. In her role as Deputy National Coordinator for the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network, she worked with 13 federal agencies and more than 200 universities to promote collaboration on research, technical assistance, and education, for which she won the CESU National Network Award. Jean also co-led a project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to advance science capacity in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. She has held positions on the boards of the GIS Certification Institute, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society, and the Canadian Cartographic Association. In 2016-2017, Jean participated in the inaugural class of the President's Leadership Institute.