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Hans Klar

Professor and Department Chair

Office: Room 332, 101 Gantt Cir
Phone: 864-656-5091
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2010

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
University of Sydney 1995

B.S. Elementary Education
University of Southern Maine 1991


Hans W. Klar, PhD, is a professor and the Interim Department Chair in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development. In this role, he supports faculty and students in the Athletic Leadership, Education Systems Improvement Science, Educational Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Student Affairs programs. Dr. Klar has served as a faculty member and coordinator of the educational leadership programs at Clemson University since 2010. He received his PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to commencing doctoral studies, he served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership positions in Australia, China, and Japan, including Associate Dean for English Programs at the Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce at Shanghai University.

Dr. Klar’s research is centered on fostering leadership development in rural and high needs schools through research practice partnerships. At Clemson, he has led the South Carolina Successful School Principals’ Project and co?directed a leadership coaching initiative called the Leadership Learning Community. He has also served as a visiting scholar at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile and at the Center for Principal Development at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden.

Recent Publications:
Klar, H. W. & Huggins, K. S. (2020). Developing rural school leaders: Building Capacity through transformative leadership coaching. New York: Routledge.

Klar, H. W. (in press). Leadership and governance for improvement: Successful leadership in high needs schools. In K. Leithwood (Ed.), The International encyclopedia of education (4th Ed.). Elsevier.

Huggins, K. S., Klar, H. W., & Andreoli, P. M. (in press). “I thought I was prepared to do this”: An exploration of the learning and development of leadership coaches. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

Klar, H. W., Huggins, K. S., & Andreoli, P. M. (2021). Coaching, professional community, and continuous improvement: Rural school leader and coach development in a research-practice partnership. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 1-29.

Huggins, K. S., Klar, H. W., & Andreoli, P. M. (2021). Facilitating leadership coach capacity for school leadership development: The intersection of structured community and experiential learning. Educational Administration Quarterly, 1-31.

Andreoli, P. M., & Klar, H. W. (2020). Becoming the drivers of change: Continuous improvement in a rural research-practice partnership. Journal of Educational Administration, 1-15.

Klar, H. W. & Huggins, K. S. (2020). Developing rural school leaders: Building Capacity through transformative leadership coaching. New York: Routledge.

Klar, H. W., Moyi, P., Ylimaki, R. M., Hardie, S., Andreoli, P. M., Dou, J., Harrington, K., Roper, C., & Buskey, F. C. (2019). Getting off the list: Leadership, learning, and context in two rural, high-needs schools. Journal of School Leadership, 1-22. https://doi.org10.1177/1052684619867474

Klar, H. W., Huggins, K. S., Andreoli, P. M, & Buskey, F. C., (2019). Developing rural school leaders through leadership coaching: A transformative approach. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 1-21.

Andreoli, P. M., Klar, H. W., Huggins, K. S., & Buskey, F. C. (2019). Learning to lead school improvement: An analysis of rural school leadership development. Journal of Educational Change.

Other publications can be found here:

Courses Taught

EDIS 9200 Systemic Educational Reform
EDIS 9300 Rural Education
EDIS 9890 Advanced Doctoral Seminar
EDIS/EDL 9910 Doctoral Dissertation Research
EDL 8390 Introduction to Research in Educational Leadership
EDL 9000 Principles of Educational Leadership
EDL 9860 Doctoral Research Internship
EDLL 8000 Introduction to Public School Administration
EDLL 8050 Contemporary Issues in School Leadership
EDLL 8100 Organizational Improvement in School Leadership
EDLL 8150 School and Community Relations
EDLL 8200 School Personnel Development
EDLL 8350 Program Evaluation for School Leaders
EDLL 8400 Instructional Leadership II

Research Interests

Distributed Leadership
Leadership Coaching and Development
Research-Practice Partnerships
School Improvement
Supervision of Instruction


Book: Developing Rural School Leaders

Journal of Educational Administration Highly Commendable Paper Award

The International Successful School Principals Project