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Hans Klar

Associate Professor and Assistant Department Chair

Office: 201 Tillman Hall
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 an associate professor and assistant department chair in Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development in the College of Education at Clemson University. Prior to completing his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison in 2010, Dr. Klar held a variety of teaching and educational leadership positions in Japan, Australia, and China. At Clemson, he led the South Carolina Successful School Principals’ Project, and co‐directed a leadership coaching initiative called the Leadership Learning Community. Dr. Klar is also a member of two collaborative research projects centered on the development of rural school leadership capacity, the Palmetto Priority School Project and the Rural Innovative School Leadership Networked Improvement Community.

Dr. Klar has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, where he lectured on the principal’s role as an instructional leader in 2012 and 2013. In the spring of 2018, he served as a visiting associate professor at the Center for Principal Development at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden. In Sweden, he conducted seminars for principals and superintendents on topics such as successful leadership in high-needs schools, principal professional learning, and distributed instructional leadership.

Recent Publications:
Klar, H. W., Huggins, K. S., Andreoli, E. M, & Buskey, F. C., (2019). Developing rural school leaders through leadership coaching: A transformative approach. Leadership and Policy in Schools. doi: 10.1080/15700763.2019.1585553

Klar, H. W., Huggins, K. S., Buskey, F. C., Desmangles, J. K., & Phelps-Ward, R. (2018). Developing social capital for collaboration in a research-practice partnership. Journal of Professional Capital & Community, 1-20. doi: 10.1108/JPCC-01-2018-0005

Huggins, K. S., Klar, H. W., Hammonds, H. L., & Buskey, F. C. (2017). Developing Leadership Capacity in Others: An Examination of High School Principals' Personal Capacities for Fostering Leadership. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership 12(1), 1-15. doi: 10.22230/IJEPL2017v12n1a670

Other publications can be found here:

Courses Taught

EDL 7000 Introduction to Public School Administration
EDL 7150 School and Community Relations
EDL 7200 School Personnel Management
EDL 7300 Techniques of Supervision
EDL 7350 Program Evaluation in Education
EDL 8390 Introduction to Research in Educational Leadership
EDL 9000 Principles of Educational Leadership
EDL 9860 Doctoral Research Internship

Research Interests

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


David L. Clark Scholar Mentor
Journal of Educational Administration Highly Commendable Paper Award
The International Successful School Principals Project