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Hans Klar

Associate Professor

Office: 201 Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-5091
Vita: Click Here

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 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 is currently co‐director of a leadership mentoring initiative developed in collaboration with the Western Piedmont Education Consortium called the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). His teaching and research is focused on developing leadership for improving teaching and learning, especially in high‐needs schools. A recent article, “Fostering the capacity for distributed leadership: A post‐heroic approach to leading school improvement,” (with Kristin Huggins, Hattie Hammonds, and Frederick Buskey) was published in the International Journal of Leadership in Education in 2015.

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 8390 Introduction to Research in Educational Leadership
EDL 9000 Principles of Educational Leadership
EDL 9860 Doctoral Research Internship

Research Interests

School Improvement
Distributed Instructional Leadership
Leadership Development
Professional Learning
Supervision of Instruction


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