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Stephen Clements, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1993. Lecturer  

Dr. Clements (vita in PDF) joined the faculty as an assistant professor in August, 1998, from the staff of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center in Frankfort, KY. In early 2003, he left UK for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, where he served as grant program coordinator for the agency’s Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant. In 2006, he returned to UK to become Associate Director of the Institute on Educational Research. His doctorate is in political science, and he wrote his dissertation on the politics of the formulation and passage of KERA, the far-reaching 1990 school reform act. Before coming to central Kentucky in 1993, Dr. Clements had lived and studied school reform in Chicago, had been associate director of Vanderbilt University's Washington DC-based Educational Excellence Network, and had been a research associate with the United States Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Dr. Clements pursues policy and research projects at UK and for Kentucky’s education agencies. He teaches courses that focus on politics and policymaking in education, especially at the elementary and secondary levels. His topical interests include various teacher preparation and workforce issues, state and national school reform efforts, and the effects of political culture on school reform initiatives. He is also involved currently with UK’s evolving Ed.D. program in community college leadership (a joint effort of EPE and the Department of Educational Leadership Studies).