Dr. Stephen Clements joined the faculty as associate professor of political science and chair of the department in the summer of 2008. Prior to his appointment at Asbury, he had spent seven of the previous ten years on the faculty at the University of Kentucky, in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. During an interlude from early 2003 until early 2006, he helped manage a federal teacher quality enhancement grant for the Education Professional Standards board in Frankfort, Kentucky. When he left UK he was Director of the Institute for Educational Research, and also directed an EdD program in community and technical college leadership.
Dr. Clements has had a variegated educational and professional career. After completing his baccalaureate at Asbury in 1983, he did graduate work in classical languages at Vanderbilt University, where he also began working at Vandy’s Institute for Public Policy Studies. From 1985-1989 he worked in Washington, DC as a staff assistant in the U.S. Department of Education, and for Vanderbilt’s Washington, DC office. He then spent the next several years pursuing doctoral work in political science at the University of Chicago, completing his dissertation in early 1998 on the politics of Kentucky P-12 school reform, and shortly thereafter joining the faculty at UK. For much of his career, then, he has worked in and taught education policy and politics, and has worked in graduate education programs and served on numerous doctoral committees. While at Asbury he will continue serving as an adjunct graduate faculty member at UK.
At present, Dr. Clements is managing the department, teaching courses in the political science program that began officially in 2009, and also serving as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In the latter capacity, he is investing much of his time and energy in revitalizing the general education program in the liberal arts at the University. Dr. Clements lives 3 miles outside of Wilmore, and has three grown sons. Lee is a graduate student at Regent University--he and his wife Natalie live in Virginia Beach. Taylor and his wife Elizabeth are both high school math teachers in Louisville, Kentucky. And Aaron hopes to be a computer and technology specialist. His wife Markie—also a 1983 Asbury graduate—is teaching composition courses at the University for the English department.