Clements named Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
WILMORE, KY—Dr. Stephen Clements, associate professor of political science at Asbury University, has accepted the position as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences beginning fall 2010. Clements will remain as chair of the Department of Business, Economics, and Political Science, where he has been since 2008. He will also retain his teaching position in political science.
"I am terribly pleased at the prospect of working with my faculty colleagues and the other deans and administrators around strengthening Asbury’s academic programs and policies, as well as enhancing our teaching and learning culture," Clements said.
Prior to joining the Asbury faculty, Clements served as Director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Educational Research, Director of UK’s Ed.D. program in Community and Technical College Leadership, and as a graduate faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, also at UK.
"Dr. Clements has the perfect background for this role," Jon Kulaga, provost, said. "He has a firm foundation in the liberal arts and Wesleyan perspective as well as vast experience at the educational policy level."
Over the course of his career he has served as a Grant Program Manager for Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board, conducted policy research projects on behalf of numerous organizations, and served as a Staff Assistant in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC.
"My view is that the College of Arts and Sciences represents the core of what we do here at Asbury University," Clements said. "The Arts and Sciences disciplines—literature, history, music, art, philosophy, the natural sciences, theology, politics, Biblical studies, psychology, world languages, and so forth—provide foundational knowledge and the critical thinking infrastructure that prepares individuals for flourishing lives, no matter how their careers unfold."
Clements academic background is in Political Science with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also studied Classical Languages at the graduate level at Vanderbilt University. He received a B.A. degree from Asbury in 1983, where he majored in history and minored in Greek.
He and his wife, Markie, live just outside of Wilmore and have three sons, Lee, 23, Taylor, 20, and Aaron, 18.