Kandi Hill-Clarke
Kandi Hill-Clarke

Kandi Hill-Clarke, Ed.D.

Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke is Dean of the College of Education and McRae Endowed Professor of School-based Clinical Practice at the University of Memphis.

Prior to joining the University of Memphis in January 2017, Hill-Clarke served as Dean of the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University where she implemented and established a host of new programs and initiatives, including the Bayh College of Education Scholars to Teachers Program, the A. Elwood and Juneth S. Adams Endowed Professorship, MBA in Educational Leadership, Ph.D. in Counselor Education and the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement Taskforce.

During her tenure as dean at Indiana State University, Dr. Hill-Clarke served as President of the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a member of the Indiana Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators and Indiana AdvanceEd Steering Council. As Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), Hill-Clarke was instrumental in the implementation of the Ready2Teach teacher education redesign and edTPA across TBR institutions, and she previously was on the faculty at the University of Memphis.

Throughout her career in higher education, Hill-Clarke has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Dr. Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award, Igniting Excitement for Academic Excellence Award, and others. Dr. Hill-Clarke has been nominated for and participated in various leadership initiatives, including the AACTE Leadership Academy, International Chair Advanced Leadership Academy, and most recently she completed the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative program. She has been a featured presenter at numerous local, state, regional, and national conferences, invited to speak on administration leadership, educator preparation redesign, and performance-based assessment. Hill-Clarke began her career as an elementary teacher with Shelby County Schools in West Tennessee. She earned a B.S. in elementary education at LeMoyne-Owen College, a Master’s in Reading Education at the University of Memphis, and an Ed.D. in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with a concentration in Reading Education, also at the University of Memphis.