Jennifer Hein

Jennifer Hein brings over 16 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the Southeast to her new role as director of assessment and accreditation.
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The Clemson University College of Education has appointed Jennifer Hein as its new director of assessment and accreditation. In the position, Hein will report directly to George J. Petersen, founding dean of the College of Education, and design and implement college assessments in order to measure institutional, student and alumni outcomes as well as analyze and report on key institutional metrics.

Hein will also manage and oversee all state approvals and accreditation processes and reviews, including state licensure programs and national accreditations. Hein has served as a teacher or administrator since 2000 in Tennessee and North Carolina schools, and she said she looks forward to analyzing the college from multiple angles in order to maximize its efficiency and efficacy in achieving goals for its many valued stakeholder groups.

“I was drawn to Clemson and the College of Education because of its reputation and mission to ensure educational opportunities that change lives and propel people to bright futures,” Hein said. “The people I’ve met and worked with so far have been so welcoming and inspired me on so many levels. I am excited to be joining a knowledgeable, dedicated team that benefits from great leadership.”

Hein will manage all data collection systems for the college and represent the college at state and national accreditation meetings. Hein will also oversee submission of reports related to program accreditation and accountability, including U.S. News and World Report, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation, among others.

Hein has vast experience in research topics related to formative and summative assessment systems in education and classroom instruction. Because of her previous experience, she hopes to waste little time in preparing effective training and development specialists, counselors, educators and leaders.

“In the long term, I want only to support faculty and build relationships between the college and outside entities,” Hein said. “I want the college to focus on meaningful data to ensure continuous improvement, student success and the proper alignment of resources.”

According to Petersen, Hein’s appointment will play a vital role in aiding the college in achieving its many goals internally and with outside constituents. Petersen said Hein’s experience as an educator and leader coupled with her proposed approaches to optimizing and improving the college made her an ideal choice to head up the college’s assessment and accreditation function.

“Jennifer is a transformative leader committed to a people-centered, data-informed approach to improving education,” Petersen said. “Her work will be instrumental in helping our college reach the heights it is destined to reach as a best in class college of education.”

Hein most recently served as principal at Brevard High School in Transylvania, North Carolina. She also served as director of educator licensure and as a common core leadership coach at the Tennessee Department of Education. Hein has served as principal of Sycamore High School in Cheatham County School System in Tennessee. Hein began her career as a middle and high school teacher at Clarksville Montgomery County School System in Tennessee, where she would later serve as assistant principal.

Hein is currently pursuing a doctorate in education leadership and policy from Western Kentucky University. She earned an education specialist and a master’s degree in education administration from Austin Peay State University, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Campbell University.