Faculty Profiles

Robert C. Knoeppel, PhD

Rob Knoeppel, PhD

Robert C. Knoeppel
Professor of Educational Leadership
Email: rck3@usf.edu 

Robert C. Knoeppel, PhD, is a professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to joining USF in May 2018, Dr. Knoeppel was a professor and chair of the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development at Clemson University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both a Master’s in Education in School Counseling and a PhD in Education Foundations, Leadership and Policy from the University of Virginia.

His research interests include the intersection of school finance and education accountability policy. Dr. Knoeppel has authored more than 100 refereed journal publications, book chapters, technical reports and conference papers in the field of education finance, education reform, and educational leadership over the course of his career.

Prior to his tenure at Clemson, Dr. Knoeppel held an academic appointment at the University of Kentucky, where he led courses in educational leadership studies. He also worked for several years in the Virginia public school system as a school counselor, administrator and coach. Dr. Knoeppel was recently elected as Vice President of the National Education Finance Academy where he earned the Scholarly Paper of the Year Award for three consecutive years.