Richard Kunkel serves as professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Florida State University and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Teacher Support Network of Princeton New Jersey. He also is a consultant with EdDesigns of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Cardean Learning Group of Chicago, Ill.
Kunkel served more than 32 years as dean level administrator, including posts at Dr. Florida State University and Auburn University's College of Education.
Kunkel is active in state, regional and national education activities. He was the founding Chairman of the A+ Policy Committee. In 1993, Kunkel was appointed to the Alabama Commission on School Performance and Accountability by the Governor of Alabama. Kunkel was also appointed to the National Research and Evaluation Advisory Panel of Teach for America and he served as the facilitator for the Disney Development Corporation's Celebration School Visioning Workshop as well as senior advisor to the Celebration School and Teaching Academy. In 1997, he testified at hearings on "The Higher Education Act" and later served as a proposal reader in preliminary and final selection of grants for school/university partnerships under Title II of the Higher Education Act.
Particularly skilled in the areas of program evaluation and staff development, Kunkel has served as consultant to the U.S. AID programs, to Teacher Corps and teacher centers, to the Lilly Endowment and Danforth Foundation, the Missouri Governor's Conference on Education, and as a long term evaluator to Cities in Schools and various bilingual and Hispanic education projects. He has served as executive director of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE).
Kunkel's graduate study was done at St. Louis University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. His baccalaureate degree was earned at Northeast Missouri State College (now Truman State University).