Tamara Clunis

2020-21 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellow
Dr. Tamara Clunis is the vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College in Texas. She is responsible for all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum, and academic support. The Amarillo College No Excuses 2020 plan is driving transformational change through a culture of caring. The commitment to student success has led to increased graduation, retention, and transfer rates.

Dr. Clunis joined Amarillo College in 2011 as the inaugural dean of academic success. She was recognized in 2013 as the national outstanding first-year student advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Prior to joining Amarillo College, Dr. Clunis served as state director for developmental and adult education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Austin, Texas. She taught in two year and four-year institutions, including Austin Community College, Texas State University, and the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. She earned her doctoral degree from Texas State University in 2010.