Amy Kunkle, EdD

Amy Kunkle, EdD    

Assistant Professor, Education
Accreditation Coordinator

Hargray Room 222
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8207
Amy Kunkle, EdD

I am the Accreditation Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. My research focuses on effective professional learning with coaching and mentorship using positive relationship-building. I earned my doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction Leadership from Carson-Newman University and my masters and undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and English, respectively, from the University of Tennessee.

I started my career in 2007 as a fourth-grade teacher and eventual TAP Mentor Teacher at a Title 1 school in Knoxville, TN before becoming a TAP Master Teacher elsewhere in Knox County. In 2014, I joined the South Carolina Department of Education as a Regional Master Teacher helping to develop and deliver professional development as well as plan and implement observation, coaching, and feedback structures with superintendents, principals, instructional coaches, mentor teachers, and career teachers, specifically in high poverty and rural areas. In 2018, I transitioned to an educational consulting company as an analyst where I wrote proposals and organized and executed client projects focused strategic planning, recruitment and retention, professional learning and coaching, accelerated learning, equity analysis and support, and leadership academies. I began adjunct teaching at USCB in 2016, and I joined the USCB faculty in January of 2023.

In addition to my responsibilities as Accreditation Coordinator, I teach Senior Seminar and supervise interns in the professional program. As an instructor, I strive to create a safe, engaging learning environment focused on continual professional reflection and growth.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research & Professional Interests

EdD in Curriculum & Instruction Leadership. Carson-Newman University 2016

Reading Specialist. Carson-Newman University 2021

MEd Elementary Education. University of Tennessee 2007

BA in English Literature with a minor in Elementary Education. University of Tennessee 2007


NIET Rubric Certified Trainer. SC Department of Education  2015 - Current

NIET Rubric Certified Evaluator. SC and TN Departments of Education  2011 - Current

SC Teaching Certification K-5  2014 - Current

  • EDEC B469; EDEL B470; ENGL B483 - Internship in Education
  • EDEC/EDEL B476; ENGL B482 - Senior Seminar
  • EDRD B428 - Content Area Reading and Writing for Early Childhood and Elementary
  • EDRD B450 - Practicum for Early Childhood and Elementary
  • EDEL/EDEC B440 - Practicum Teaching Integrated Lessons in Elementary/EC Education
  • EDUC B342 - Curriculum Planning & Development in Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Development
  • Coaching and Support
  • Second-order Change
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Project-based Learning