Clarin is the Director of Scholarly Initiatives in the Office of Scholarship and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In this role, Clarin oversees the college's internal grants program, identifies and provides resources to support faculty research, and facilitates the development of interdisciplinary research teams and learning communities. Prior to this role, Clarin worked as a research and evaluation officer at a Phoenix-based private foundation where she designed evaluation tools and models for nonprofit organizations.
Clarin earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2012. Her dissertation assessed the intended and unintended consequences associated with a high-stakes teacher evaluation model, from teachers' perspectives and experiences in the Houston Independent School District. Clarin received an M.Ed from ASU, a B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Marketing & Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Clarin is interested in promoting research broadly in nontraditional, non-academic outlets so that it is accessible and applicable for the general public.
Her academic research interests include national and state policy implementation at the local level, teacher interaction with and influence on education policy, and education accountability and evaluation systems.