Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, School of Education, National University
Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy had extensive experience in teaching students from pre-school through high school in regular education, gifted education, at-risk education, and special education. She has taught in higher education for the past eleven years, with her current focus emphasizing innovation in online pedagogy. She has given numerous national and international presentations on group collaboration with individual accountability with the recent addition of creativity in the online venue. As an award winning course designer, she presented some of her course innovations at last year’s Quality Matters conference in Louisville, KY, USA. Recent 2012 publications addressed issues involving the use of iPads with self-directed adult learners and with students who have Autism. Dr. Kutaka-Kennedy has just accepted an invitation to join a consortium led by the University of Kansas to research differences in perception of online visual elements among culturally diverse groups. She recently completed a successful multiyear grant from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education which prepared paraprofessionals to teach in special education.  Her current responsibilities include course design and oversight, field work supervision, and mentoring new faculty in higher education.  Dr. Joy Kutaka-Kennedy serves as an officer of the California Association of Professors of Special Education, mentors prospective grant writers, completes program reviews for national accreditation and performs editorial reviews for professional publications.