Associate Professor of Education Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2011 M.Ed., University of Delaware, 2007 M.A., Michigan State University, 2004 B.A., Ithaca College, 1998
Michael Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at the University of Virginia (http://curry.virginia.edu/about/directory/michael-j-kennedy). Before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2011 he was a high school special education teacher (2001-2007), and an elementary school teacher (1998-2001) for a total of nine years. During that time, he often worked as the special education co-teacher within content area courses such as science, mathematics, and social studies. Kennedy has master’s degrees in educational technology (Michigan State University, ‘04) and special education (University of Delaware, ‘07). His primary focus is the design, delivery, and experimental testing of multimedia-enhanced instructional tools that can support learning and performance outcomes for students with and without disabilities, and their teachers. Kennedy’s key contribution to date is his Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) tool, which can be used to package and deliver instruction for teachers or students.
Kennedy has published over 30 peer reviewed articles, and over 10 book chapters and other disseminations of research (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Kennedy8). He was awarded one of three inaugural early career grants from the National Center for Special Education Research within the Institute for Education Sciences in 2013, the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Publication Award in 2013, and an Early Career Scholar award from the Instructional Technology special interest group within the American Educational Research Association in 2015. Kennedy was also awarded U.Va’s Alumni Board of Trustees All University Teaching Award in 2015, which is the highest honor given to an Assistant Professor for teaching excellence at The University. He is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Special Education Technology (http://jst.sagepub.com/), and maintains several free sites that disseminate high quality learning materials for teachers and students, including www.VocabSupport.com, www.SpedIntro.com, and www.PBISVideos.com.