ABOUT ME

Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D.

 

Education:

 

  • Ph.D., Special Education (Curriculum and Instruction), Minor: Education Administration,

       New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, December 1986.

  • M.A., Psychology (Emphasis: Instructional Psychology), New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, August 1986.

  • M.Ed., Special Education (Emphasis: Educational Diagnostics), Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, December 1981.

  • B.A./N.C.E., Secondary Education (English Language and Economics), University of Ibadan, College of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria July 1976.

 

Teaching Experience:

 

  • Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta state University, Valdosta, Georgia, July 2013-June 2016.

  • Professor, Leadership and Special Education, School of Education, The City College of New York City, City University of New York, August 2011-July 2013.

  • Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, School of Education, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1999-August 2011

  • Professor, Division of Psychology and Special Education, The Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, August 1996-August 1999.

  • Associate Professor, Division of Psychology and Special Education, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, August 1993-July 1996.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, August 1992-July 1993.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee, August 1989-August 1992.

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Education, Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi, August 1987-August 1989.

 

Administrative Experience:

 

  • Chief Executive Manager, Sunny Educational Consulting, Shorewood, Wisconsin, July 2016-  Present.

  • Department Head, Early Childhood and Special Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, July 2013-June 2015..

  • Department Chair, Educational Leadership and Special Education, The City College of New York City University of New York, New York, August 2011-July 2013.

  • Coordinator, Graduate Programs (Master’s and Ph.D.), Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 2005-August 2007.

  • Acting Chair, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 2002; November 2009.

  • Coordinator, Graduate Mental Retardation Program, Director of Special Education Program and Coordinator/Supervisor of Special Education Program, Division of Psychology and Special Education, The Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, August 1994-August 1999.

  • Director, “Each One, Reach One” Male Educator Project for Recruitment, Retention and Graduation (funded by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education), Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, January-August 1993.

  • Director, “Each One, Reach One” Project for Minority Male Recruitment, Retention and Graduation (funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission), The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 1991-August 1992.

 

Notes:  I have more than 150 publications (e.g., books, chapters, and journal articles); and I am a well-known scholar who has presented papers at national and international levels.

**I am the recipient of numerous scholarly and professional honors and awards.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Multicultural Psychology and Special Education

Educator Preparation and School Reform

Comparative and International Education