Head of Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, GA, U.S.A.
He is studying about: Using Cases and Personal Narratives in Research and Practice. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners With and Without Exceptionalities (e.g., African American Learners/Urban Learners). Self-Concept Development/Behavior Management of At-Risk Learners. Educational Reform/Program Evaluation. Comparative/International Education. He is also has studied some Spring 1996 to Fall 1996, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, Course # MG 505-PA, “Managing Change in the Workplace” and Course # CI 743-PC, “Turning Diversity into Community.”
College of Education, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2010. School of Education, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, February 2010. -College of Education, Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, October 2009.
-College of Education, Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana, March 2009; April 2008; November 2006.
-McKay College of Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, December 2008; March 2007; April 2006; March 2005; March 2003; September 2002; March 2001.
-School of Education, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, February 2007.
-School of Graduate Studies, Center for Continuing and Professional Studies, and School of Education and Urban Studies, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2005.
-School of Education, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2004.
College of Education Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, October – November 2003.
-Center for Educational Practice, St. Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois, March 2003.
Department of Special Education and Training Culturally Competent Professional (TCCP) ----Project, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, July 2001; July 2000.
School of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, November 2000.
Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 2000.
-Department of Educational Theory and Practice, Health Sciences Technology Academy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, July 2000.
-Department of Education, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, April 1999.
-Multicultural Affairs (Student Life), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, February 1998.
-Learning Disability Research and Training Center (LDR&T), The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, October 1995.
-Department of Special Education, College of Education, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, Summer 1995.
Black Cultural Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, February 1994.
-Department of English, African Literature, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, Summer 1993.
SOME TEACHING and ADVISING ACTIVITIES
Professor, Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, July 2013-Present.
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education, School of Education, The City College of New York, City University of New York, New York, August 2011- July 2013.
Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, College of Education, 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, The Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, August 1993 - July 1996.
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.
WORKS IN PRESS
Banks, T., & Obiakor, F. E. (in press). Culturally responsive positive behavior supports: Considerations for practice. International Journal of Special Education.
Obiakor, F. E., & Afolayan, M. O. (in press). African immigrant families in the United States: Adjusting to cultural continuity and discontinuity. In D. Baptiste (Ed.), The flame still burns brightly: Immigrant families within the US context. New York: Springer.
Obiakor, F. E., Rieger, A., & Rotatori, A. (in press). Critical issues in preparing effective early childhood and special education teachers for the 21st century classroom: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Eskay, M., & Obiakor, F. E. (2015). Surviving as foreign-born African immigrants in America’s higher education: Four exemplary cases (Article)
Obiakor, F. E. (2015). And the beat lives on (Poetry Book).
Obiakor, F. E. (2015). Parent Self-Responsibility Scale (Instrument—Reliability data available in Dr. Mateba Harris’ Ph.D. Dissertation Study).
Obiakor, F. E. (2015). Reversing the use of Hobson’s choice: Workable intervention choice for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with problem behaviors. Beyond Behavior.
Obiakor, F. E. (2015). Student Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale (Instrument).
Obiakor, F. E., & Afolayan, M. O. (2015). Understanding children of African immigrant families in the United States’ schools: The roles of counselors, psychologists, and service providers (Article).
Obiakor, F. E., & Bakken, J. P. (2015). Interdisciplinary connections in special education: Advances in special education (Vols. 30 and 31). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald.
Obiakor, F. E., & Martinez, J. (2015). Latin@ voices in multicultural education: From invisibility to visibility in higher education. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Obiakor, F. E., & Obi, S. (2015). Mentoring new teachers in special education. In C. McCray (Ed.), Mentoring with meaning: How to assist newcomers in becoming professionals (Chapter).
Obiakor, F. E., Rotatori, A. F., Utley, C., & Banks, T. (2015). Leadership matters in the education of students with exceptionalities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Obiakor, F. E., Sapp, M., & Banks, T. (2015). Educational research in African studies. In J. U. Gordon (Ed.), Multidisciplinary research methods in African studies (Chapter).
Tetzleff, L., & Obiakor, F. E. (2015). James M. Kauffman’s ideas about special education: Implications for educating culturally and linguistically diverse students. International Journal of Special Education.
Utley, C., & Obiakor, F. E. (2015). African American males discipline and achievement patterns: Implications for general and special education. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2015 International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA.
SOME HONORS AND AWARDS
•Nominated by the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders for the College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico (2014)
•Outstanding Author Contributor Award Winner for the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2011).
•Certificate of Recognition for Published Work and Inclusion in the UWM Libraries Authors Collection (2011); (2013).
•Pearlie C. Dove Education Colloquium Award, School of Education, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA (2010).
•Certificate for Recognized Leadership and Contribution, the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Council for Exceptional Children, Dallas (Irving),Texas (2005).
•Named to the Teacher Honor Roll at the 18th Annual Gala Tribute to Teaching, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004).
•Outstanding Leadership Award, International Black Caucus of Special Educators, Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, Utah (1997).
•Listed in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers (1996, 4th ed.); (2000, 6th ed.); (2002, 7th ed.); (2005, 9th ed.); (2006, 10th ed.).
•Inducted into Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas (1996)
•Professional Excellence Award, International Black Caucus of Special Educators, Council for Exceptional Children, Orlando, Florida (1996).
•School of Education Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee (1991).
•School of Education Outstanding Educational Research Award, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee (1990).
•Listed in the Five Thousand Personalities of the World (1990, 2nd ed.).
-Proposal for Professional Development Project awarded by the Provost’s Office, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, Spring 2014 ($3000). -Mini-Grant (A/C # 101-176299-2-PRJ2ING) awarded by the Institute for Intercultural Relations, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 2009-December 2011 ($8225).
-Grant Proposal for Emporia State University, "Autism Project" funded by the State of Kansas (with Drs. Tes Mehring, John Schwenn, Paul McKnab, Gene Plank, David Bateman, Mark Goor), June 1994 ($51,000).
-Grant Proposal for "Reach One" Male Educator Project, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas funded by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Little Rock, Arkansas (with Drs. Bob Lumpkins and Charles Green) February 1993 ($7,616).
-Grant Proposal for "Each One, Reach One Minority Male Educator Project," The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee, refunded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, Tennessee (with Dr. Loretta Prater and Dean Roy Stinnett), June 1992 ($32,000); April 1991 ($19,000).
SOME PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
-American Educational Research Association
-Council for Exceptional Children
-Council for Children with Behaviors Disorders (CCBD)
-Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
-Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)
-Phi Delta Kappa
-Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
-Society of Scholars and Educators