Cathy D. Kea


DepartmentEducator Preparation


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Cathy D. Kea


Other: Special Education, University of Virginia, 1997

Ph D: Education, University of Kansas, 1988

MS: Education, University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, 1976

BA: Elementary Education, North Carolina Central University, 1975

Research Interests

Dr. Kea is an accomplished scholar who is widely recognized in her field and the 2019 recipient of the University of Kansas Leadership to the Special Education Field Award. She has authored and co-authored 30 refereed journal articles, monographs & book chapters and has been a continuous recipient of OSEP personnel preparation grants totaling over $6 million in scholarship support. Kea's research focuses on preparing preservice teachers to design and deliver culturally responsive instruction in urban classrooms and ways to infuse diversity throughout course syllabi and teacher preparation programs. Her recent longitudinal works examine how preservice teacher candidates who are being exposed to cross-cultural experiences and culturally responsive strategies during coursework, infuse them in lesson plan development & delivery, clinical practices and induction years.

Recent Publications

Cartledge,  Gwendolyn  Kea,  Cathy  Watson,  Martreece  Oif,  Alaina  ( 2016).  Special Education Disproportionality: A Review of Responses to Intervention and Culturally Relvant Pedagogy.  ( 1,  16,  pp. 1-21).   Multiple Voices.

Trent,  Stanley  Driver,  Melissa  Rodriguez,  Diane  Oh,  Kevin  Stewart,  Shavon  Kea,  Cathy  Artilles,  Alfredo  ( 2014).  Beyond Brown: Empirical research on diverse learners with or at-risk for specific learning disabilities from 1994-2014.  ( 2,  14,  pp. 12-29).   Multiple Voices.

Montalvo,  Robert  Combes,  Bertina  Kea,  Cathy  ( 2014).  Perspectives On Culturally and Linguistically Responsive RtI Pedagogics Through A Cultural and Linguistic Lens.  ( 3,  4,  pp. 203-214).   Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning.

Kea,  Cathy  Trent,  Stanley  ( 2013).  Providing Culturally Responsive Teaching In Field-Based and Student Teaching Experiences: A Case Study.  ( 2,  3,  pp. 81-100).   Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning.

Kea,  Cathy  ( 2009).  Connecting Rural African American Families with Differentiated Home Learning Instruction For Their Preschoolers.  ( 4,  28,  pp. 10-20).   Rural Special Education Quarterly.

Ford,  Donna  Kea,  Cathy  ( 2009).  Creating Culturally Responsive Instruction: For Students' and Teachers' Sake.  ( 9,  41,  pp. 1-16).   Focus on Exceptional Children.

Trent,  S.  Kea,  Cathy  Oh.,  K.  ( 2008).  Preparing Preservice Educators for Cultural Diversity: How Far Have We Come?.  ( 3,  74,  pp. 328-350).   Exceptional Children.

McKinney,  S.  Campbell-Whatley,  G.  Kea,  Cathy  ( 2005).  Managing Student Behavior in Urban Classrooms: The Role of Teacher ABC Assessments.  ( 1,  79,  pp. 16-20).   The Clearing House on Urban Education, 79 (1), 16–20.

Kea,  Cathy  Campbell-Whatley,  G.  Richards,  H.  ( 2004).  Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: Rethinking Teacher Education Pedagogy.    National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.

Kea,  Cathy  Campbell-Whatley,  G.  Bratton,  K.  ( 2003).  Culturally Responsive Assessment for African American Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges.  ( 1,  29,  pp. 24-38).   Assessment for Effective Intervention Journal.

Anderson,  M.  Beard,  K.  Delgado,  B.  Kea,  Cathy  Raymond,  E.  Singh,  N.  Sugai,  G.  Townsend,  B.  Voltz,  D.  Webb-Johnson,  G.  ( 2003).  Excerpts from Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth and Their Families: Promising Practices in Assessment, Instruction, and Personnel.  ( 2,  12,  pp. 12-16).   Beyond Behavior.

Kea,  Cathy  Penny,  J.  Bowman,  L.  ( 2003).  The Experiences of African American Students in Special Education Master’s Programs at Traditionally White Institutions.  ( 4,  26,  pp. 273-287).   Teacher Education and Special Education.

Kea,  Cathy  Trent,  S.  Davis,  C.  ( 2002).  African American Student Teachers' Perceptions About Preparedness to Teach Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.  ( 1,  4,  pp. 18-25).   Multicultural Perspectives.

Cartledge,  G.  Kea,  Cathy  Reed-Simmons,  E.  ( 2002).  Serious Emotional Disturbance: Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Their Families.  ( 1,  11,  pp. 113-126).   Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Cartledge,  G.  Kea,  Cathy  Ida,  D.  ( 2000).  Anticipating Differences – Celebrating Strengths: Providing Culturally Competent Services for Children and Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbance.  ( 3,  32,  pp. 30-37).   Teaching Exceptional Children.

Bacon,  E.  Kea,  Cathy  ( 1998).  Crossing the continental divide: Connecting African–American and Appalachian students through preprofessional conferences.  ( 2,  9,  pp. 86-108).   North Carolina Journal of Teacher Education.

Kea,  Cathy  Utley,  C.  ( 1998).  To Teach Me is to Know Me.  ( 1,  32,  pp. 44-47).   The Journal of Special Education.

Kea,  Cathy  ( 1997).  Reconnecting with African–American families.  ( 1,  2,  pp. 57-61).   Reaching Today’s Youth.