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Theodore Kaniuka

T. KaniukaTed Kaniuka is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Before joining Fayetteville State University in January 2008, Dr. Kaniuka was the Superintendent of Schools for the Pender County Schools from 2004-2007.  He was also an Associate Superintendent for Organizational Improvement for 6 years in the in the Craven County Schools. During his tenure he worked to improve the curriculum and instructional program with many schools and programs achieving both state and national recognition. Prior to his tenure in Craven County Schools he served 2 years as Executive Director for Elementary Education in the Wilson County Schools.  He also served as an elementary principal in Wilson County Schools. Before moving to Wilson County Schools he served as an assistant principal and teacher in the New Hanover County Schools from 1990-1994.  He started is career in education in 1984 working as a classroom teacher in the City of New York's public schools. He has been active in higher education since receiving his doctorate as an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University.

He has made numerous national and international presentations addressing strategic school improvement, the role of paradigmatic perspectives and change in school-based environments. 


Published Intellectual Contributions


Refereed Journal Articles


 Powers, S., Kaniuka, T., Cain, B., Phillips, B. (2016). Instructional Talk-Throughs: The Effect of Peer Coaching on Teacher Efficacy. Journal of Research Initiatives, 2(1).


Kaniuka, T., Mullennix, A. (2015). A Case Study: An Investigation of the High School Experience and College Performance Using Interviews and Latent Growth Curve Modeling. Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research, 1(2). http://journals.uncc.edu/jaepr


 Kaniuka, T., Vitale, M., Romance, N. (2015). Are Internal Validity and Systemic Replication Conflicting Perspectives: Implications for Research-Based Knowledge for Decisionmakers. Journal of Basic and Applied Research International, 11(3), 141-148.


 Kaniuka, T. (2014). Considering district and school factors and their relationship to ACT performance in North Carolina: An examination of the ACT pilot results. International Research Science Network - Education, 2014, 10.


 Kaniuka, T., Mizzelle, S. (2013). The relationship between Teacher and Principal perception’s of Teacher Working Conditions and Student Performance. Comprehensive Journal of Educational Research, 1(2), 20-29. www.knowledgebasepublishers.org/maincjer.html


 Kaniuka, T., Vitale, M. (2013). Making research relevant: An example of aggregating school-based findings in support of decision-making with implications for educational leadership. Issues in Educational Research, 23(1). www.iier.org.au/iier-inf.html


 Vitale, M., Kaniuka, T. (2012). Using a Multiple-Baseline Design Framework for Evaluating Instructional Interventions: Implications for the Adoption of Direct Instruction Reading Curricula in Evidence-Based Reform Initiatives. Association for Direct Instruction, 12(1), 25-36.


 Kaniuka, T. (2012). Toward an Understanding of How Teachers Change During School Reform: Considerations for Educational Leadership and School Improvement. Journal of Educational Change, 13(3), 327-346. www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s10833-012-9184-3


 Kaniuka, T. (2011). Narrowing the Achievement Gap on a State-Wide Scale: Student Success. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 1(1), 10. www.consortiacademia.org/index.php/ijrse/article/view/35


 Kaniuka, T., Vickers, M. (2010). Lessons Learned: How Early College High Schools Offer a Pathway For High School Reform. NASSP - Bulletin, 94(3), 165-183. http://bul.sagepub.com/content/94/3.toc


 Kaniuka, T. (2010). Reading Achievement, Attitude Toward Reading, and Reading Self-Esteem of Historically Low Achieving Students. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 37(2), 184-188.


 Vitale, M., Medland, M., Kaniuka, T. (2010). Implementing Spelling with Morphographs with Above-Average Students in Grade 2: Implications for DI of Comparisons with Demographically-Similar Control Students in Grades 2-3-4-5. Journal of Direct Instruction, 10(1), 17-28.


 Kaniuka, T. (2009). NCLB, school-based instructional policy and decision-making: A proposed research agenda. College Student Journal, 43(3), 787-799.


 Vitale, M., Kaniuka, T. (2009). Exploring barriers to the role of corrective reading in systemic school reform: Implications of a three-part investigation. Journal of Direct Instruction, 9(1), 13-33.


 

Presentations Given


 Kaniuka, T., NCARE, "Case study of Performance Learning Centers in North Carolina," North Carolina Association of Research in Education, Charlotte, NC. (February 11, 2016).


 Kaniuka, T., AERA Annual Conference, "Are Internal Validity and Systemic Replication Conflicting Perspectives: Implications for Research-Based Knowledge for Decisionmakers," American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Il. (April 16, 2015).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Mullennix, A. (Author Only), NCARE Annual Meeting, "A Case Study: An Investigation of the High School Experience and College Performance Using Interviews and Latent Growth Curve Modeling," North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Winston Salem NC. (February 13, 2015).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Powers, S. (Presenter & Author), Cain, B. (Author Only), Phillips, B. (Presenter & Author), NCARE Annual Meeting, "Instructional Talk-Throughs: The Effect of Peer Coaching on Teacher Efficacy," North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Winston Salem NC. (February 13, 2015).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Vitale, M. (Presenter & Author), Romance, N. (Author Only), SREE Annual Conference, "Are Internal Validity and Systemic Replication Conflicting Perspectives: Operational Implications for Utilization of Research-Based Knowledge by Educational Decisionmakers," Washington DC. (March 6, 2014).


 Kaniuka, T., NCARE Annual Conference, "Considering district and school factors and their relationship to ACT performance in North Carolina: An examination of the ACT pilot results," NCARE, Greensboro, NC. (February 22, 2014).


 Kaniuka, T., AERA Annual Conference, "The relationship between high school preparation and success in college: An investigation of how attending an early college high school is related to success in college," American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. (April 28, 2013).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Mizzelle, S. (Presenter & Author), Annual Conference, "The Relationship between Teachers’ and Principals’ Perceptions of the Teacher Working Conditions in North Carolina Elementary Schools and Student Achievement," North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Wilmington, NC. (February 28, 2013).


 Kaniuka, T., Annual Conference, "An Investigation of the Relationship Between Student Achievement and High School Design: Exploring the Early College High School Model in North Carolina," American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada. (April 17, 2012).


 Kaniuka, T., Annual Conference, "Making research relevant: An example of aggregating school-based findings in support of decisionmaking with implications for educational leadership," American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada. (April 15, 2012).


 Kaniuka, T., Fayetteville State University - Building a Collaborative Teaching Model, "Sustaining Improvement: What participants view as critical," Office of Research Initiatives, Fayetteville State University. (October 25, 2011).


 Kaniuka, T., Vitale, M. (Presenter & Author), Romance, N. (Presenter & Author), American Educational Research Association, "Some Methodological Enhancements for Assessing School Improvement through Accountability," New Orleans, LA. (April 8, 2011).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Vitale, M. (Presenter & Author), Romance, N. (Presenter & Author), American Educational Research Association, "Using Quasi-Experimental Multiple-Baseline Designs as a Framework for Selecting Instructional Interventions: Alternatives to Limitations of Randomized Field Trials in Educational Decisionmaking," New Orleans LA. (April 8, 2011).


 Kaniuka, T., NCARE - Research that Define Practice, "Understanding the Early College Model in North Carolina," NCARE, Charlotte North Carolina. (March 24, 2011).


 Kaniuka, T., Second International Conference on Education Research, "Lessons Learned: Cross Creek Early College: What We Know so Far," New Orleans, LA. (September 27, 2010).


 Kaniuka, T., Second International Conference on Education Research, "An Investigation of the Relationship Between Student Achievement and High School Design: Exploring the Early College High School Model in North Carolina Using a Multi-Level Logistic Model," New Orleans, LA. (September 26, 2010).


 Kaniuka, T. (Presenter & Author), Early College High Schools, "Lessons Learned: What we know so far." Jobs for the Future/Bill and Melinda Gates, Atlanta, GA. (February 18, 2010).


 Kaniuka, T., UNC GA University Research Symposium, "Cross Creek Early College Program Evaluation," UNC, Fayetteville State University. (July 9, 2009).


 Kaniuka, T., Fayetteville State University Faculty Symposium, "Research Methods and Task Stream," Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville State University. (May 13, 2009).


Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research


 Grant


Funded


 Kaniuka, T. (Supporting), "Sandhills Regional Educational Consortium - Alternative Principal Licensure," Sponsored by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, State, $5,350,000.00. (January 1, 2011 - August 1, 2014).


 Kaniuka, T., "The influence of college instructors on the academic achievement of students," Sponsored by Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville State University, $23,467.00. (August 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013).


 Lewis, L. (Principal), Kaniuka, T. (Supporting), "CCECHS Research and Engagement Project," Sponsored by North Carolina New Schools Project, State, $19,100.00. (July 1, 2012 - December 30, 2012).


 Kaniuka, T. (Principal), "Program Evaluation of Cross Creek Early College," Sponsored by Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville State University, $5,000.00. (May 30, 2012).


Lewis, L. (Principal), Kaniuka, T. (Supporting), "Development of Demonstration High Schools/Learning Laboratories in North Carolina," Sponsored by UNCGA/The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, State, $56,860.00. (March 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011).


 Kaniuka, T., "Improving High School Graduation Rates," Sponsored by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, State, $175,000.00. (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010).


 

Directed Student Learning


Dissertation Committee Chair, “The Moderating Effect of Beginning Teachers’ Perception of Professonal Learning Communities on Their Perceived Self-Efficacy and Future Career Decisions.” Department of Educational Leadership (August 15, 2015 - Present).
       Advised: Debora Dowless


 Dissertation Committee Chair, “The Moderating Effect of Students’ Perception of Digital Learning Environments on their perceived Engagement and Self-Efficacy in Mathematics.” Department of Educational Leadership. (August 15, 2014 - Present).
       Advised: Dawn Ramseur


 Dissertation Committee Chair, ‘Early College Student Achievement in the University.” Department of Educational Leadership.  (August 1, 2010 - Present).
Advised: Mindy Vickers


 Dissertation Committee Chair, Department of Educational Leadership. (August 5, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Allan Gradnigo


 Dissertation Committee Chair, Department of Educational Leadership. (August 5, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Allan Quinn


 Dissertation Committee Chair, ‘An Investigation of the Relationship Between Minority Students’ Participation in STEM Enrichment Programs and Their Preparedness for Math and Science and Academic Performances: Implications on Students’ Decisions to Major and Graduate in STEM Related Careers Education. Department of Educational Leadership.” (August 5, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Amaka Umerah


 Dissertation Committee Chair, Department of Educational Leadership. (August 5, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Niloofar Agah


 Dissertation Committee Chair, Department of Educational Leadership. (August 5, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Sharmila Udyavar


 Dissertation Committee Chair, “How Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Need for Professional Development Impacts Student Achievement.” Department of Educational Leadership. (August 1, 2015 - Present).
Advised: Tomekia Hutchins


 Dissertation Committee Chair, “Case Study: "The Impact of Economic and Political Changes on a Public Universities Utilization of Indirect Cost Recovery Funds.” Department of Educational Leadership. (August 1, 2012 - May 15, 2015).
Advised: Kimberly McKoy


 Dissertation Committee Chair, "Examining the Effectiveness of Performance Learning Centers in North Carolina through Student Perception and Student Success: Preventing Dropping Out of High School," Department of Educational Leadership. (August 1, 2012 - May 15, 2015).
Advised: Vernon Lowery


 Dissertation Committee Chair, "Teacher Self-Efficacy and School Improvement," Department of Educational Leadership.  (August 1, 2010 - December 12, 2014).
Advised: Seth Powers


 Dissertation Committee Chair, "Principal and Teacher Congruence on Teacher Working Conditions Survey and Student Achievement in Elementary Schools," Department of Educational Leadership.  (August 1, 2009 - May 12, 2011).
Advised: Sylvia Mizzell


 Dissertation Committee Chair, "The Impact of Performance learning Centers on Students Achievement and Self Efficacy," Department of Educational Leadership. (January 1, 2009 - May 10, 2011).
Advised: Jerry Oates


 Dissertation Committee Chair, "Student Persistence in the Community College," Department of Educational Leadership. (January 1, 2008 - May 15, 2010).
Advised: Michael Harpe


 Dissertation Committee Member, "Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions of Instructional Coaches Dispositions and the Impact on teacher Self-Efficacy," Department of Educational Leadership. (August 1, 2013 - Present).
Advised: Donna Albaugh


 Dissertation Committee Member, "Perceptions of School Quality Among Title 1 Parents," Department of Educational Leadership.  (September 1, 2011 - May 15, 2013).
Advised: Delvon Currie


 Dissertation Committee Member, "An Assessment of Elementary School Teachers’ Perceptions regarding Professional Learning Communities: Critical, Human Resource and Structural Factors and Their Effectiveness in Title 1 Elementary Schools," Department of Educational Leadership.  (March 1, 2011 - May 15, 2013).
Advised: Mamie Allen


 Dissertation Committee Member, "Schools to Watch - Implications for North Carolina Middle Schools," Department of Educational Leadership. (August 15, 2011 - December 15, 2012).
Advised: Paula Coates


 Dissertation Committee Member, "Administrator Perceptions of High School Transition Programs," Department of Educational Leadership.  (August 15, 2009 - December 10, 2011).
Advised: Sandra McCormick


 Dissertation Committee Member, "A Qualitative study on Instructional Leaders Perceptions of Transition Programs in Selected North Carolina Secondary Schools," Department of Educational Leadership. (July 1, 2009 - May 10, 2011).
Advised: Paula Archambault


 Dissertation Committee Member, "An Analysis of the Perceptions of Faculty at Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina Regarding Their Awareness and Involvement with PK-16 Collaboration Initiatives," Department of Educational Leadership. (November 30, 2010).
Advised: Teresa Thompson-Pinckney


 Dissertation Committee Member, "An Investigation of Teacher Perceptions of School Culture and Collaboration in Selected North Carolina Traditional and Year-Round Elementary Schools," Department of Educational Leadership. (September 1, 2009 - May 15, 2010).
Advised: De-lecia Council


 Dissertation Committee Member, "Comparison of Teachers’ Perceptions of Professional Learning Communities in Lower Socioeconomic Populated High School and Higher Socioeconomic High School in two North Carolina High Schools," Department of Educational Leadership. (August 1, 2009 - May 15, 2010).
Advised: Kelly Higgins


 

Awards and Honors


 Department of Educational Leadership Teacher of the Year, Fayetteville State University. (May 5, 2016).


 Department of Educational Leadership TOY, Fayetteville State University. (April 1, 2012).

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