Brenda Kennedy

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Brenda J. Kennedy began teaching at Walden University in May 2005 in the Teacher Leadership Doctoral Program. She also taught in the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development program for one year. She currently mentors doctoral students completing their doctoral studies/dissertations in the Curriculum Instruction, and Assessment Program. Prior to entering higher education in 1995, Dr. Kennedy taught fourteen and a half years in K-12 public education in levels ranging from elementary through high school. She began her professional career in Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois and transplanted to North Carolina in 2003. Her research interests include culturally responsive and culturally sustaining pedagogy, the science of reading, and effective professional development for educators.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive

EDDD 8900 - Completing Doctoral Capstone

EDPD 8910 - Writing a Quality Perspectus

EDPD 8990 - Completing the Dissertation


BA, National College of Education

MA, Northeastern Illinois University

Post-master's Certificate, National-Louis University

EdD, National-Louis University


Kennedy, B. J., Reddick, S. J. (2019). Learner-Centered Strategies That Moderate Student Academic Engagement. Walden University

Kennedy, B. J. (2022). Reimagining Educator Preparation: Lessons Learned from CAED SSR. North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Kennedy, B. J. (2021). Transforming Early Field Experiences Through Partnerships. North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education