Craig H. Kennedy is the 15th dean of the College of Education and a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education.
Prior to joining UGA, Kennedy was senior associate dean and professor of special education and pediatrics at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He was previously chair of its top-ranked special education department.
Kennedy's research focuses on aggression in people with autism, as well as social relationship development and inclusive education for students with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books, and presented more than 300 papers at national and international conferences. He has been principal or co-investigator on projects receiving more than $16 million in extramural funding and has served as a member of nine editorial boards and as an associate editor for three journals.
Kennedy has received the B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association, Alice H. Hayden Award from the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, and Educator of the Year award from the Nashville Mayor's Advisory Council for People with Disabilities.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Kennedy was an associate professor in the departments of psychiatry and clinical pharmacology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of special education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Under Kennedy's leadership, the College of Education has moved from a ranking of 43rd among schools of education in 2013 to 33rd in 2014, as reported in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools.