||B.S. Kent State University
M.A. University of Akron
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Kevin Cordi is new to Ohio Dominican University. He is excited to be part of the AYA program at ODU. He loves teaching and is looking forward to knowing and being part of the ODU community. Before arriving at ODU, he has served as adjunct professor at California State University (Fresno) and as lecturer taught courses at The Ohio State University. Last year he was The Ohio State University's first ever "Academic Storyteller-in-Residence." He worked with The Multicultural Center using narrative to address social justice, equity, and race relations. He, in concert with the center, launched over 40 Story Boxes around the world with his well-known Story Box project.
He values diversity in education. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2001) who traveled to Japan where he was able to accept the honor of addressing the Vice Minister of Education. He recently returned from presenting narrative work in Singapore. He has traveled and taught in 40 states and around the world. He is the co-author of an award-winning text: Raising Voices: Building Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes. He also has been awarded the National Storytelling Network's Service award for his work as a professional storyteller and teacher. He has taught for 14 years at the secondary level in Ohio and California.
One major area of expertise and research is how narrative is used to promote teaching and learning. He believes every student has a new story to tell and creating narrative spaces allows children and young adults to have a voice in the classroom. He also specializes in using process drama with children. Both narrative and inquiry based dramatic learning has been his subjects of scholarship.
He holds a BA in Communication Comprehensive from Kent State University, an MA in Storytelling and Education from the University of Akron with adjoining work from East Tennessee State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in drama, literacy, culture, and reading from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.
He currently holds a chairperson position with the International Reading Association, is board member of National Council Teachers of English Special Interest Group (Storytelling and Story Reading) and Story Consultant for the National Storytelling Network. He loves to spend time with his wife Barbara. He enjoys traveling to see both this country and the world, enjoys reading for pleasure and scholarship, and diving into graphic novels.