Stacy Kula, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Educational Leadership Ed.D. Program

Phone: (626) 815-5363
Fax: (626) 387-5739
Office Location: Building One, Office 134
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Stacy Kula, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and currently serves as assistant professor of qualitative research in the Department of Educational Leadership. In addition to her expertise on qualitative methods, her research has focused on factors of achievement for low-income immigrant students, family-community-school partnerships, multilingual education, and effective teacher education for urban contexts. She has been awarded the Tae Kim Han Award for commitment to culture and humanity in her research. Her published works have focused on Latino and Asian immigration and educational experiences (with emphasis on Indochinese groups) as well as on international and multicultural teacher education experiences. Though she is dedicated to pursuing research on ways to encourage high achievement for all students, Dr. Kula’s primary commitment at APU revolves around her teaching. She has been an educator for 20 years, and sees it as her calling to serve her students in order to see the Lord’s purposes and potential for each individual fully realized.


  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. in Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A. in Linguistics and in Spanish Literature, Pomona College

Academic Areas

  • School of Education
    • Department of Educational Leadership
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Achievement Gaps
  • Constructivist Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Education of Latino and Southeast Asian Immigrant Populations
  • Education of Underserved Populations
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Research Methods and Design

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 589 - Research for Educators
  • EDUC 761 - Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 767 - Qualitative Inquiry in Education
  • EDUC 768 - Methods of Data Collection and Analysis