Stacy Kula, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Phone: (626) 815-5363
Fax: (626) 387-5739
Office Location: Building One, Office 134
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Stacy Kula, Ph.D. currently serves as director of the Educational Leadership Ed.D. program as well as associate professor teaching courses in qualitative research methods and research writing. 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, as well as the Rose Leigler Graduate Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award. 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. She is a co-editor and contributor to the book, High Achieving Latino Students: Successful Pathways Toward College and Beyond, which received AAHHE's 2020 Book of the Year award in the Edited Volume category.

Though she is dedicated to pursuing research on ways to encourage high achievement for all students, Dr. Kula’s commitment at APU also revolves around her teaching. She has been an educator for 25 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.


  • PhD, Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • BA, Linguistics and Spanish Literature, Pomona College

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Department of Educational Leadership


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

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 702 - Proseminar in Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 761 - Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 767 - Qualitative Inquiry in Education
  • EDUC 768 - Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
  • EDUC 771 - Dissertation Milestone: Proposal C