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Kenneth J. Varner (Kenny), Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives, and Director of the Gayle A. Zeiter Center for Literacy

Teaching and Learning
CEB 301
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Dr. Kenneth Varner is a professor in the Teaching and Learning Department, focusing in literacy, language, and cultural studies with an emphasis in glocality. Dr. Varner's initiatives include a cutting edge annual language teaching exchange and conference in Chile, as well as international partnerships in Germany, Croatia, Argentina, and Australia. Varner's scholarly expertise and interest center on the intersections of identity and difference in globalized contexts, with attention to the language and literacy practices of individuals and communities. Varner examines the nature of White Racial Identity, Critical Race Theory, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in urban settings, in addition to the role of international education, neoliberalism, and educational foundations within global language and literacy contexts. He is the author of more than 75 publications including articles in Teacher’s College Record, Educational Foundations, Democracy in Education, and Social Identities: Journal for the Studies of Race, Nation, and Culture among others, and has edited or authored 13 books related to these areas of expertise. Varner studied language, literacy, and culture with a focus on Critical Race Theory and culturally relevant pedagogy at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.