Vera Kennedy, Lecturer

Office: SS 129
Office phone: 278-2892

Class Schedule Spring 2019

Class Time Days Location

Virtual Office Hours:  MW  6:00-8:00 pm, T & Th 12:15-1:00 pm by appointment

Personal Biography

Vera G. Kennedy is a Lecturer at California State University, Fresno and a tenured faculty at West Hills Community College Lemoore. Dr. Kennedy received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and Masters in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno and her doctorate from Argosy University in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Kennedy teaches courses in cultural diversity, deviance, drugs and society, mental health, social problems, and applied sociology. She received the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award and was recognized by the West Hills College Lemoore Team TEACH program as an All-star in Teaching. Her most recent publication was on The Influence of Cultural Capital on Hispanic Student College Graduation Rates.

She has experience working with nonprofit and public agencies in organizational development, grant writing, program evaluation, and social research. Dr. Kennedy is certified by the National Grant Writers Association as a Senior Certified Grants Specialist and Certified Grants Reviewer. Before teaching full-time, she worked as the Juvenile Justice Services Coordinator for the Fresno Superior Court and assisted in the establishment and facilitation of the Juvenile Mental Health Court for Fresno County. Prior to the Court, Dr. Kennedy owned and operated a private consulting firm for six years. From 1999-2002, she was the Associate Director for the Central California Center for Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Kennedy served on the Board of Directors for Comprehensive Youth Services, a child abuse prevention agency for eight years. She was appointed by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Fresno County Foster Care Oversight Committee for six years. She most recently served as a member of the Fresno County Human Resources Advisory Board responsible for reviewing and recommending local grant funding administered by the County of Fresno.