Dr. Joel Judd is the Director of Graduate Studies in Education at Southern Utah University. His research currently focuses on the value of Action Research in developing teacher autonomy and in democratizing teacher knowledge.
For the past 35 years, Dr. Judd has served in various educational capacities as a teacher, professor, program developer, administrator, and supervisor. Work contexts include K-12, adult, immigrant, and higher education, as well as a State Department of Education supervisor. He also taught at the Samsung Language Institute in Korea and served as a professor in the Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Judd earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from San Jose State University, a TESOL Teaching Certificate and a master's degree in TESOL from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in education from University of Illinois.
Industry Expertise (1)
Areas of Expertise (9)
Educational Policy and Reform
Educating Diverse Populations
Curriculum Development and Assessment
Family and Parent Involvement in Education
University of Illinois: Ph.D., Education
Brigham Young University: M.A., TESOL
Brigham Young University: TESOL Teaching Certificate
San Jose State University: B.A., Spanish
Curriculum Innovation Grant, Southern Utah University (professional)
Influencer Award, Southern Utah University (professional)
2016, 2018, 2019
Fulbright Senior Specialist (Guatemala)
- Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
- Canadian Association of Action Research in Education (CAARE)
- Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
- International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)
“This Is Not Teaching”: The Effects Of COVID-19 On TeachersSocial Publishers Foundation
Joel Judd, Betty Ann Rember, Tony Pellegrini, Brian Ludlow, John Meisner
This Project was initiated to shed light on teachers’ experiences as a result of this Spring’s school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020. Its primary goal was to understand teachers’ experiences with mandated online schooling.
The Impact of Community Partnerships on Maya Children's IdentityMaya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis
Joel Judd and Sheryl Ludwig
This paper explores how educational partnerships can support parents and teachers of Maya children as they navigate two worlds: their Maya home culture and the culture of their adopted country.
EDUC 3200 – Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology is designed to give pre-service teachers knowledge of the relationship which exists between psychology, students, and the world of teaching and learning. The course explores concepts pertaining to learning modalities along with multi-cultural and gender-based learning theories.
EDUC 6000 – Principles of Practitioner Research
The study of current psychological principles of teaching and learning as they apply to positivist and constructivist research paradigms. Principles and techniques for studying one’s professional practice. The use of educational measures for evaluation and planning processes.
EDUC 6010 – 21st Century Learning Spaces
Theory and application for creating a 21st century learning environment are the focus for this course.
EDUC 6030 – Educational Research
This course is the first of three courses culminating in a practitioner research thesis. The candidate will examine the origin and nature of practitioner research, and its relationship with a constructivist research paradigm. That paradigm will be contrasted with the prevailing positivist (experimental) view of research.
EDUC 6380 – Ethics and Decision Making for Educational Leaders
Critical thinking and methods of ethical decision making will be examined and applied to current educational issues.
EDUC 6410 – Curriculum & Philosophical Foundations
History and philosophical foundations of curriculum/teaching in American schools emphasizing cultural influences and concepts shaping education in society.
EDUC 6650 – Practitioner Research I
This course builds upon the practitioner research proposal begun in EDUC 6000 - Principles of Practitioner Research by applying action research tools to classroom study.
EDUC 6910 – 21st Century Master Teacher
This course analyzes the characteristics of a “Master Teacher” in the 21st century. National standards, a synthesis of current research, and case studies provide the basis and background for the course.
EDUC 6933 – Practitioner Research II
Student completes and presents a Practitioner Research Thesis based upon a previously selected topic and question.
EESL 4330 – Teaching ESL Learners
Study and apply strategies and methods for selecting, adapting, and developing materials and resources in planning, implementing, and managing standards-based instruction for ESL learners.
EESL 4350 – Family and Parent Involvement in Education
Study and apply best practices to promote positive family, school, and community collaboration. Particular attention is given to trauma sensitive practices and diverse populations.