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Leilani Nautu - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Leilani Nautu Leilani Nautu

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education | Southern Utah University


Specializing in diversity, disability, ​and inclusion, experimental education, and higher education administration



Dr. Leilani Nautu is an assistant professor of education and the executive director of K12 Programs at Southern Utah University. She focuses on experiential education; diversity, disability, and inclusion; excellence in teaching and learning, and faculty development.

Dr. Nautu is an educational visionary promoting learning for all learners.

Dr. Nautu has a bachelor of arts in social science and a master of arts in education from Chapman University, a master of public administration from Southern Utah University, and a Ph.D in curriculum studies with an emphasis in diversity and disability studies, from the University of Hawaii.

Industry Expertise (3)

Training and Development Education/Learning Program Development

Areas of Expertise (18)

Diversity and inclusion in higher education Education of the Gifted and Talented Curriculum for ESL First Three Years of Teaching Diversity, Disability & Inclusion Higher Education Administration STEM Education Disability Studies Teacher Education Instructional Design Educational Outreach Faculty Development Curriculum Development Grant Writing in Higher Education Mentoring New Teachers Disability Services in Higher Education Culturally Diverse Student Populations Ethics for Educational Leaders

Accomplishments (7)

Board of Trustees Award of Excellence Nominee (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2018

Utah Campus Compact Presidential Award Nominee (professional)

Community Engaged Faculty Member, 2018

Influencer Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2017

Diligence in the Pursuit of Excellence, Arete Award (professional)

Southern Utah University Success Academy, 2015

Teacher of the Year (professional)

Windward School District Kaneohe Hawaii, 2009

Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching Program (professional)

APLE, 2000

Teacher of the Year (professional)

Palm Tree Elementary, 2001, 2002, 2003

Education (4)

University of Hawaii at Manoa: Ph.D, Curriculum Studies

Southern Utah University: MPA, Public Administration

Chapman University: M.A.T., Education

Chapman University: B.A., Social Science

Affiliations (4)

  • Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Pi Alpha Alpha - MPA Honor Society
  • National Society for Experiential Education
  • Experiential Learning and Leadership Institute

Media Appearances (3)

Meet Our Professors: Leilani Nautu, Education

SUU Blog  online


Dr. Leilani Nautu is an assistant professor of education and the executive director of K12 Programs at Southern Utah University. She focuses on experiential education, diversity, disability, and inclusion, and excellence in teaching and learning.

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SUU, Iron County School District partner to help math students

The Spectrum  online


If your college-bound high school student struggles in math, help is on the way.

In an effort to boost scores on ACT exams for students in Iron County, Southern Utah University and the Iron County School District have partnered for several tutoring opportunities.

“Nationwide, there are college students that struggle in their senior year because they have not passed math,” said Leilani Nautu, director of K-12 programs at SUU. “We are trying to bridge that gap and get Iron County students to enter college with higher ACT scores in math so they don’t have that problem later on.”

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Southern Utah University and Iron County School District receive USHE StepUP Ready Grant

SUU News  online


Southern Utah University and the Iron County School District (ICSD) were awarded a $74,977 StepUP READY Grant sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). The goal of the StepUP READY Grant is to create opportunities for public and higher education to work together to promote Utah’s students’ college-readiness.

The program has been made possible through a partnership between SUU and ICSD. SUU’s Dr. Leilani Nautu, director of K-12 programs, collaborated with Jennifer Wood, ICSD director of secondary education and Jet Warr, secondary math specialist, to design the “Step It Up” project.

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Research Grants (1)

StepUp READY Grant

Utah System of Higher Education $74,977


Creating opportunities for public and higher education to work together to promote Utah’s students’ college-readiness.

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Courses (15)

EDUC 2000 Exploring Education in Society

This course explores the historical, philosophical, political and economic foundations of education in the United States. Topics include multiple perspectives, current events, and trends and issues.

EDUC 3000 Principles of Teaching & Learning

This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the Professional Teacher Education Program including standards, requirements, and models of effective teaching.

EDUC 6010 Classroom Management

Theory and application for creating a favorable learning environment by gaining and maintaining the cooperation of the students through 21st Century skills. The coursework has a distinct emphasis on applicable research and discussion of research in the context of experienced teachers.

EDUC 6380 Ethics for Educational Leaders

Critical thinking and methods of ethical decision making will be examined and applied to current educational issues.

EDUC 6420 Education of the Gifted & Talented

Provides multiple cultural and historical perspectives on giftedness and talent, explores characteristics of gifted individuals with emphasis on identifying needs and a general overview of possible services for gifted learners

EDUC 6430 Practicum: Individual Case Study

A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6420 - Education of the Gifted & Talented. Requires an intensive, supervised study of other gifted and talented of an individual child of student’s choice.

EDUC 6440 Creativity in Education

Exploration of theories, research, and strategies concerning creativity and their application to personal creativity and improvement of classroom practice.

EDUC 6460 Identification/Evaluation in Gifted Education

Designed to provide educators with theory and models for identifying students as gifted, creative, and talented. Presents models for evaluation of programs for gifted learners. Explores instruments for use in identification and evaluation.

EDUC 6470 Practicum: Team Consultation

A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6460. Requires participation, as part of a consultative team, to improve practice in an approved setting for a specific child, classroom, school, school district, or other educational entity.

EDUC 6490 Practicum: Classroom Applications

A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6480. Requires application of at least 3 curriculum cognitive, or affective models in the student’s current teaching assignment.

EDUC 6652 M.Ed. Portfolio Writing

This course sets the criteria, strategies, & techniques for writing the M. Ed. Portfolio-based on NBPTS standards and utilizing APA guidelines.

EDUC 6710 Multicultural Education

Examines the social and cultural conditions that influence education. Places emphasis on programs development to meet the needs of culturally diverse school populations.

EDUC 6854 Special Topics in Gifted Education

Special Topics in Gifted Education is a student-centered course. It provides an opportunity for deeper understanding of current trends and issues in Gifted Education. The course is personalized to the student’s interests and concerns and is modifiable so as to create an exceptional learning experience.

EESL 6330 Developing a Curriculum for Pupils Studying ESL

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.

SPED 6120 Applied Behavior Analysis & Management

This course helps students understand how to analyze behaviors, apply interventions, and monitor strategies designed to assist students with mild/moderate disabilities.