Jodi Adams

Jodi Adams

Instructor and Director, CTE New Teacher Institute
Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Room 360 - College of Education
jodi.adams @

 Dr. Adams' curriculum vitae [PDF]


Through a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, I currently serve as the New Teacher Institute Director for Occupation-based Career and Technical Education teachers transitioning from business and industry to pursue teacher certification, as well as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the university, I worked for the Kentucky Department of Education as Career Pathways Branch Manager in the College and Career Readiness Division of the Office of Career and Technical Education, providing support and direction for the Career Pathway Program Consultants.

I taught in Jefferson County Public Schools as a business education teacher at Eastern High School for seven years, gaining Business/Marketing 5-12 teacher certification through UofL’s Master of Arts in Teaching Alternative Certification program. Already a Card First, this experience solidified my love of the university and rooted my pedagogical classroom approach in ethical, reflective, scholarly instruction. Prior to teaching, I served as a School Administrative Manager at Jeffersontown Elementary for two years, giving me a fundamental understanding of education through the lens of a school administrator.

My experiences prior to secondary education were rooted in higher education, working in recruitment and admissions efforts for adult education programs for five years, giving me the opportunity to teach as an adjunct instructor, which created a desire to pursue education as a career. In my twenties, I owned and operated a mail services franchise for eight years, learning the ins and outs of running a business, managing people and working with the general public in a retail setting.

As I work towards the completion of my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, I am humbled to be counted as a faculty member with the esteemed members of the College of Education and Human Development.

Educational Background

  • MAT, Business/Marketing 5-12, University of Louisville
  • MS, Management, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • BS, Management, Indiana Wesleyan University

Research Areas

  • Secondary Career and Technical Education
  • Secondary Student Success
  • Mentoring
  • Culturally Competent Pedagogy
  • Postsecondary Career and Technical Education

Teaching Areas

  • ELFH 316 Instructional Strategies & Facilitation
  • ELFH 510 Teaching Career and Technical Education
  • ELFH 515 Supervised Teacher-Industry Exchange
  • ELFH 574 Classroom Management & Tools
  • ELFH 596 CTE Assessment Seminar
  • ELFH 604 Special Problems in Leading Instructional Improvements
  • ELFH634 P12 Leadership for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
  • ELFH 663 Methods of Facilitation and Instruction.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Kentucky Associate for Career and Technical Education
  • Kentucky Society for Technology in Education
  • National Business Education Association
  • Southern Business Education Association
  • Kentucky Business Education Association
  • FBLA-PBL Professional Division
  • University Council for Education Administration
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Kentucky Association of School Administrators
  • Association of Teacher Educators

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Adams, J., Herd, A. M., & Parr, K. (2020). The efficacy of mentoring for new career and technical education teachers: A review and case example. Presented at the 2020 Career and Technical Education Research and Professional Development Conference.
  • Brewer, C., Ingle, W. K., Aliaga, O., Bosco, C., Adams, J., Nuss, K., Pille, E., & Taylor, C. (2015, November). Critical conversations about the delivery and benefits of study abroad in urban educational leadership. A symposium held at the Annual Convention of the University Council of Educational Administration, San Diego, California.