Preparing Educators as Leaders

Ngondi Kamatuka

School of Education - Education Administration
Executive Director for Diversity and Equity
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka is the new director of the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs in the Achievement and Assessment Institute. He has been with the University of Kansas since 1987 and has served as academic services coordinator for the Upward Bound program and interim director for the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service. Kamatuka holds a master's and doctoral degree in higher education from KU and a bachelor's degree in education from Tabor College. He taught in the KU School of Education for 15 years. He has served as president of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), and he also served as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council for Opportunity in Education.

Currently, he is serving as advisor to a Science in Society Catalyst Grant funded by the University of Liverpool European Commission. The grant provides for projects at the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia; the Children's University and the ZOOM Children's Museum in Vienna, Austria; and the University of Tubingen in Tubingen, Germany.

Kamatuka is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the KU Unclassified Employee of the Year, the KU School of Education Achievement Award for Professional Staff and the KU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator.


Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Kansas

M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Kansas

B.A., Education, Tabor College

Selected Presentations

Kamatuka, N. . (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017). The Ovaherero Nama Genocide. 3rd Pan-American Interdisciplinary Conference, PIC 2017. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kamatuka, N. . (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016). Connecting your Program to Current Campus Priorities. Making Equity and Inclusion Real: College Access and Success. Council in Opportunity in Education's 35th Annual Conference . San Diego, CA

Kamatuka, N. . (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016). Pre-Conference Presentation: Combining Your Colors to Make the Perfect Board. Council for Opportunity in Education's 35th Annual Conference . San Diego, CA

Kamatuka, N. . (01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016). Roundtable. The GEAR UP 7th Year GEAR UP Conference. New York, NY

Selected Grants

, , Kamatuka, Ngondi, (Principal), GEAR UP Highland Park High School Cluster, (01/01/2014 - 12/31/2021). Other. Status: Not Funded.

, , Kamatuka, Ngondi, (Principal), College Assistance Migrant Program, (01/01/2015 - 12/31/2020). Other. Status: Not Funded.

, , Kamatuka, Ngondi, (Principal), GEAR UP Harmon Cluster, (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2018). Other. Status: Not Funded.

, , Kamatuka, Ngondi, (Principal), GEAR UP Washington Cluster, (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2018). Other. Status: Not Funded.

College Access Challenge Grants, Kansas Board of Regents, (01/01/2008 - 12/31/2015).

Selected Awards & Honors

University of Kansas Re-Accreditation Review Committee
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
2014 - 2015

10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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