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Kyle Znamenak

Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult, Organizational Learning, and Leadership



  • Ph.D. Urban Education with specialization in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education, Cleveland State University, 2020
  • M.A. Psychology with specialization in Diversity Management, Cleveland State University, 2011
  • B.S. Psychology, Baldwin-Wallace University, 2008

Dr. Kyle Znamenak is a diversity and research professional with over ten years of experience in professional development and applied research within higher education and community settings. His research focuses on adult learning, communities of practice, professional development, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and community engagement. He has worked as a part-time instructor in Adult, Professional, and Higher Education, a research associate at The Diversity Institute, and a career specialist at the Office of Career Development & Exploration at Cleveland State University.

Before entering higher education, he worked as a Digital Strategist at a marketing and branding firm, conducting marketing research and training to inform and implement client strategies. Outside the office, he utilizes research to develop and facilitate training and educational programs, including the Building Mutual Respect and Community Trust program, which has trained over 1,000 police officers from Ohio and Michigan. He has also helped produce documentaries and online videos on DEI topics, such as the History of Cleveland's Chinatown. Dr. Znamenak believes that through qualitative and quantitative research methods, organizations and communities may make more informed decisions while valuing individual experiences.

  • Professional Development 
  • Scholarly Development
  • Communities of Practice 
  • Adult Learning 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Community Engagement

Dr. Znamenak is involved in developing and producing films and documentaries in partnership with local filmmakers and non-profits to increase awareness around issues of equity and inclusion. He helped produce the History of ChinaTown, which focused on the immigration and culture of Asian Americans in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Znamenak, K., Lieberth, M., Murphy, J. L., & Sheaffer, A. (2022). Experiences and viewpoints of PhD students completing their dissertations during crises. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2022, 33–43.
  • Znamenak, K., & Hansman, C. (June 2022). Moving from warrior to guardian: Informal learning in police and community relations. The 63rd Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Norman, OK: Adult Education Research Conference.
  • Olszewski, C., Pontikos, K., Znamenak, K., Selker, M., Paoletta, T., Coffman, K., & Hansman, C. (2022). Utilizing autoethnography within a course structure to support developing scholars.  Adult Learning, 33(2), 82 – 88.
  • Olszewski, C., Znamenak, K., Paoletta, T.M, Hansman, C.A., Selker, M.L., Coffman, K.A., & Pontikos, K.B.  (2020) Development of a doctoral program cop and of its members. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 11 (2), 1-13.
  • Adkisson, A., Coffman, K., Galloway, C., Jefferson‐Evans, A., Miller‐McCollum , K., Olszewski, C.A., Spivey, D.A., & Znamenak, K. (2020). Peer mentoring and communities of practice: Reflections from newly minted PhDs. New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education, 2020 (167-168), 107-118.
  • Olszewski, C., Znamenak, K., Paoletta, T.M, Hansman, C.A., Selker, M.L., Coffman, K.A., & Pontikos, K.B.  (2020) Development of a doctoral program cop and of its members. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 11 (2), 1-13.
  • Znamenak, K. (June 2019). Bridging the Community Police Divide through the Planning Table. The 60th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Buffalo, NY: Adult Education Research Conference.


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