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Assistant Professor, Education

Coordinator, M.Ed. in Reading and Literacy, M.Ed. in Teaching and Leadership and Reading Specialist Certificate Program


Pictured is Kristen Misutka. Photo by Randall Coleman.

Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Science, Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Master of Education, Reading, Slippery Rock University 
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Learning and Leadership, Gannon University 

Courses Taught

  • Differentiated Instructional Practices in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Special Education and Inclusive Practices
  • Human Behavior and Classroom Management
  • Building Family Partnerships
  • Differentiated Reading for the Developing Child
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
  • Evidence-Based Effective Instruction: Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Evidence-Based Effective Instruction: High Incidence Disabilities
  • Literacy and Learning in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Technological Literacy for Education for the 21st Century
  • Research Methods I: Quantitative Methods


Kristen Misutka, Ph. D., is an assistant professor of education at Point Park University. Prior to joining the School of Education as full-time faculty, Misutka was an adjunct faculty member at Point Park and a teacher at Gateway School District. During her teaching career at Gateway, Misutka taught high school English for 10 years. Additionally, she taught special education at the middle school and high school level for seven years. 

Misutka's teaching philosophy emphasizes being a “student of your students,” following Carol Ann Tomlinson (2017). She is committed to preparing educators to lead learners to succeed in a culturally diverse classroom.

Curriculum Vitae



  • Certified Library Media Specialist
  • Supervisor of Special Education
  • English 7-12
  • Principal Certification
  • Reading Specialist
  • Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped K-12


  • Outstanding Student in Organizational Learning and Leadership, Gannon University, 2016

Publications and Presentations

  • "Organizational Leadership," in M. Dodds and J. Reese (Eds.) Sports leadership: A Reference Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media. 2015.
  • “Servant Leadership Survey Results and Discussion,” CHESS Humanities Conference, Gannon University, Feb. 2017.

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