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Dr. John Kemppainen


Office for International Collaboration
Coordinator for International Collaboration


Office: 57/3304


Phone: (904) 620-2990


Dr. Kemppainen is a 20 year veteran of UNF and has served as Director of the Office of Academic Advising for the College of Education and Human Services for most of his tenure until, recently when he assumed the role of Coordinator for International Collaboration for the college. Prior to that Dr. Kemppainen served as Director of Career Services and later an Associate Dean at Miami Dade Community College, now known as Miami Dade College, in Miami, Florida. Before coming to Florida, Dr. Kemppainen had assumed various positions with the Ingham County Probate and Juvenile Court in Lansing, Michigan including those of a Child Care Caseworker, Probation Officer, Administrator of Resource and Development and Superintendent of the Juvenile Detention Home.


Dr. Kemppainen holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University and regularly teaches classes in the college. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer to Colombia, South America where he cultivated his interest in international education. While in Colombia, Dr. Kemppainen taught physical education classes at La Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia as well numerous schools in Bogota, Cali and Pamplona.


While at UNF, Dr. Kemppainen has been active in the international programs though the College of Education and Human Services and has been a principle force behind the extended partnership between the country of Belize and UNF. He has led more than 15 study abroad trips to Belize and Honduras and was recognized with the Outstanding International Service Award in 2007 and the Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) Impact Award for his work from 2005 - 2015. Dr. Kemppainen had lead study abroad trips prior to the establishment of the university International Council and has been a college representative on the council since that time. Dr. Kemppainen has also been an active member of the Consortium of Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC) for the past 14 years where he served as the U.S. Chair from 2010 - 2014. UNF is a founding member of COBEC.


In 2015, Dr. Kemppainen served as the Co-PI for an International Initiative grant from the university International Center and received $90,000 from the university to develop, along with colleagues, an International Professional Development School at a Maya Belize Government Primary School in the Capital City of Belmopan, Belize. The grant is currently in its second year of funding.


In addition to his international efforts, Dr. Kemppainen has been the primary contact from UNF to the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc., a state-funded forgivable loan/scholarship program intended to attract more minority students into the teaching profession. He is also a charter member of the Teacher's Academy at St. Augustine High School where he has been active in supporting future teachers in their chosen careers. He has presented at statewide, national and international conferences and conducted workshops both within the state and internationally.