Dr. J. KENNEDY

Dr. J. Kennedy
B.Sc., MA, M.Phil., Ph.D
Senior Lecturer in English
Department of Languages,
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Phone: (+94) (65)-2223050 (Res) / (+94) 77-6915612 (Mobile) / (+94) (65) – 2240490 (Office)
Facsimile: 065-2240730 & 2240549 (Office)
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Profession

  • Senior Lecturer in English Grade – I from 13.07.2015 till date – Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Senior Lecturer in English Grade – II from 13.07.2009 to 12.07.2015 – Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Lecturer (Probationary) in English from 01.08.2000 till 12.07.2009 – Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Lecturer (Probationary) in English from 01.04.1997 to 31.07.2000 – South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  • Assistant Lecturer from 01.07.1995 to 20.09.1997 –St. Joseph’s College, India

University Education

  • 2012 Ph.D. in English Literature on the Black American psychological literature.
  • 1995 – 1997 M.Phil. in English at the Bharathidasan University, India.
  • 1993 – 1995 M.A. in English at the Bharathidasan University, India.
  • 1990 – 1993 Post Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering, JKK Institute of Computing, India
  • 1987 – 1990 B.Sc. in Mathematics at the Bharathidasan University, India.

Publication

  1. Students VS Language: Challenges Faced by the Undergraduates Offering English Medium of Instruction in Sri Lanka, PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 2454-5899, Special Issue Volume 3 Issue 1, pp. 554 – 566, DOI-https://dx.doi.org/10.20319/pijss.2017.s31.554566.
    Edited a study pack for General English for the first year (two semesters) undergraduate of the Faculty of Arts and Culture of the Eastern University, Sri Lanka, 2017.
  2. “The Socio-economically Advanced versus the Disadvantaged Blacks in the Novels of Toni Morrison” an article published in bi-annual referred journal of the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka Neithal for the volume 07, No. ii 2014.
  3. “The Old – Young Clash: A Study of Toni Morrison’s Novels” an article published in bi-annual referred journal of the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka Neithal for the volume 07, No. i 2014.
  4. Editor for the bi-annual referred journal of the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka Neithal for the volume 02 No; 02, 2009.
  5. Official translator for the study pack for the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 2011.
  6. Official translator for the part of Sri Lanka Accounts Standards 2012 & 2013 for the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
  7. Official translator for the part of Sri Lanka Auditing Standards 2013 for the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 2012.
  8. Book authored titled Writing Techniques released in 2009. ISBN: 978-955-51506-0-6
  9. Book authored titled Everyday Grammar for the Beginners released in 2009. ISBN: 978-955-51506-1-3
  10. Edited a classical work of Shakespeare The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark released in 2008. ISBN: 978-955-51506-3-7.
  11. Compiled and edited a collection of classical poem of the Romantics and the Victorians titled Romantic and Victorian Poetry: An Anthology and released in 2008. ISBN: 978-955-51506-2-0
  12. Translator and co-editor for documental DVD titled Rituals in Eastern Sri Lanka; 4 volumes, released in 2008.
  13. Co-authored book titled Project Proposal and Project Preparing, published by World Vision Lanka in 2008.
  14. “Recolonization” (kWfhydpj;Jtk;), article published in the annual journal Thenagam, published by Cultural Forum, Manmunai North Divisional Secretariat, Batticaloa; Vol.15, 2007.
  15. “Children of Today in Freudian Concept” (Gnuha;bd; rpe;jidapy; ,d;iwa Foe;ijfs;), article published in the tri-annual journal Thondan, published by Social Communication Centre, Batticalao, Vol.38; 2007.
  16. Short story, ,Wjpf;fzk; (“Last Moment”) published in the quarterly journal Soll, published by Women and Media Collective, Colombo, First quarterly, 2009. Page:22-24. ISSN: 1391-958X .
  17. Short story, fhj;jpUg;G (“Awaiting”) published in the quarterly journal Soll, published by Women and Media Collective, Colombo, First quarterly, 2011. Page:54-59. ISSN: 1391-958X .
  18. Official translator for the Chartered Institute of Sri Lanka for their publication since 2010 for Sri Lankan Accounting Standards and Sri Lankan Auditing Standards.


Conferences

  1. Presented a paper on Evaluating the Tasks of the English Language Teaching Units/Departments for English Language Proficiency of the Undergraduates at the 6th Biennial International Conference conducted by the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka on 19-20 September, 2017.
  2. Presented a paper on The Impact of Implementing e-Technology in the Guidelines on National Educational Standards and ISA Competencies in the schools in the Batticaloa Educational Zone at the 6th Biennial International Conference conducted by the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka on 19-20 September, 2017.
  3. Presented a paper on Students vs. Language: Challenges Faced by the Students Offering English Medium Instruction - With special reference to the second year students at the Eastern University, Sri Lanka at the 9th International Conference on Psychology, Language and Teaching (ICPLT) conducted by Global Psychology and Language Research Association (GPLRA) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand on 28-29 December, 2016.
  4. Presented a paper on Prevalence of Gender Based Domestic Violence (A Case Study) with Special Reference to Eravur Pattu Divisional Secretariat Division, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka- A Case Study at the 15th National Convention on Women’s Studies conducted by Centre for Women Research (CENWOR), 2nd & 3rd December, 2016.
  5. Presented a paper on Domestic Violence vs. Children’s Future: A Study in the Eravur Pattu Divisional Secretariat Division, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka at the 15th National Convention on Women’s Studies conducted by Centre for Women Research (CENWOR), 2nd & 3rd December, 2016.
  6. Presented a paper on The Women Participation in the Ex-Officio Positions in the Unions With Special Reference to the Four Approved Unions of the Eastern University, Sri Lanka at the International Conference on “Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGVB) in South Asian Institutions of Higher Education” conducted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Eastern University, Sri Lanka in 2015.
  7. Presented a paper on The Relationship between Socio-economic Status and te Motivation for English Language Learning with Special Reference to Grade 10 Students of the Batticaloa Educational Zone at the 8th International Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association (SLELTA) Conference on English Language Teaching in the 21st Century: Local Identities and Global Realities conducted by the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association (SLELTA) in 2014.
  8. Read a paper titled Resettlement: Are the Victims Really Resettled? – A Study of Resettlement Pattern in Swiss Village in Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka in April 2011 at the International symposium, conducted by the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  9. Read a paper titled Redefining the Term Microcredit in February 2011 at the International Conference Athenium, conducted by Bharathidasan Institute of Management, India.
  10. Read a paper titled Resettlement: Does It Make a Sri Lankan Mosaic? – A Cultural Perspective of Resettlement Pattern of Tsunami Affected People in Thiraimadu Village, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka in November 2010 at the Annual Research conference conducted by the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  11. Read a paper titled English Teachers versus English Teaching: A Critical Study with Special reference to Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka in May, 2010 in Malaysia at the 8th Malaysian International Conference on English Language Teaching, Malaysia.
  12. Read a paper titled Economically Privileged and the Underprivileged – A Sri Lankan Reading of Toni Morrison’s Novels in December 2010 at the Annual Research Session conducted by the Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  13. Read a paper titled English Teachers versus English Teaching with Special Reference to the Batticaloa District in the International Symposium held in November 2008 conducted by South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  14. Reviewer for the 4th International Symposium 2014.

Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Foreign Evaluator

  1. Alagappa University, India
  2. Andra University, India
  3. Bharathidasan University, India
  4. Periyar University, India
  5. The Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University, India.

Examiner

  1. Setter and marker for Master of Education degree programme in the Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  2. Setter and marker for BA degree programme in the Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  3. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
  4. Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies
  5. Trincomalee Campus of the Eastern University, Sri Lanka

  • Head, English Language Teaching Unit, Eastern University, Sri Lanka since October 2014 till date.
  • Coordinator for the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Cell of the Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Member of the Faculty representative for the Senate, Eastern University, Sri Lanka since August 2014 till date.
  • Co-chair for the 4th International Conference of Eastern University, Sri Lanka from May 2015 till date.
  • Editor for the Eastern University, Sri Lanka Newsletter for the first issue.
  • Deputy Coordinator for the English Language Skills for the University Development Grant (UDG), Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century (HETC) World Bank Project, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from 01st February, 2012 to July 2015.
  • Coordinator, English Language Teaching Unit, Eastern University, Sri Lanka since April 2012 to October 2014.
  • Coordinator for Higher Degree Programme, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from 20.01.2012 to 20.05.2015.
  • Vice President for Teachers’ Association of the Eastern University (TAEU) from April, 2015 till date.
  • President for Teachers’ Association of the Eastern University (TAEU) from January, 2012 to January, 2013.
  • Senior Treasurer for the Catholic Association, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from 2014 to 2015.
  • Deputy coordinator for the Ethnic Cohesion for the HETC Project, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from February 2011 to March 2012.
  • Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka for the IRQUE-QEF-Batch-3 programme, 2008 – 2010.
  • Coordinator for Discipline of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from 01.11.2011 to 30.11.2011.
  • Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka for the External Degree Programme, 2009 – 2011.
  • Member of the Sports Advisory Board for the year 2011/2012, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Students’ Counsellor, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Faculty representative for the Staff Development Centre, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Faculty representative for the Research and Publication Grant Committee, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Visiting lecturer, Eastern University, Sri Lanka (Trincomalee Campus) and South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  • Acting Head, Department of History, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.

Member of Bodies

  • University Grants Commission appointed member for the Board of Study for Teaching Literature in a Second Language Context of the Postgraduate Institute of English (PGDIE) of the Open University of Sri Lanka from 1st April, 2017 till date.

Social Associations

  • Trainer to Governmental and Non-governmental sectors at various levels of officials.
  • Conducted workshop on teaching English Literature at the school level in Batticaloa and Kalkudah Educational zones.
  • Teaching English Literature for the GCE (O/L) students at Vincent Girls’ National High School, Batticaloa.
  • Member of the School Developmnet Society, Vincent Girls’ High National School, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, from 2008-09.
  • Life member and Assistant Secretary / Educational Development for the Old Boys’ Association (Parent Body), St. Michael’s College, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
  • Member of the Parish council, Our Lady of Presentation Church, Thandavenvelly, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.


Training Experiences

  • Student Counsellor for the Eastern University, Sri Lanka and South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  • Senior Counsellor for the Catholic Association, Eastern University, Sri Lanka from 2014 - 2015.
  • I have been a trainer to many NGOs and INGOs for the past five years.

Out-job Trainings:

  • Attended many workshops and seminars on Disaster and Risk Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Coastal Community Resilience.
  • Survey Conducted
  • Did a full survey to World Concern Development Organization island wide on their works and assessed the performances of the employees.
  • Supervisor and coordinator to conduct Community Perception Survey for International Organization for Migration with the Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  • Conducted a survey for the World University Services Canada (WUSC) in assessing the abilities for the youths who underwent a training programme named Youths in Transitional Project.
  • Conducted a technical and socio-economic survey for the Luthern World Relief (LWR) on their housing project.

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