Jana Hunzicker Dissertation

Jana Hunzicker

Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Teacher Education

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Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State University 2006
M.A., Educational Administration, Bradley University 1994
B.S., Elementary Education, Bradley University 1989


Dr. Jana Hunzicker is an associate professor in Bradley University’s Department of Teacher Education and associate dean for Bradley’s College of Education and Health Sciences. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration, a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, Illinois Type 75 administrative certification, and the Illinois superintendent endorsement. In addition to seven years of teaching experience at the middle school level, Dr. Hunzicker served for nine years as an elementary/middle school administrator before transitioning to higher education in 2007.


Dr. Hunzicker teaches undergraduate courses in young adolescent development, middle school instruction, and reading/language arts. In addition, she teaches two graduate courses in teacher leadership. Her teaching style combines traditional instruction, active learning, and reflective practice. She tries to enliven her classes with meaningful discussion, activities, and projects to promote higher order thinking and provide opportunities for students to authentically apply information and ideas.


Dr. Hunzicker's research interests include effective teaching practices, teacher learning, professional development, professional development schools, and teacher leadership. She has experience with qualitative and mixed research methods, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study, and survey research. Currently, Dr. Hunzicker is working with Emerald Publishing on an edited book titled Teacher Leadership in Professional Development Schools. Publication is slated for January 2018.


In addition to department, college, and university level service for Bradley, Dr. Hunzicker chairs the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Communications Committee, serves on the Washington Township United Fund (WTUF) board of directors, and reviews scholarly manuscripts for nine refereed journals, including School-University Partnerships, Teacher Development, and International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is a recipient of the Joan L. Sattler Endowed Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013), the College of Education and Health Sciences Faculty Research Award (2012), and the College of Education and Health Sciences Faculty Service Award (2011).


As an association, we are deeply grateful for the work of conference co-chairs, Jean Eagle and Audra Parker, for a second successful conference in DC. Your leadership and the work of your committee have established a strong foundation for NAPDS’ national conference. Likewise, our journal and news magazine editors, Kristien Zenkov and Ron Siers respectively, are stepping down after six years in those positions. Both publications have seen considerable change during your tenure as editors and the Association has been well served by the quality of and care for the work you have done. We are grateful for your service.

Two members of the leadership team are rotating out of their positions: Marcy Keifer Kennedy has completed her three-year term in the presidential rotation from president-elect to president to past president. Marcy, you were the right person for our transition; your grace and positive disposition kept us focused on our service to the membership. Thanks for your compassion for all of those involved and for the delightful energy you brought to our work. Peggy Lewis has completed her term as chair of the awards committee and we are thankful for the continuity you achieved and for your dedication to helping us celebrate the exemplary and outstanding work of our members. We are grateful for all of these who have voluntarily served in these capacities on behalf of the Association.

With equal gratitude, we welcome a number of Association members into new leadership roles. Seth Parsons and Mandy Bean will be joining us as co-editors of our journal, School-University Partnerships and Eva Garin will be joining our Association secretary, Drew Polly, as co-editors of our news magazine, PDS Partnerships. We also have new chairs for some of our committees: Rebecca Burns for Policy and External Relations, Jana Hunzicker for Communications, Keith Conners for Awards, and Lorri Sapp will join Audra Parker as co-chair for our 2018 conference.

Thanks too, for the faithful participation of our membership. Without your willingness to share what is going on in your partnership, there would be no reason for us to host a national conference. Please make your plans now, to join us in Jacksonville, Florida, March 14-17, 2018. We look forward to seeing you.

Doug Rogers, NAPDS President



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