Jonathan Eckert, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education
On Faculty since 2009

Phone: (630)752-5179


Ed. D., Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vanderbilt University, 2008

M. Ed., Curriculum Technology-Integrated Instruction, Benedictine University, 2001

B. A., Elementary Education, Wheaton College, 1996

About Jonathan Eckert

Jon taught and coached intermediate and middle school students outside of Chicago and Nashville for 12 years. After completing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University, he was selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education where he worked in both the Bush and Obama administrations on teacher quality issues - work that took him as far away as Muscat, Oman. His efforts in practice, policy, and research are intended to improve teaching, support the interaction of teachers and policymakers in the service of student learning, advance teacher preparation, and enhance science education. He still returns to teach in local public school classrooms to maintain contact with the realities of teaching. In addition to his professional interests, he enjoys playing basketball, trying to keep up with his three children, and spending as much time as possible with his wife.

Courses Taught

  • Education Policy
  • Classroom Communication and Curriculum Integration
  • Theories and Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School Language Arts
  • General Methods of Teaching Elementary and Middle School
  • Science for Elementary Teachers
  • Senior Seminar
  • Statistics in Education
  • Methods Practicum Supervision
  • Student Teaching Supervision


  • Teaching effectiveness and evaluation
  • Strategic compensation
  • Teacher leadership
  • Teacher preparation
  • Science education

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa

Selected Publications

Eckert, J. (forthcoming). The novice advantage: Fearless practice for every teacher. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA. 

Eckert, J. (forthcoming). Student growth measures: A view from the classroom. In Kappler-Hewitt, K. & Amrein-Beardsley, A. (Eds.), Student growth measures in policy and practice: Intended and unintended consequences of high-stakes teacher evaluations. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Eckert, J., Ulmer, J., Khatchatryan, E., & Ledesma, P. (2015). Career pathways of teacher leaders: Adding and path-finding new professional roles. Professional Development in Education. Retrieved from Professional Development in Education>>

Holland, J., Eckert, J., & Allen, M. (2015). From pre-service to teacher leadership: Meeting the future in educator preparation. Association of Teacher Educators Yearbook XXIII. Retrieved from Action in Teacher Education>>

Eckert, J. (2011). Science education. Oxford Bibliographies Online. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from Oxford Bibliographies Online >> 

Eckert, J. (2014, October). Teach like a novice: Classroom management lessons from beginning teachers. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(2), 13-18. Retrieved from Kappan>>

Eckert, J. (2014). Christian liberal arts teacher preparation for 21st century students. Religion & Education, 41(2), 207-19. Retrieved from Religion & Education>>

Eckert, J. (2013, February). Increasing educator effectiveness: Lessons learned from selected TIF sites. A report for Capitol Hill prepared with funding from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Retrieved from the ERIC>>

Egeland, P., & Eckert, J. (2012). Mentoring: A unique opportunity for liberal arts teacher preparation. AILACTE Journal, 9(2), 49-64. Retrieved from AILACTE>>

Eckert, J., & Byrd, A. (December 2012). A different kind of education gap. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(4), 49-52. Retrieved from Kappan>>

Berry, B. & Eckert, J. (2012). Creating teacher incentives for school excellence and equity. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved May 10, 2012 from the National Education Policy Center >>

Eckert, J. (December 2011). Teachers and Faith. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(4), 20-23. Retrieved from Kappan>>

Eckert, J. (Ed.). (2011). Labor management relationships as a vehicle to advance reform: Findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s Labor Management Conference. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from ERIC>> 

Eckert, J., & Raymond, J. (2010, November 10). Friends to teachers at the U.S. Department of Education? Education Week, 30(11), 26-27. Retrieved from Education Week>>

Eckert, J. (2010). Performance-based compensation: Design and implementation at six teacher incentive fund sites. Santa Monica, CA: National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. White paper funded by The Gates Foundation and The Joyce Foundation ($44,000) presented on Senate-side of Capitol Hill for legislators and staffers. Retrieved from the ERIC>>

Eckert, J. (2010, Spring). Compensation and collaboration: Comprehensively improving teaching effectiveness. Voices in Urban Education, 27, 24-34. Brown University: The Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Retrieved from Brown University>>

Eckert, J. & Dabrowski, J. (2010, May). Should value-added measures be used for performance pay. Phi Delta Kappan, 91(8), 88-92. Retrieved from Kappan>>

Eckert, J. (2008, June). Trends in mathematics and science study: International accountability and implications for science instruction. Research in Comparative and International Education, 3(2), 202-210. Retrieved from Research in Comparative and International Education>> 

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