Jana Hunzicker

Jana Hunzicker

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Education and Health Sciences, Professor

    Westlake Hall 208
    (309) 677-3171


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 holds the rank of professor in Bradley’s Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership and serves as the 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 coming to Bradley in 2007.


Dr. Hunzicker teaches undergraduate courses in young adolescent development, middle school instruction, and reading/language arts. In addition, she teaches graduate courses in teacher leadership, higher education administration, and scholarly research. 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 teacher leadership, effective teaching practices, teacher learning, professional development, and professional development schools. Her research utilizes qualitative and mixed methods, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study, survey research, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Dr. Hunzicker has authored over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is editor of the NAPDS-endorsed book Teacher Leadership in Professional Development Schools (Emerald Publishing, May 2018) and a guest editor of the winter 2020 special issue of School-University Partnerships, themed “The Impact of Teacher Leadership on Student Learning in Professional Development Schools.”


    In addition to department, college, and university-level service for Bradley University, Dr. Hunzicker chairs the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Communications Committee and serves on the Washington Township United Fund board of directors. She also reviews scholarly manuscripts for six refereed journals, including International Journal of Teacher LeadershipSchool-University PartnershipsJournal of Teacher Development, and International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Hunzicker is the 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).