Jana Hunzicker

Associate Professor, William T. Kemper Fellow, CTEL Executive Director

Kaufman Building 212
(309) 677-3201

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 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, she served for nine years as an elementary/middle school administrator before coming to Bradley in 2007.

As a teacher and principal, Dr. Hunzicker regularly planned, delivered, and arranged professional development at the team, school, and district levels, developing great interest in effective professional development over time.  In researching teacher learning during National Board candidacy, she developed a professional learning model called learning leverage, which consists of three dynamics: rigor, reward, and risk. Dr. Hunzicker believes that all three dynamics must be present and fairly balanced in order to maximize professional learning.  

At Bradley, Dr. Hunzicker continues to explore teacher learning and effective professional development through her teaching, research, and service. Conducting much of her research within her own college classroom, she has authored 17 refereed publications and 21 refereed presentations on teaching effectiveness, teacher leadership, scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and effective professional development. In particular, “Effective Professional Development for Teachers: A Checklist” (2011) offers a practical tool that educators at all levels can use to plan, analyze, and assess professional development initiatives. Through her service to the Bradley PDS Partnership, she coordinates professional development for teachers and health sciences professionals including Manual Rounds and the annual Bradley PDS Partnership Spring Celebration.

In addition to her role as CTEL Executive Director, Dr. Hunzicker holds the rank of associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and serves as Bradley’s William T. Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence. 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).