Online Ed.D. Faculty

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Jana Hunzicker

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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


Dr. Hunzicker currently teaches graduate courses and serves as a faculty advisor for students enrolled in Bradley’s online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program.


Dr. Hunzicker has authored over 75 refereed journal articles and book chapters on topics related to teacher leadership, higher education leadership, effective teaching, and professional development. Her research approach features qualitative and mixed methods research designs, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study, survey research, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).


Dr. Hunzicker is the editor of the NAPDS-endorsed book Teacher Leadership in Professional Development Schools and served as a guest editor for the winter 2020 special issue of School-University Partnerships, themed “The Impact of Teacher Leadership on Student Learning in Professional Development Schools.” She is the creator of the Characteristics of Effective Professional Development Checklist and the Five Features of Teacher Leadership Framework and Self-Determination Guide, both practical tools that teachers and others can use to increase their teaching and leadership effectiveness in daily practice.

Awards and recognitions

Dr. Hunzicker is a past recipient of the Joan L. Sattler Endowed Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the College of Education and Health Sciences Faculty Research Award, and the College of Education and Health Sciences Faculty Service Award, as well as the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Service Award.