Jean L. Hearn, PhD
Jean L. Hearn, PhD

Jean L. Hearn, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary School Math Methods
  • Elementary School Science Methods
  • Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Education

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDU 104
  • EDU 170
  • EDU 556
  • EDU 559
  • EDU 560
  • EDU 561
  • EDU 568
  • EDU 569

Biography

Jean Hearn completed her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, her Master's of Science in Education at University of Omaha, and her doctoral work at Creighton University in the Doctor of Interdisciplinary Educational Leadership.  Dr. Hearn has spent much of her career teaching in both public and Catholic elementary schools.  Currently she teaches both early childhood and elementary education methods courses.  Her passion lies in early childhood education, which inspires much of her research.

Dr. Hearn has three children (AJ, Hannah and Luke), one daughter in law (Liz), two dogs, and a wonderfully supportive husband. 

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Preparation and formation of Catholic school early childhood religious education teachers
    • Early childhood education teacher and paraprofessional workforce development                                   
    • Developing effective online teaching and learning strategies                                

Current Research Projects

    • Engel, M., Brock, B.L., Cook, T., Simonds, T., Fussell, R., Hearn, J. Your Catholic School’s Identity: Name It, Claim It, and Build on It. Book Proposal accepted by the National Catholic Education Association. 
    • Hearn, J., Olson, L. Collecting data. Funded by The Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program Grant Award.
    • Mausbach, A., Hearn, J. “Measuring the effectiveness of coaching on student outcomes using the student-centered coaching model” Collecting data