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Jack W. Denny, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
World Languages Content Area Specialist
Director, Teacher Preparation

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.A.T in Secondary Education

FND 504 History and Philosophy of Education
SEC 502 Introduction to Teaching at the Secondary Level
SEC 524 Communicative Language Teaching in Modern Language Classrooms
SEC 590 Student Teaching Seminar

Ed. D in Educational Leadership

EDL 604 Administrative Issues for Pluralistic Schools
EDL 605 Leading Change
EDL 606 Principles and Fundamentals of School Leadership
EDL 608 Community Engagement
EDL 620 School Leadership: Policy and Politics
EDL 624 Professional Development and School Change
CDD 699 Dissertation Educational Leadership

Areas of Expertise:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Methodology in Teaching World Languages
Organizational Development and Change


Dr. Denny joined the NLU faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor in the secondary eduation and educational leadership programs. During his career in public eduation, he has served as a classroom teacher of German, world languages department chair, fine arts division head, and assistant superintendent for curriclum and instruction. Dr. Denny has provided staff development across the country and abroad for teachers of world languages, specializing on the relationship of curriculum content to standards and assessments.


B.A. in German -- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.Ed. in School Administation -- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment -- University of Illinois at Chicago

Research and Interests:

Curriculum Design
Organizational Behavior
The Role of Efficacy in Teaching and Learning

Contact Information:


Phone: 847 947-5377


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