Rebecca Nelson

Assoc. Professor/Dean, School of Education

In her role as dean, Dr. Rebecca Nelson works with all of the School of Education’s programs including undergraduate and graduate teacher education, principal preparation, and continuing development for licensed teachers. “It is a privilege to work with students who come to us with a desire to develop their educational skills and an honor for those of us who teach and lead in the School of Education to walk alongside our students as they learn, grow, and serve,” says Dr. Nelson.

An alumna of North Park, Dr. Nelson returned to the University and the School of Education for its mission and vision. To Dr. Nelson, North Park’s unique identity, distinctively Christian, intentionally urban, and purposefully multicultural values provides a framework for incorporating faith into our daily interactions with students. She believes these values help inform her students’ teaching abilities.

“Our students become teachers in schools throughout the country and world. The School of Education provides a unique opportunity for students who are looking to be exceptionally well trained and want to serve others,” exclaims Dr. Nelson.

Dr. Nelson also brings significant real-world experience as an educator and administrator to her role as both dean and professor. She taught grades one through six in the Prairie-Hills School District in Markham, Illinois. She was the principal of Markham Park School and of Greenbriar School in Northbrook, Illinois and served as the superintendent of schools in Skokie School District 69.

Recent Publications

Rebecca Nelson. “Embracing Practice: Collaborating to Envision a Map.” American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (February 28, 2013).

Rebecca Nelson. “A New Vision of Teacher Preparation, Part I: Partnerships Perspectives of K-12 Leaders Working with Postsecondary Education.” State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (August 7, 2012).

Rebecca Nelson. “From Theory to Practice: Implementing a Research-Based Clinical Model.” International Colleges of Christian Teacher Education (May 24, 2012).