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Jonathan K. Parker, Ed.D.

Professor of Education and History

Office Phone: (951) 343-4340
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, Room B240
Office Hours: TR 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ed.D. Educational Psychology University of the Pacific 1990
M.A. Psychology San Francisco State University 1979
B.A. Psychology and Religious Studies University of California at Santa Cruz 1975
  • Additional Education

    California Teaching Credentials:

    •Single Subject Social Studies
    •Multiple Subject

  • Courses Taught

    • Leadership, Worldviews and Contemporary Issues
    • Curriculum Theory and Development
    • Foundations of Service in Higher Education

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    •Church/State Issues in Public Education
    •Teacher Education Accreditation

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    •Associate Professor of Education and Dean of the School of Education, Charleston Southern University (South Carolina), 1997-2000
    •Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department, Huntington College (Indiana), 1988-1997
    •Middle School Social Studies and Mathematics Teacher, Monte Vista Christian School, Watsonville, CA, 1980-1988.

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications


    "The Transformation of Christian Education in the United States: 1955-2005," Paper presented to Christian Education Faculty and Students, Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary, Daejon, South Korea, October 2005.

    "Merit Pay: Best Practices Reports from the Field," Panel Member, California Conference of Academic Deans and Provosts, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, October, 2004.

    "Focused Visits," Workshop, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, April, 2004 (with M. Whyte & G. Scott).

    "A University Committed to the Great Commission," Christianity and the Soul of the University, Baylor University, TX, March, 2004 (with D. Skubik & H. B. Stokes).

    "Creating a Departmental Web Page," South Carolina Association of Colleges of Teacher Education/ South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators Joint Fall Conference, Charleston Southern University, SC, October, 1999.

    “Multicultural Education in the Public Schools: Rhetoric, Reality, and the Christian Voice,” Nurturing Reflective Christians to Teach III, Wheaton College, IL, May, 1998.

    “Measuring Morality: Problems in Assessing the Dispositions of Teacher Education Students,” Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Forum, Atlanta, GA, November, 1996.

    “Speaking the Word in Public School Classrooms - Case Studies,” Nurturing Reflective Christians to Teach II, Azusa Pacific University, CA, May, 1996.

    “Situations of Oppression - Case Studies,” Pedagogy of the Oppressed Conference, Omaha, NE, March, 1996 (with S. Holtrop & P. Downs).

    “Is It Time for the Education Profession to Abandon Affirmative Action?” Association of Teacher Educators Summer Workshop, Williamsburg, VA, August, 1995.

    "The Problem with Tolerance as an Outcome," International Congress on Challenges to Education: Balancing Unity and Diversity in a Changing World, Cancun, Mexico, July, 1995.

    "Christian Outcomes, Public Education," Forester Lecture Series/Faculty Lecture, Huntington College, IN, April, 1995.

    "The Current State of Cultural Literacy in the Elementary Schools," Huntington College Faculty Workshop, Huntington College, IN, August, 1992.

    "Saxon in the Seventh Grade?" Indiana Middle School Association, Indianapolis, IN, March, 1991.

    "The Transmission of Moral Values Versus Values Clarification Versus the Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Moral Education: Which Way Do We Turn?" Taylor University-Huntington College Joint Faculty Workshop on Citizenship, Pokagon State Park, IN, August, 1990.

    Articles and Book Chapters:

    "Self-Regulation May Not Be Enough. A Rejoinder to Horns-Marsh," The Educational Forum, Winter, 2000, pp. 150-153 (with I. Berson, M. Berson, & L. Karges-Bone).

    "Standards²: Implications for Raising Standards Simultaneously for Students and Their Teachers," The Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina, Fall, 1999, pp. 92-94 (with L. Karges-Bone).

    "Multicultural Education in the Public Schools: Reality, Rhetoric and the Christian Voice," in D.C. Elliott and S. Holtrop (eds.) Nurturing Reflective Teachers: A Christian Approach for the 21st Century, 1999, pp. 191-200. Claremont, CA: Learning Light Educational Publishing.

    “Screening Teacher Education Candidates Who Pose a Risk to Children,” The Educational Forum, Winter, 1999, pp. 150-155 (with I. Berson, M. Berson, & L. Karges-Bone).

    “Conceptual Frameworks for Teacher Education Programs at NCATE Accredited CCCU Institutions,” Research on Christian Higher Education, 1997, pp. 1-11.

    “Parens Patriae in the Marketplace of Ideas: Limitations of Freedom of Expression in the Public Schools,” Proteus—A Journal of Ideas, Fall, 1997, pp. 39-43.

    “Tolerance Versus Legitimacy: Christianity and Homosexuality in the Public Schools,” Christian Scholar’s Review, Summer, 1997, pp. 563-572.

    "The Institutional Model and Student Metaphors of Teaching: Making Connections," The Teacher Educator, Autumn, 1995, pp. 124-129.

    "Effective Stewardship: A Model for Teacher Education Programs in Christian Liberal Arts Colleges," Faculty Dialogue, Winter, 1995, pp. 177-183.

    "It's Important: Developing a Mission Statement and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Educational Ministries," Church Educator, June, 1994, pp. 17-21 (with L. Lightner).

    "NCATE, PC, and the LCME: A Response to James Sutton," Phi Delta Kappan, May, 1994, pp. 693-694, 705.

    "Lecturing and Loving It: Applying the Information Processing Model," The Clearing House, October/November, 1993, pp. 8-11.

    "Classroom Management in the Church School," Church Teachers, June/August, 1992, pp. 14-15.

    "Elitism and Mathematics Education: Philosophical and Historical Foundations." Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Science, 1988, pp. 125-134 (with E. Lau).


    Rev. of Christian Teachers in Public Schools: A Guide for Teachers, Administrators, and Parents. Christian Scholar’s Review, Spring, 2000, pp. 630-631.

    Rev. of Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum and Faith, Hype, and Clarity: Teaching About Religion in America’s Schools and Colleges. Christian Scholar’s Review, Summer, 1999, pp. 635-638.

    Rev. of Everson Revisited: Religion, Education, and Law at the Crossroads. Christian Scholar’s Review, Fall, 1998, pp. 203-205.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Member of and Board Secretary for Sandals Church Riverside

  • Community Service & Involvement

    President, Woodlands Condos HOA
    Member, City of Riverside Planning Commission

  • Interests & Hobbies


  • Personal Philosophy

    "Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
    If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

    - Joshua 24:14-15, NASB