Jack E. Beckman

Professor of Education
Department Chair
On faculty since 2004





PhD, Cambridge University, 2004
MPhil, Cambridge University, 2001
MEd, Covenant College, 1998
BS, Georgia State University, 1976


Professional Interests

My research interests focus on teacher professional identity, pre-service training and its effects on future professional pedagogy, and the interrelationship of time, narrative and memory with respect to the professional and personal lives of teachers. Moreover, my research pursuits involve the life and work of Charlotte Mason, an English educationalist who lived from 1842-1923.


Personal Interests

I enjoy reading on many levels both personal and professional and usually keep four or five books going. My wife and I enjoy having students in our home for meals and conversation and do so as often as possible. Moreover, we work with the Collegian Ministry Team of our local church, St. Elmo PCA. I serve on the Board of Lookout Mountain CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy) as well as ChildLight USA.


Covenant Activities

At present I am the faculty advisor for Student Senate and Education Club, and sit on the Multicultural Faculty Committee.


Professional Membership

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Christian Schools International


Selected Publications

  • When children love to learn. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. 2004..
  • "Gathering the scattered in school communities." In Schools as communities - educational leadership, relationships and the eternal value of Christian schooling. Ed. b James Drexler. 149-71. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design. 2007.


"The education department at Covenant College has really helped us prepare for teaching careers, and they provide us with many opportunities to work in classrooms along the way. I was able to work with a classroom as early as my freshman year. Being able to go into an elementary school classroom and utilize what we have learned in our classes has been extremely helpful for me to not only learn what I am studying, but also learn how to use it."
 - education major Mark Paczewski '16

"My favorite class so far has definitely been T.I.P.S. (Teaching In a Pluralistic Society)...It was such a hard semester enduring the readings, projects, and papers for that class, but through homework, the lectures, and the challenging discussions, I learned so much about how to be diversity-minded while teaching. Though the class is focused on educating children, the topics that were raised really encouraged me to broaden my worldview and place aside hidden biases within myself. "
 - interdisciplinary studies major Daniel Sluis '16
Jonathan describes Covenant's master of education program and what sets it apart.