Gifted faculty are a key to any program. The faculty in the School of Teacher Education at IWU are a vibrant and progressive community of instructors who bring a richness and depth of academic and professional experience to their students and believe in the importance of relationship-based teaching.

The professor/student contact does not end when the class period is over. Mentoring and individual relationships have impacted many of our students' lives throughout their tenure at the University.

John A McCracken; MA, PhD Prof; Education john.mccracken@indwes.edu


Dr. John A. McCracken graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1975 with a degree in Christian Education, and from Miami University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1978 and a M.A. degree in Language Arts in 1984. He taught elementary school for 20 years; eight years in the United States and twelve years at Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, South Korea. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in Children’s Literature from The Ohio State University.


A profound hindrance to beginning readers is lack of early experience with books. Some children come to school having many experiences with books. Others come with little or no familiarity. It is crucial that caregivers mediate these literary events early and often for the children to develop and progress appropriately. Therefore, Dr. McCracken is studying the effect of a home library, parent involvement, and support on the reading development of children both in the USA and in China.