Dr. Jerry McKim

July 31, 2014


B. S. in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, 1972

M. A. in Liberal Arts from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, 1982

Ph.D. in  School Leadership from Indiana State University, Terra Haute, 2008

Professional Background

Professional educator with teaching experiences spanning forty-two years in elementary, secondary, special education and school administration as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.

Tell us about your job at SJC.

Instructor in elementary and secondary education courses in our Education Division curriculum.

Lead professor and instructor in our dual licensure exceptional needs curriculum.

What motivates you to teach?

Teaching really motivates me. I am inspired by students and their desire to grow intellectually and socially. Simply, teaching is my professional passion.

Research Interests

My professional interests are a catalyst for my lifetime quest to know more about my discipline and pedagogical practices.


Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

International Reading Association

Council for Exceptional Children

Current President for the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children

Representative Assembly from Indiana for the Council of Exceptional Children

Fun Fact

I like to laugh! I try to not take myself too serious.

Favorite Thing About SJC

Saint Joseph’s College is a place for kindred spirits. The grounds and community are hotbeds for encouragement, creativity, and originality.


I enjoy reading, especially history. I enjoy gardening. I enjoy traveling around the United States.



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