Corey McKenna

Corey McKenna

Project Director


Simkins (Alder) Building

Phone: (509) 865-8656

Ext: 2115


Courses Taught

  • ED 316A Science Methods I
  • ED 416A Science Methods II
  • ED 517A Facilitating Learning in Science
  • ED 317A Math Methods I
  • ED 516B Facilitating Learning in Mathematics II

Education and Degrees

Doctorate: Ph.D. — Major: Education — Location: Univ of California, Santa Barbara — Date: 2006
Master's Degree: Master of Arts — Major: Education Administration — Location: Fresno State Univ — Date: 1999
Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Arts — Major: Biology — Location: Fresno State Univ — Date: 1993


Corey started his education career teaching high school biology and chemistry for four years before moving to intermediate grades for several more years. He was also vice principal at a private school in Bakersfield, CA. Eventually, he moved into higher education and began preparing teachers. Corey has spent the last 15 years in teacher preparation, starting at Point Loma Nazarene University in California before moving to the Pacific Northwest at Whitworth University in Spokane.

Professional Experience

Position: Associate Professor of Education
Start Date: 7/1/2012 End Date: 6/30/2016
Company: Whitworth University

Position: Associate Professor of Education
Start Date: 5/15/2004 End Date: 6/30/2012
Company: Point Loma Nazarene University

Special Interests

Outside of teaching and research, Corey is an certified Ironman triathlon coach. He has completed nearly a dozen full Ironman triathlons, more 10 half Ironman triathlons and over 150 other endurance events. In July 2017, he will participant in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon, an ironman-distance triathlon held in some remote places in Alaska.

Research Interests

edTPA (and other teacher performance assessment models) student self-efficacy (in math and science) Emergence of the Triathlon Sport Culture and its Impact Upon Students in the Intermediate Grades

Publications and Professional Affiliations

Publication: Teacher Education Quarterly
Title: Beginning teachers’ perceptions of the California Teaching Performance Assessment experience
Date Published: 4/1/2016

Publication: Education Renaissance
Title: Motivations for Learning: Mastery experiences in a low-socioeconomic middle school
Date Published: 3/1/2014

Publication: The ICCTE Journal
Title: Exposing the Roots of Low Self-Efficacy for Math: A Multi-Case Study of Students in an Urban High School
Date Published: 5/1/2013

Organization: American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
Organization: Association of Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
Organization: American Education Research Assoc (AERA)
Organization: National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)