John Finch

John Finch

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty, Social Studies Education

Department of Elementary, Middle & Secondary Teacher Education
Room 152 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-0583
jtfinc01 @

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I was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan, just a few miles west of Detroit. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and a Masters of Arts degree with a reading concentration from Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Highland Heights, Kentucky. Later, I achieved my Rank I in Educational Administration from both NKU and the University of Kentucky. I spent my first fifteen years teaching in elementary classrooms, grades 2-5, in northern Kentucky. The last nineteen years of my time in K-12, I spent in the ‘extended classroom’ as an elementary school principal in two school systems local to Louisville, Carroll and Oldham County. As an administrator, I was recognized with Outstanding Service Awards and when I retired from public schools in 2012 I was recognized as an Outstanding Administrator in Kentucky. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Louisville in 2008 with a focus in curriculum and instruction.

My wife and I attended grade school together in Michigan and then reconnected 17 years later in Berea, Kentucky at a Summer Dance Camp. After nearly 30 years we still are part of the contra dance community with the Louisville Contra Dancing Group.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville
  • Rank I, Educational Leadership; Elementary School Principal Certification, K-4; Northern Kentucky University
  • MA, Elementary Education, Northern Kentucky University
  • BS, Elementary Education, 1-8, Xavier University

Teaching Areas

  • Cross-cultural competence
  • General Methods
  • The Teaching Profession
  • Public Schools in America

Research Interests

  • Culturally responsive teaching/Multicultural Education
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Academic achievement of diverse student populations

Honors and Awards

  • 2022, Community Service Award, CEHD
  • 2018, Faculty Favorite, 1 of 5 at the University Level
  • 2012, Kentucky State PTA Outstanding Educator
  • 2010, Outstanding Collaborative Partner, Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education, University of Louisville
  • 2008, Graduate Student of the Year, CEHD; University of Louisville
  • 2008, Graduate Dean’s Citation, University of Louisville
  • 1994, Outstanding Public Service Award
  • 1995, Outstanding Educator Award; Administration
  • 1993, Golden Apple Award, Northern Kentucky
  • 1986 , Outstanding Young Educator of Kentucky
  • 1984, Top Tri-State Teacher; Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky