Mr. Mark Hopkins

Instructor of Education

Department Chair

B.A. Buena Vista University; M.S. Peru State College; M.S. Northwest Missouri State University; ABD, University of Iowa

Mr. Hopkins, a Buena Vista University graduate, returned to BVU bringing years of experience in PK-12 public education. Professor Hopkins served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. He has a strong interest in professional learning communities (PLC's), teacher leadership, instructional coaching, and standards-based instruction.

Professor Hopkins actively studies educational issues related to race, gender, and social class, and how these issues impact teachers and students in PK-12 public schools. Mark is currently conducting archival research about the history of Iowa's community colleges. The purpose of the research is to discover how early college officials developed comprehensive community colleges that were not limited to vocational-only education.


Art EducationEducational StudiesElementary EducationSecondary Education


History of American Education; Learning and Motivation: School Age Children; Learning and Motivation: Adolescents; and Professional Seminar I & Field Experience.