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rebecca pennington
By Appointment

Rebecca Pennington

Professor of Education

Dean of Social Science and Learning Design


On Faculty Since 2002

Curriculum Vitae

Do you want to change the world? Be a teacher! At Covenant, we are preparing teachers who will impact the lives of children as they cultivate a love of learning and the skills for success. We build our programs on a foundation of biblical principles, weave in practical field experience, and get to know each candidate personally. You’ll leave ready to make a difference in the lives of God’s young learners in a variety of settings.


  • EdD, Learning and Leadership, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2010
  • MEd, Covenant College, 2002
  • BA, Covenant College, 1982

Interests / Specialization

  • Literacy and reading instruction
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum design
  • Higher education pedagogy
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Biblical approach to teaching and learning

Selected Professional Work

  • “Grading Games: Which Game? Whose Rules?” and “Teaching for Deep Understanding: What’s the Big Idea?”, Christian Deeper Learning Conference, March 8-10, 2023 Vancouver, BC
  • September Seminar #1: “Set up for Success”, Covenant College, September 1, 2022
  • Pennington, R. (2022, January 25). What’s love got to do with it. Christian Scholars Review Blog. Link
  • Pennington, R. (2020, February). Assessment as science and story: A roadmap for Christian higher education. Christian Higher Education. Link

Get to know your professor

Q. Favorite local spot?
A. I love the Riverwalk in Chattanooga and its beautiful mountain scenery.

Q. Favorite food?
A. Shrimp and scallops, yum!

Q. What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?
A. Reading a children's picture book!

Q. If you could teach any other major, what would it be?
A. Philosophy, and the rule in my house is, "No philosophy before coffee."