Brian Yontz, Associate Professor of Education, joined Wittenberg University's faculty in 2006. Yontz is a product of the Springfield City Schools and considers it a true blessing to work with the students and teachers in Clark County and the Springfield City Schools.
From 2006-2009, Yontz served as the Director of Student Teaching and Teacher Placement. In the fall of 2009, he moved into a full-time teaching position, teaching courses in urban education, educational psychology, and foundations of education at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, Yontz is a Faculty Athletics Representative at Wittenberg and serves as a Board of Examiners for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
In the past, Yontz has served the Education Department as the Director of Licensure and Program Approval. Prior to coming to Wittenberg, he was the Partnership and Outreach Coordinator at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Along with working extensively in partnership schools, Yontz also supervised student teachers and practicum students at WSU.
Yontz is the author of multiple peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented at numerous state and national conferences. His main areas of research are initial teacher education program policy and design, urban schooling, and the intersection of society, history, human development, and schools. In 2015, he won the Scholar Award from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education for research focused on alternative pathways of teacher credentialing. One of Yontz’s professional highlights was the opportunity to study with Dr. John Goodlad and going through the National Network for Educational Renewal’s Leadership Associates Program in 2006.
Yontz has a B.A. from Asbury College, a M.S. from Wright State University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has completed six full marathons, is an avid golfer, has traveled to 48 states, and serves on the Clark County area committee for Young Life. He lives in Springfield with three incredible girls, his wife Erin and daughters Claire and Caroline.