Rebecca Eckert

Associate Clinical Professor


Associate Clinical Professor, Teacher Education

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, 2004
B.A. in History and Theatre Arts from Mary Washington College, 1994


Rebecca D. Eckert, Ph.D., is an associate clinical professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut where she works with pre-service teachers as they navigate the joys and challenges of their first classroom experiences. As a Professional Development Center Coordinator for two partner school districts, Becky is fortunate to maintain a “foot in both worlds” of academia and public education. In her former role as the Gifted Resource Specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children, Rebecca co-edited the book Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners with Jeanne Purcell. Her previous work at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented included participation with the research team that developed and implemented the Schoolwide Enrichment Reading Model (SEM-R). Her research interests include talented readers, recruitment and preparation of new teachers, arts in the schools, and public policy and gifted education. She is a former middle school teacher with experience in geography, history, and theatre arts.

Curriculum Vitae:

Rebecca D. Eckert’s CV

Areas of Expertise:

Teacher Education

Professional Development

Gifted & Talented

Adolescent Literature

Children’s Literature



Arts Education

Social Studies Education


Early Leader in Gifted Education from the National Association for Gifted Children (2009)


Phi Beta Kappa

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Learning Forward (formerly The National Staff Development Council)

National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Contact Information
Phone860 486 8909
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
Office LocationGentry 303A
CoursesEGEN 3100 - Seminar: The Student as Learner EGEN 4110 - Seminar: Analysis of Teaching EDCI 5092 & 5094 - Graduate Internship Supervision EDCI 5093 & 5095 - Seminar: Education in Action