John A. Beineke is an affiliated professor in the UI&U Ed.D. Program and a Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Professor of History at Arkansas State University. Beineke holds a B.S. in Social Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University, an M.A. in History and Political Science and an Ed.D. in Social Science Education, both from Ball State University (IN). He has been a public school teacher, professor, college and university administrator (department chair and dean), and a Program Director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Leadership, Youth, and Higher Education. In the higher education arena he has taught and has been an administrator at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Central College (IA), the University of Evansville (IN), and Kennesaw State University (GA).
Beineke teaches in the areas of socio-political foundations, curriculum, and history. He is the author of And There Were Giants in the Land: The Life of William Heard Kilpatrick and a young adult book Going Over All the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey. His forthcoming book is Teaching History to Adolescents: A Quest for Relevance. He has published widely in professional education journals and has presented in a number of venues both nationally and internationally. In 2006 he was a Study Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, England.
Beineke lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with his wife Marla who is an elementary school teacher. He has two sons, one daughter, and a grandson. He is a native of Marion, Indiana. Beineke enjoys being active in his local church, writing, collecting first edition books and old movies, and watching and attending auto races. He still listens to the Beatles.