Kevin Zak

Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Education Department Chair

Faculty Kevin Zak
Office:Wheeler Hall 212B
Email:Send a message...


Earned and Honorary Degrees

EdD Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
MEd Environmental Education, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
BA Concordia College, Moorhead, MN


I have had the privilege of serving in many different teaching positions during my career that have provided me with a range of perspectives on the field of education. I have experience as a middle school science teacher, a naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, an elementary science specialist, and have taught for the past ten years as an assistant professor of teacher education at the University of Minnesota Duluth before coming to Northland. I also have experience leading middle/high school and undergraduate students on international trips throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Why Northland?

As a graduate of a small, private liberal arts college, I know the immeasurable value and opportunity that Northland College provides its students through meaningful and influential interactions between students and faculty that help build a strong sense of community. With a focus on the environment and sustainability, a broad liberal arts curriculum, and myriad opportunities for experiential learning, Northland graduates are well prepared to thrive and make meaningful contributions to the world.


I am currently teaching content area methods courses and supervising student teachers and practicum students. I love teaching in higher education because we are afforded the opportunity to teach ideas and skills pertinent to preparing future teachers, while also modeling a variety of instructional strategies our teacher candidates are then able to use in their own teaching.


My area of expertise is on science and environmental education teaching methods and bridging the gap between the indoor and outdoor classroom. I'm currently interested in researching how experiential learning can be fostered through the use of outdoor classroom settings, school gardens, and international student teaching opportunities and collaborations.

Student Involvement

My courses model effective instructional strategies and have an experiential, student directed focus that helps them blend educational theory into classroom practice.


I love being outside with my family in all seasons. We enjoy spending time at our yurt, developing our future organic farm; and finding ways to explore the many marvels around Lake Superior.