Doctor Brian Stipp served as a special education teacher on the southwest side of Chicago for 10 years. In 2013, he came to Olivet to help start the university's Special Education Teacher Training Program. The elementary and middle grade students Dr. Stipp taught in Chicago serve as a daily inspiration, motivating him to train pre-service special educators with the urgent academic, social, and emotional needs of their future students in mind.
Dr. Stipp completed his Ed.D from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. He enjoys reading (Wendell Berry and John Steinbeck are two of his favorites) and blogging about contemporary American life. His academic research interests include social and emotional learning and multicultural education. In addition to his work in the ONU School of Education, Dr. Stipp also teaches in the university Honors program.
He met his wife, Elizabeth—a 2001 Olivet graduate—at Martinez Tacos in Kankakee when they were ONU students. Today, the Stipps live in their Kankakee home they call "The Thicket," and are are the proud parents of six children: Isaac, Suzie, Eli, Rozalie, Betsy, and Marigold.