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Edward Janak|Associate Professor

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Educational Studies
Dr. John Kambutu, Department Head/Associate Professor
Stephanie Ksionzyk
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Dr. Janak


Office Hours: By Appointment

Location: McWhinnie Hall 207

Phone: (307) 766-3769





  • Ph.D. University of South Carolina 2003: Foundations of Education
  • M.Ed. University of South Carolina 1996: Secondary Education (English)
  • B.A. State University of New York at Fredonia 1992: English (Education)



  • EDST 1500: Education for Social Justice
  • EDST 2480: Diversity and the Politics of Education
  • EDST 3000: Teacher as Practitioner
  • EDST 4000: Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
  • EDCI 4050/5050: Minority Sex and Gender Identity Issues in Education
  • EDCI/HIST 4665/5665: History and Philosophy of US Education
  • EDCI 5000: Principles of Curriculum
  • EDCI 5270: Seminar for Early Career Teachers
  • EDCI 5800: Curriculum Development
  • EDCI 5870: Seminar in Foundations of Education

Research Interests

  • Historical and sociological foundations of education
  • Educational biography/Life writing
  • Archival and oral history research methods
  • Popular culture and education

Selected Research:


    • Janak, E. (2014). Politics, Disability, and Education Reform in the South: The Work of John Eldred Swearingen. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
    • Janak, E. & Blum, D. eds. (2012). The Pop of Pedagogy: Using Pop Culture to Improve Instruction.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.


    Journal Articles:

    • Janak, E. (October 2013). “Viewing Democracy in 3-D: Using the Past to Examine Schooling for Democracy.” Education in Democracy: A Journal of the NNER, 5, 5-19.
    • Janak, E. (2012). “Revelle”-ing in History: Lessons Learned from a Family of Teachers.” Vitae Scholasticae 29 (1), 23-37.
    • Jensen, A., Janak, E. & Slater, T.  (2012). “Changing Course: The Impacts of 'Waiting for Superman' on Future    Teachers’ Perspectives on the State of Education.”  Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 5 (1), 23-32.  Available online:
    • Janak, E. (2010) “Adventitiously Blind, Advantageously Political: John Eldred Swearingen and Social Definitions of Disability in Progressive-Era South Carolina.”  Vitae Scholasticae 27 (1), 5-25.
    • Janak, E. & Moran, P. (October 2010). “Unlikely Crusader: John Eldred Swearingen and African-American Education in South Carolina.”  Educational Studies 46 (2), 224-249.  Available online:
    • Janak, E. (December 2009). “‘Lordy Miss, That’s a Man’: John Eldred Swearingen and the Office of State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina.” Research in Higher Education Journal 2009 (5), 42-57. Available online:
    • Janak, E. (September 2009). “Schooling for Social Change: A Brief History of the Development of Social Justice Education in the United States.” Journal of Justice Studies 1(1), 84-95.
    • Janak, E. (Summer 2006). “A Good Idea Gone Awry: A Comparative Study of Jefferson’s Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge and Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.” Journal of Thought 41 (2), 65-80.


    Guest Editorial:



    • Janak, E. (2014). "'Your Dreams Were Your Ticket Out': How Mass Media's Teachers Constructed One Educator's Identity." In Ryan, K. M., Macey, D., and Springer, N.J. (editors). How Television Shapes Our Worldview: Media Representations of Social Trends and Change. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
    • Janak, E. (2014). "Adventitiously Blind, Advantageously Political: John Eldred Swearingen and Social Definitions of Disability in Progressive-Era South Carolina." In Morice, L.C. and Puchner, L. (editors). Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History Through Biography. New York: Information Age Publishing. [Reprint: Chapter previously published in Vitae Scholasticae, 27(1), 5-25.]
    • Edelman, J. & Janak, E. (2012). “Can We Win the Future By Living In The Past?  A Preliminary Exploration of Nostalgia in Education.” In Janak, E. and Blum, D. eds. The Pop of Pedagogy: Using Pop Culture to Improve Instruction (3-12).  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
    • Janak, E. (2012). “Remembering The Present is the Past Writ Large: An Examination of the Politics of the Dominant Texts in the United States, 1700’s – 1900’s”.  In Hickman, H. and Porfilio, B., eds. The New Politics of the Textbook: Critical Analysis in the Core Content Areas (231-255). Boston: Sense Publishers.
    • Janak, E. (2006).  “The Effects of the Great Depression on South Carolina’s Schools.” In Ewing, E. Thomas and Hicks, David (editors). Education and the Great Depression: Lessons from a Global History (131-152). New York: Peter Lang Publishing



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