Dr. Edward Janak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies and a graduate of S.U.N.Y. Fredonia (B.A. English, ’92, go Blue Devils!) and the University of South Carolina (M.Ed. Secondary Education—English, ’96; Ph.D. Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education, ’03, Go Gamecocks!). Prior to entering higher education, he taught high school English, history, and journalism for the better part of a decade in South Carolina. Since arriving in Laramie in 2002 he has taught both at UW and LCCC—Albany County, and has held multiple instructional positions at UW prior to moving to the tenure track: Temporary Lecturer, Visiting Lecturer, and Assistant Professional Lecturer (APL).
Professionally, Ed is a multiple award-winning teacher on all levels whose research lies in examining how the historical roots of education in the United States can shape contemporary issues in schooling. He is active as an Area Chair for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, and is a member of the American Educational Studies Association, American Educational Research Association, International Society of Educational Biography, and the History of Education Association. Personally, Ed’s interests lie both outdoors (roller coasters, day hikes, snow shoeing, and fly casting) and indoors (reading comics, following procedural dramas on television, collecting and listening to rock and roll from multiple generations).