Dr. Jana Eaton's CV/Resume

Dr. Jana S. Eaton

Green Valley, AZ

janaseaton at yahoo.com 


Professional Experience:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson: President, Board of Directors, 2015-17; Chair, 2011, 2012, Green Valley OLLI-UA Campus Council; Study Group Leader; Secretary (twice), OLLI-UA Board of Directors; Ex-Officio Board member, 2011, 2012; member, Board of Directors, 2007-2010 and 2013-2014; served on OLLI Curriculum Committee, 2008-2011.

Featured in Tucson Lifestyle, Oct., 2016, "Notable Not To Be Missed," person of the month.

Lecturer. Topics—Multiculturalism and Challenges: US; Europe’s Islamic Challenge; Russia’s Islamic Challenge; Islam and Women's Rights. 2007-ongoing. 

Book: Education Decentralization in Four Russian Federation Republics: A Sociopolitical Analysis of Reform, 1991-2002 (Lambert Academic Publishing Co., 2010), 186 pp.

Currently self-employed as a watercolor artist; member of the Tubac Center for the Arts and Painting Society of Southern Arizona. Exhibitor in juried shows. (Studied 12 years under Mary Back, Chicago Academy of Art, Dubois, WY, and 2 years under watercolorist-artist Joyce Finn, Green Valley, AZ.) 

➢    Retired after twenty-eight years in secondary & college-level education, Kennett Square, PA. Taught and wrote curricula for English, Western civilization, US history, psychology, economics, US government, geography, sociology, Asian-African cultural studies and AP government and politics.
➢    Mentored Eastern Shoshone students through a Master’s Degree Program in Social Work, 2003-2006. Ongoing pro-bono work with Shoshone students in writing/composition, research, and grammar.
➢    Organized and administered sweater drives for Christmas “give-aways” on the Wind River Reservation, WY. My students collected over 1,3000 new or excellent-condition sweaters and shipped them out to the Reservation through money raised via a Halloween Haunted House project with another class, 2003, 2004. Give-Aways were organized and administered by Shoshone Social Services and various Arapaho agencies.
➢    Guest presenter/lecturer in the school district and community on various American Indian topics, particularly those relating to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho residing on the WY Wind River Indian Reservation, in conjunction with informal exchanges of information via email and Web pages. Reservation consultants include Scott Ratliff, Advisor on Indian Affairs to Senator Enzi, Wyoming, and one of eight advisors on Indian Affairs to the Clinton Administration. Additional consultants include nephew, Erin Martin, head of Reservation Water and Utilities, and Larry McAdams, Director, Shoshone Social Services.
➢    Spring, 2001, initiated, arranged and administered program hosting 11 Russian students and 2 staff members from my host school in Togliatti when I traveled there on an “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 1999
➢    Invited to meet with Linda Roberts, Director of Office of Educational Technology and Special Adviser to Secretary of US Department of Education, 1997, on integrating technology into US curricula.
➢    Developed and wrote AP Government and Politics curriculum/syllabus that is used as model in College Board manual for AP government and politics teachers.
➢    Worked two years as a vocalist in two Chicago-area nightclubs while attending Northwestern University.

Study-Travel-Research Fellowships and Other Travel:
•    Study-travel to Vietnam and Cambodia, Summer, 2005, Pacific Village Institute
•    Awarded Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad study/travel fellowship to India, summer, 2004; researched symbiotic relationship between Hindu nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism and textbook controversy.
•    Attended fully-funded two-week summer institutes on China and Japan (1998 & 2003, Univ. of CO) and Islam (Dar al Islam, New Mexico, 2003).
•    One of fifteen in US awarded Korea Society-Freeman Foundation Fellowship for four-week summer research-travel in Korea, 2000; researched role of mothers in Korean education.
•    One of ten US educators selected to travel to Russia, Oct., 1999, on an “Award for Excellence in Teaching Fellowship,” sponsored by the US State Department under the Fulbright-Hays Act; assisted teachers in developing American studies curricula to incorporate into existing English language curricula and lectured on government and political topics.
•    One of sixteen from US colleges and secondary schools to win 1998 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Fellowship to China; researched economic reforms and impact on women.
•    One of sixteen educators in US and Canada to win the 1997 Keizai Koho Center Japan Study-Travel Fellowship, 1997; researched gender and education issues.
•    Delegate to USSR-US Comparative Education Conference, held in Moscow and Leningrad, USSR, 1988.
•    United Service Organization-Department of Defense Professional Entertainer (vocalist) in East and Southeast Asia during Vietnam War. On tour in Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Hawaii. (Met husband, Len, in Okinawa.)

Honors, Memberships and Professional Activities:
•    2003 National Council for the Social Studies’ Becker Global Understanding Award Winner
•    Designated “Senior Fellow of the Marvin Wachman Fund on International Education,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, 2003.
•    USA Today All-USA Second Teacher Team, 2001.
•    Winner of The National Peace Corps Association’s Global Educator Award, Fall, 2000
•    PA Council for the Social Studies’ “Outstanding Pennsylvania Social Studies Teacher of the Year, 1998.”
•    1997, National Grand Prize Winner, Computer Learning Foundation’s Computer Learning Month Contest.   
•    1997, winner of the National Apple Computer and Time Magazine “On-line Lesson Plan Contest.”
•    Named 1997 Connected Classroom National STAR, one of ten in nation recognized for exemplary integration of technology into curriculum, Fall Conference, Anaheim, CA.
•    Named 1992 “Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year,” by IBM and Technology and Learning.
•    Elected to Delta Kappa Gamma, national teaching honorary.
•    Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of American Educators, various years.
•    Member or former member: Fulbright Association, National Council of Social Studies, Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, American Political Science Association, American Association of University Women, and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Major Publications of approximately 40 total:
•    “The Russian Federation Republic of Dagestan: Curricular Decentralization, Social Cohesion, and Stability, TBP in the Winter, 2005, issue of The Peabody Journal of Education.
•    “Teaching about Election 2004 through the international Media,” Social Education, Oct., 2004, pp. 395-401.
•    “Using Comparative Online Media to Study the Iraq War,” Social Education, April, 2004.
•    •    Co-author with Lucien Ellington of “Multiculturalism and Social Studies,” in Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong?, J. Leming, L. Ellington, & K. Porter, Eds. Washington, DC: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2003.
•    “Teaching about Iraq,” (April 2003), Social Education 67(3), 181-182.
•    Edited Challenges to Education in Central Asia and Islam and Social Policy for General Editor Stephen Heyneman/Vanderbilt University Press, 2003.
•    “Using Computer Assistance in Teaching about Asia,” Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences, June, 2002.
•    “Deep in the Heart of Russia," Multicultural Education, Spring, 2001.
•    “Russia: The State of Education at the Turn of the Century,” Social Education, March 2001.
•    “Going Online to Teach about Asia, with a Focus on Japan,” Winter, 1999, Education about Asia
•    “The Social Studies Classroom on the Eve of the Cyber Century,” April, 1999, Social Education
•    “The ‘Excuse’ Schools, “ Mr. 10, 1999, Education Week
•    “Gender Issues in Transitional China,” Winter, 1998, Multicultural Education
•    “China Update: Economic Reforms and Political Realities,” March, 1999, Social Education
•    “Moms and Japanese Education:  Observations and Reflections,” Summer, 1998,  Multicultural Education
•    Contributing author, Tora No Maki, book on teaching about Japan, published by the NCSS., 1998
•    “Seminar Approach to Teaching AP Comparative Government and Politics,” College Board Guide to Teaching Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics, 1998 edition
•    Consulting and edit work for Great Source, Division of Houghton and Mifflin, on textbook, American Government: A Complete Coursebook, 1998-99
•    Edit work and manuscript reading for the National Council for the Social Studies Publications: on-going   

•    Listed as a Russia specialist/consultant with the Russia Desk, US State Department
•    US Department of Education, contracted to evaluate Fulbright applications, 2004, 2005, 2006.
•    Worked with Congressman Joseph Pitts (R, PA) and his assistant, Mary O’Connor, on establishing partnerships with schools in PA and Kyrgyzstan, 2003
•    Presented and conducted workshops nationally on integrating technology and Internet into the curriculum.
•    National consultant, Advanced Placement Program, government and politics curriculum and online resources; train teachers; Reader for AP exams from 1995-2006.

PA certified in social studies, communications (inc. English), speech
PA supervisory certificates in curriculum and instruction and social studies
PA Assistant Superintendent certification

Doctorate in Education, Widener University
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Commencement, May 17, 2003
Dissertation topic (defended Nov. 1, 2002): Curricular Decentralization, Social Cohesion, and Sociopolitical Stability in the Russian Federation Republics of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Sakha, and Dagestan.
Completed all required coursework with a 4.0 grade average out of 4.0
Phi Kappa Phi honorary; Kappa Delta Pi honorary

Research & Lecture Interests:
My dissertation research was on education reform, social cohesion, and sociopolitical stability in four predominantly Muslim Russian Federation republics. Additionally, I am interested in the same theme in Central Asia and edited three books for Vanderbilt University Press:  Islam and Social Policy in Central Asia, Education and Social Cohesion, and Challenges to Education in Central Asia. I also lecture on Multiculturalism, Europe's Islamic Challenge, and Women's Rights and Islam.

M.Ed., Social Studies, West Chester University

4.0 grade average on 4.0 scale; Phi Gamma Mu Social Science Honorary; certified in social studies and communications. Attended University of Denver’s School of Law: ranked in top 5% of class.  Held National Mortar Board Scholarship.  Did not complete due to husband’s transfer from area.

B.S., Political Science and Communications, Northwestern University
Top 5% of class, eleven scholarships, Phi Beta honorary, Student Senate, Mortar Board, Honors Program, Miss Headliner, Wildcat Council. Worked weekends as vocalist in Chicago Gold Coast nightclub.

Interests & Background: Water color painting—frequently exhibit in juried shows. Specialize in AZ landscapes & plants. Swimming, fitness training, hiking, reading, research and writing. Reared on K/S Ranch near Riverton, WY and was frequent competitor in WY women’s barrel racing rodeo event during high school and college summers.

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