Valerie J. Janesick (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa. She teaches classes in Qualitative Research Methods, Oral History, and Curriculum Theory and Inquiry. Her latest text, Stretching Exercises for Qualitative Researchers 4th edition, (2016) Sage Publications, includes ways to integrate the arts in qualitative research projects. In this edition new sections include technology connections and the use of poetry in research. The book is structured around the notion of habits of mind. Her book Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry: Practicing the Zen of Research, (2015) Left Coast Press, argues for the use of Zen principles in refining qualitative research projects. She is currently taking classes in Yoga and Meditation. Her most prized possession is her British Library Reader’s Card as she is working on an archival project on the letters of John Dewey to educators around the world.
The past is never dead. It’s not even past. ~ William Faulkner