Jan is currently a faculty team member in the Master in Teaching Program's 2001 class Master in Teaching Program. She has taught in previous cycles of the teacher education program as well as in cross-divisional undergraduate programs such as Health and Human Development.
Before joining the Evergreen faculty in 1991, Jan was a member of the faculty in Speech-Communication and former Chair of the General Education and Public Services Division of the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Hawaii Community College. Jan also coached the intercollegiate debate and individual events team at Hilo.
Her graduate, undergraduate, and professional experiences at the University of Hawaii and her teaching experiences in Hawaii are part of Jan's multi-cultural background. The ethnic diversity of Hawaii's people is reflected her personal background and in the educational settings in which she taught from 1966 to 1990.
As a faculty member in speech and communication, she was interested in the subtleties of the cross-cultural adjustments and accommodations she and her students made in order to support their interactions in their poly-ethnic community.
In 1987, with the help of Evergreen's Washington Center for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Jan began a pilot program in interdisciplinary learning communities with the poly-ethnic student population at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Jan's observation was that the learning communities coordinated studies model of teaching appeared to support the multiple cultural frames of reference - "ways of knowing" - which the ethnically diverse students brought to the college classroom.
In the Pacific Northwest, Jan has worked primarily with students who have had relatively limited exposure to racial diversity and hence, little exposure to significant differences in cultural frames of reference.
She has also worked with adult students at Evergreen's
racially diverse off-campus program in Tacoma and with ESL students who
were learning English and who were learning about American cultural values
while they reflected upon the values of their native cultures. These experiences
have extended the multi-cultural aspects of her communication studies.
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