Dr. Valerie Janesick
Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Valerie J. Janesick, (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is a scholar, author, speaker, and internationally acclaimed researcher. Her work interrogates the theory and practice of qualitative research methods for the purpose of creating a better world. She is the author of numerous books, articles, and book chapters focusing on oral history, qualitative research design, and using the metaphor of dance and yoga to make sense of research in the public sphere. She uses the arts to interpret and analyze interview and observation data in the study of women leaders to facilitate voice of marginalized participants.
She is currently working on a novel set in this pandemic following the travels of a professor who does an oral history project of first responders. She remains active in reviewing articles for major journals that promote equity, critical theory, and welcome photography and poetry as pathways to analysis and interpretation. She is still hopeful that carefully crafted interviews can change the landscape of educational policy and promote leadership for a changing world.