Faculty Profile

Jan Westrick, Dr.


115 Meier Hall


Jan Westrick earned her Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota (2002) in Educational Policy and Administration and currently serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Education at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. Her seventeen years of international administrative experience span elementary and secondary levels of education as well as central, schoolwide leadership, including the roles of High School Assistant Principal for Academics, Coordinator of Curriculum and Staff Development, Special Assistant to the Head (Superintendent) for Strategic Planning, Upper Primary Principal, and Deputy Head of School (Associate Superintendent) at the Hong Kong International School. She has written extensively and led numerous workshops on international education, accreditation, leading educational change, the school as a learning organization, principals as leaders of learning, professional development, intercultural sensitivity, and service-learning. She is an associate with Miske Witt & Associates and has worked on UNICEF and UNESCO projects for Thailand, Macedonia, and Africa. She has trained secondary principals in Oman through the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.


Ed.D., Educational Policy and Administration - University of Minnesota 2002
M.A., German Language and Literature - Northwestern University 1978
B.A. - Concorida University 1977


Illinois Certification in K-12 Administration and Supervision

Illinois Certification in 6-12 Teaching

Areas of Specialization

Illinois Certification in K-12 Administration and Supervision

Illinois Certification in 6-12 Teaching

Courses Taught

Senior Seminar

Teacher Research

Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages

Dimensions of Culture

Research Interests

Intercultrual Sensitivity

International Education


Principal Identity

Current Research

Leadership for innovative Omani schools in the 21st century: Transforming principal identity

Measuring and understanding the intercultural sensitivity of pre-service teachers: Examining the usefulness of an international, developmental framework


  • The intercultural sensitivity of secondary teachers in Hong Kong: A comparative study with implications for professional development., Intercultrual Education, 2007 
  • Phenomenology and meaning-making: Student voices and understandings of cultural difference., Journal of Studies in International Education, 2005 
  • Living and Learning Heart to heart - Intercultural Leanring Experiences to Build Positive Relationships in a Multicultural, , 2008