Faculty Profile

Jan Westrick, Dr.


115 Meier Hall


Jan Westrick is professor of education with an Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota  in Educational Policy.  Her experience in P-12 education includes 25 years serving at the Hong Kong International School in a wide range of teaching and administrative positions, including the roles of deputy head, principal, coordinator of curriculum and professional development, high school assistant principal for academics, and teacher and part-time lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. 

She has 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. 

Her international education development work focuses on quality and equity in education and building capacity throughout educational systems. She has worked for UNICEF on Child-friendly School initiatives in Oman, Thailand, Macedonia, Uzbekistan, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. She has also trained secondary principals in Oman through the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.  She designed and implemented a training of trainers model of professional development for teachers and educational leaders on enacting instruction based on the new Literacy Learning Outcomes for Save the Children and the Agency for Education in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Westrick’s research interests focus on understanding teacher professional development, principal identity, and intercultural competence within international and comparative contexts.


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


Illinois Certification in K-12 Administration and Supervision

Illinois Certification in 6-12 Teaching

Areas of Specialization



International Education

Teacher Professional Development

Foreign Language Instruction 

Courses Taught

Designing Curriculum, Assessment, and Learning Plans

Action Research


Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages

Dimensions of Culture

Research Interests

International Education

Intercultural Sensitivity


Principal Identity

Current Research

Teacher Education Pedagogy


  • The intercultural sensitivity of secondary teachers in Hong Kong: A comparative study with implications for professional development., Intercultural 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 Learning Experiences to Build Positive Relationships in a Multicultural World, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, , 2008 
  • Leadership for innovative Oman schools in the 21st century: Transforming principal identity through culturally contextualized training, International Perspectives on Education and Society, 2009 
  • Studying the effectiveness of professional development in the UNICEF Macedonia Local Literacy Providers Training project: Conceptual and pragmatic frameworks, in Comparative Education, Teacher Training, Education Policy, Social Inclusion, History of Education, , 2001 
  • Transforming early literacy instruction: An effectiveness study of the Local Literacy Providers Training program in Macedonia, European Education, 2012 
  • The influence of service-learning on the development of intercultural sensitivity at an international school, in Globalizing minds: Rhetoric & reality in international schools, , 2014