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Sonia Janis

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Education

  • Professor-in-Residence, Professional Development School District

  • Assistant Director, Improving Teacher Quality

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Contact Information

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Office Location

604G Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Social Studies Education
  • Teaching and Learning in 6-12 Grade Public Schools

Research Interests

  • critical mixed race studies
  • curriculum theory
  • curriculum in the U.S. South
  • professional development schools
  • clinically based teacher education

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Dr. Janis's scholarship is in critical mixed race studies and clinical practices in social studies teacher education. Prior to UGA, she taught social studies and served as a public school administrator for ten years. She has written about multiracialism, critical race theory, and education for social justice (i.e., Janis & Carlyle-Hollis, 2013; Janis, 2013; Janis, 2015; Janis, 2016) by using narratives to reveal the in-betweenness of her life as a multi-race woman educator living and teaching in the U.S. South. In-betweeness inspires Janis's role as Professor-in-Residence (PIR) with the Clarke County School District (CCSD). She believes schools and universities should partner to create just educational experiences for children and teachers. Thus, her current teacher education pedagogies and research are grounded in clinical practice.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ed.D. Curriculum Studies, Multicultural Education Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia 2010
M.Ed. Educational Leadership Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 2005
B.S.Ed. Secondary Social Studies Education - Political Science, Sociology, Broad Field Social Studies University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 2001