Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Education
Office: Dana Hall, room 15
Professor Francis (center) with two Integrated Mathematics majors
helping build a road in the San Mateo community of San Pedro, Belize.
Involvement at DC:
- Director of Academic Assessment
- Chair Teacher Education Council
- Academic Assessment Committee
Assistant Professor of Education, Mr. Francis teaches courses in foundations of education,
middle childhood and mathematics methods, and research methods. Most recently, Mr.
Francis has been a lead in efforts to restructure the teacher education programs methods
sequence to provide teacher candidates a more developmental approach to developing
their pedagogical skill while more than doubling the number of practicum hours that
candidates receive prior to student teaching. Mr. Francis continues to research and
develop his knowledge and practice as it relates to democracy and education, sociological
issues in education and methods for teaching at risk and marginalized populations.
Mr. Francis' research interests include: human rights education, especially as it
relates to teacher preparation; democracy and education as it applies to preparing
future educators to be agents of change; and public reason and its influence on K-12
- Ph.D. Foundations of Education, (Anticipated Spring, 2014)
- Major: Educational Sociology
- Minor: Educational Research & Measurement: Emphasis on Qualitative Methodology
- M.A. Education, Defiance College
- B.S. Mathematics, Defiance College
- B.A. Religion and Ministry, Defiance College
Recent Scholarly Work:
- Francis, J. (2013, October). Democratic Education, Public Reason, and Conscientious
Social Reproduction. In D. Snauwaert (Chair), Public Reason and Democratic Education.
Presented at the 2013 American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference,
- Francis, J.C. (2012). Designing Teacher Education for Human Rights. In Factis Pax,
- Snauwaert, D., Hamer, L., Knechtges, C., Francis, J., al-Daraweesh, F., Smith, A.,
Thapa, O., Ming Yang, L, Stibaner, T., Pistorova, S., Alvarado, L., Doraiswamy, N.
(2009, November). Peace Education: Theory into Practice. Presented at the 2009 American
Educational Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (Presented in absentia
due to a scheduling conflict, paper read by Dr. Lynne Hamer)
- Francis, J., Doraiswamy, N., Strickler, L., Hamer, L., Pistorova, S., Thapa, O., Mirzoyants,
A. (2009, June). Participatory Action Research as Effective Pedagogy: A Case Study.
Presented at the 21st Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville,
- Pistorova, S., Francis, J., Doraiswamy, N., Hamer, L. (2009, June). Merging Worlds
and Blurring the Lines: When methods of PAR lead to prolonged civic engagement in
a local neighborhood center. Presented at the American Democracy Project Conference,
- Scholarly Work in Progress or in Review
- Francis, J.C. (In Review). A Narrative Analysis of Pre-Service Educators Perceptions
of "Queer." Multiculturalism
- Francis, J.C., Sorenson, K. (In Process). Changing Pre-Service Educators Perceptions
of "Queer": A Narrative Analysis.