Christopher Janson, PhD is an associate professor and the Director of the University of North Florida's Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP). Chris has authored over 20 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to educator preparation, community-engaged practices, and the role academics can play as activists.
A considerable portion of Chris's research focuses on the systematic study of subjectivity through an approach called, Q Methodology. More recently, he and a colleague have used Q Methodology as the foundation for a participatory process called InQuiry, which is designed to assess, understand, and empower collective agency in organizations and communities. A common thread to Chris's scholarship that he brings to the CUEP is a commitment toward advocating with, rather than for those in historically underserved communities, while also learning how to create, use, and sustain approaches to school-community partnerships in which schools and universities learn and grow from the wisdom and knowledge of the students, families and caregivers, and residents within the communities themselves.
In addition to his work through the University of North Florida and the CUEP, Chris works alongside national and local community educators, scholars, and organizers in order to develop democratic processes with community members to develop and facilitate Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs) - inter-organizational, multicultural, and multi-generational convenings designed to strengthen the social and political fabric of communities through individual and collective strengths, gifts, and assets. Last year, Chris co-authored a book on this CLE approach titled, Reframing Community Partnerships in Education: Uniting the Power of Place and Wisdom of People.