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Janet Zaleski Burns

Clinical Professor    Program Coordinator, Career and Technical Education    

B.S. in Home Economics Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
M.S. in Human Resource Development, Georgia State University, 1989
Ph.D. in Human Resource Development, Georgia State University, 1995


Instructional Design and Strategies for CTE Education
Classroom and Laboratory Management in CTE Programs
Formal and Informal Learning of CTE Teachers


Janet Zaleski Burns is a recognized leader at the national and state level in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Burns is currently the Chair of the CTE special interest group for the American Education Research Association. She is also serving nationally as the President of The ACADEMY for Career and Technical Teacher Education.

She was the editor of the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education from 2005-2007. At the state level she has served on the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia (TIEGA) board of directors since 2005.

In the summer of 2013, she was recognized as Outstanding CTE Teacher Educator by the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE). Her research has been published in Career and Technical Education Research, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Business Education Forum, and Human Resource Development Quarterly. She was an invited author for the CTTE Yearbook Assessment of Technology Education and co-authored a chapter entitled “Skills Assessment in Trade and Industrial Education.”

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has invited Burns to contribute to numerous curriculum projects. She has also been invited frequently to be a trainer/speaker for workshops sponsored by the Georgia DOE and has been invited to speak at state leadership conferences for Skills USA and CTI.

She serves on the Board of Examiners for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) and chaired the Computer Science Education Endorsement Task Force for PSC. Additionally, Burns has been invited to provide in-service presentations for new secondary CTE supervisors at their professional development conferences.


Lakes, R. D., & Burns, J. Z. (2012). Strategic global advantage: T he career academy/technical college state initiative. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(6), 422-435.
Burns, J. Z., & Wolosin D. G. (2010, December). “Using web-based journaling to encourage reflective learning in an alternative certification program for career and technical teachers.” Presented (paper) for the 2010 ACTER Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Burns, J. Z. (2008). Informal learning and transfer of learning: How new trade and industrial teachers perceive their professional growth and development. Career and Technical Education Research, 33(1), 3-24.
Burns, J.Z., Schaefer, K., & Hayden, J. M. (2005). New trade and industrial teachers’ perceptions of formal learning versus informal learning and teacher proficiency. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 42(3), 66-87.
Burns, J. Z. & Schaefer, K. (2003). Informal learning: An exploratory study of unstructured learning experiences of T&I teachers enrolled in an alternative teacher education program. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 40(3), 6-24.