Janet became the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in August 2018. Before that, she worked in the Department of Teacher Education, where she taught nearly four thousand undergraduate students about planning, assessment, and classroom management. In addition, she oversaw their clinical experiences in one of the five districts within the BYU-Public School Partnership.
Janet Losser has been in education for over 33 years. She began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in the upper grades. Eventually, she took advantage of an opportunity to work at BYU as a Clinical Faculty Associate. While in this role, Janet completed her master’s degree in teaching and learning. She then continued her education, earning a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Georgia.
Janet loves teaching and learning and recognizes the rare privilege of being in a profession with such great potential for changing lives.
In her research, Janet has collaborated with colleagues to identify factors that facilitate and/or hinder the implementation of experiential learning in classrooms (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13540602.2018.1464906). In addition, Janet’s research interests have investigated the most important ways mentors can support new teachers as they progress through the phases of new teacher development. Most recently, she has investigated how new teachers encourage a classroom environment that nurtures civic virtue through the democratic purposes of public education.
PhD Curriculum and Instruction, University of Georgia
MED Teaching and Learning, Brigham Young University
BS Elementary Education, Utah State University