University of Portland

John Watzke PhD

School of Education, Dean

Graduate School, Dean

John Watzke PhD



Franz Hall 427

Title IX Responsible Employee

Title IX Responsible Employees are required to report Title IX information to the Title IX Office. See our resources page for more information.


John L. Watzke is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Portland (2010-present). Prior to arriving at UP, Dr. Watzke held positions as Dean of the College of Education and Public Service and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at Saint Louis University. He has also held positions as administrator, faculty and fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. His research and work has focused on the development and support of teaching communities, teacher performance assessment, professional development and educational policy. His published work includes numerous articles and books, including publications in the journals Teaching and Teacher Education, The Teacher Educator, Modern Language Journal, and Catholic Education and the policy books Lasting Change in Foreign Language Education (Preager 2003) and Beyond Alternative Teacher Education (ACE Press 2007). Affirming the belief that theory should be connected to practice, he maintains his teacher certification in foreign language education. Dr. Watzke is a founding member of the International Society for Language Studies, a 501c(6) non-profit, organized in 2002 by scholars united in their goal to create an interdisciplinary society of scholars and practitioners from fields such medicine, law, the arts and social sciences engaged in language studies. He currently serves as CEO of the society and is serving a five-year term as Editor of its journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, published by Taylor & Francis. Dr. Watzke's current projects have taken him into schools in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles to investigate beginning teacher professional and personal identity formation within the contexts of urban public, Catholic and Jewish Day schools. This work holds insights into teacher retention and professional growth.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Iowa
  • Master of Arts, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa


  • Editor, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2007 - Present. Taylor & Francis Group
  • CEO 2009 - Present. International Society for Language Studies, Inc.
  • Conference Chair, Biennial Meeting, 2003, 2005, 2007. International Society for Language Studies
  • Board of Trustees, 2008 - 2010. St. Patrick Center for the Homeless, St. Louis
  • Recognition Award for International Programming, 2008. Global Center for International Studies, Limassol, Cyprus
  • Christ the Teacher Award, 2007. University of Notre Dame
  • First in the Nation in Education (FINE) Scholar, 2000. Iowa Education Research Foundation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • International Society for Language Studies
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages