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About Joan Wink

Joan Wink is a professor emerita of California State University, Stanislaus. Since retirement in 2007, she has been an adjunct professor at Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, and in the Global Education Masters Program of The College of New Jersey in Mallorca, Spain

Joan began a six-year term to the South Dakota Board of Regents in April 2017.

Throughout her career, she focused on languages, literacy, and learning in pluralistic contexts. Dr. Wink completed her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A&M, 1991); two masters’ degrees from the University of Arizona (Spanish, 1981; Educational Foundations/Bilingual, 1985); and a Spanish and English undergraduate degree from Yankton College, SD, 1966.

Joan continues sharing, writing, and speaking nationally and internationally.

Joan maintains an active website ( and a blog, WinkWorld. She has published widely in scholarly journals and is the author of Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (4 editions), A Vision of Vygotsky with LeAnn Putney, and Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got to Do with It? with Dawn Wink. Her forthcoming book, The Power of Story, is scheduled for publication summer 2017 from Libraries Unlimited–ABC-Clio.

Read Joan’s more complete vita. You can also see Joan’s travel schedule.

Joan Wink

The Wink Family


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