Jana Noel, Ph.D.

Jana Noel

Sacramento State Community Engagement Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor
Sacramento State

Office: 4028 Library
Office Phone: (916) 278-4610
Email: noelj@csus.edu

Background Information

Jana Noel is the Sacramento State Community Engagement Faculty Scholar, located in the Community Engagement Center. She is also Associate Professor of Educational Foundations in the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Noel received her PhD in Philosophy of Education from UCLA in 1991. She previously served as Professor of Multicultural Education at Montana State University.

Noel is co-creator and co-coordinator of the Urban Teacher Education Center, which won the 2008 California "Education Partnership Award for Distinguished Service to Children and the Preparation of Teachers." She served as a "Faculty Liaison" for the "Equity Network," a network of 12 Professional Development Schools in the Sacramento Region. For her sabbatical, she served as a "Community Liaison" between Sacramento State, an urban elementary school, and the public housing projects it serves.

Research Interests

Dr. Noel's research interests include urban education, multicultural teacher education, community engagement, and the history of "colored schools" and Native American schools in 1850s-1880s. Dr. Noel is guest co-editor of an upcoming issue of the Teacher Education Quarterly on the topic of "Moving Teacher Education into Urban Schools and Communities." She has received research grants from the Spencer Foundation and Sacramento State University.


  • Noel, Jana (2008). Developing Multicultural Educators (2nd ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.

  • Noel, Jana (Ed.) (2008). Classic Edition Sources: Multicultural Education (2nd ed.). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill.

  • Noel, Jana (2006). “Integrating a new teacher education center into a school and its community.” Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2, 197-205.

  • Noel, Jana (2005). “Jeremiah B. Sanderson: Educator and organizer for the rights of ‘Colored citizens’ in early California.” The Journal of Negro Education, 74(2), 151-158.