Morlan, John E. (1930-2008)

Morlan, John E. (1930-2008)

Date Updated



Instructional Technology

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Texas Tech University, 1959 Ed.D.

Abilene Christian University, 1955 M.Ed.

Abilene Christian University, 1952 BS

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1959-1992

Texas Tech University, 1958-1959

Lubbock, TX, Elementary School Teacher, 1955-1958

U.S. Air Force Inst., 1953-1954

Abilene Christian High School, 1951-1952

Administrative and Professional Experience

Director, 27 major sponsored grants and programs, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, Skaggs Foundation, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs, U.S. Teacher Training Assistance Program, Governments of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, others.

Composer of 18 published and recorded songs, producer of several "singles" and four musical albums.

Visiting Professor/Exchange Scholar: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; UCLA; Pepperdine University, Christchurch Teachers College (New Zealand); Univ. New South Wales (Australia); others.

Division Head, Educational Leadership and Development, College of Education, SJSU, 1984‑1992; Director of Grad. Studies, COE, SJSU, 1984‑1992.

Director, Pacific Islands Programs, SJSU, 1978‑1992 (involved over 50 professors from throughout the University).

Coordinator, Cooperative Doctoral Programs, SJSU‑USC, 1984‑1992.

Selected Publications

Many articles, and author or co‑author of ten books, including

Prep. of Inexpensive Teaching Materials (Harper);

Classroom Learning Centers (Simon and Schuster);

Educating the Disadvantaged Child (Oxford Univ. Press);


Personal Commentary

Perhaps my most important contribution was the establishment of the Pacific Islands Office, as this gave professors at SJSU an avenue for service to the islands of the Pacific and provided onsite experiences for many of our professors throughout Micronesia. Completely supported by major funding agencies (through competitive grants), this program allowed over 50 of our finest professors to work in Micronesia, changing both the islands and our professors for the better.

Another of my contributions involved SJSU professors from several departments and colleges in a major exchange program. This Scholar Exchange Program was established by me in partnership with Dr. Gail Fullerton and Dr. Ralph Bohn of SJSU, and Dean Bumrong Sook and Dean Samart of Chulalongkorn University (the national university of Thailand). The program included numerous exchanges of professors and students from SJSU and Chula, and involved SJSU faculty and graduate students from the Instructional Technology Program, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Dance Program, and others.

With Dr. Harold Hailer, and with the help of Dr. Denny Auchard and Vice President Serena Stanford, I negotiated a Cooperative Doctoral Program involving SJSU and the University of Southern California in the areas of Instructional Technology and School Administration. This program continues under the direction of Dr. Hailer, and is responsible for educating many leaders for both the schools and high tech industries of our area.

For 13 years I directed SJSU summer travel‑study trips, including group trips to Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, Bali (Indonesia), Hong Kong, Pohnpei, Truk Saipan, other places.

Date Completed: 7/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Morlan, John E. (1930-2008)