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Having spent 46 years as an educator, Dr. Justyn L. Graham has retired as professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction at Central.
Graham began his professional career in 1950 as an elementary school teacher in Atchison, Kan. He moved to Missouri where he taught elementary school in Independence and served as an elementary principal in Savannah and University City before joining Central’s faculty in 1967.
His 29 years of service to Central include serving from 1972 to 1977 as director of the University Laboratory School, followed by full-time teaching and supervising student teachers in the department of curriculum and instruction. He became coordinator of field experiences for that department in 1989.
In addition to his teaching and supervisory responsibilities, Graham served the campus through his involvement in university, college and departmental committees. He was a member of the Laboratory School Committee, Courtesy Committee, Social Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee and Faculty Senate.
Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville; a master’s degree in education at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Additional graduate work took place at the universities of Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri.
Graham and his wife, Nadine, have two children, Gayla and Marc.