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G Pinchak

Associate Professor-Clinical, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Workforce Development and Education

(614) 688-8670

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G. James Pinchak is a recognized expert in Career & Technical Education, Career Development and Career Counseling. He has served in leadership positions at the local, state and university levels and has been a consultant on several national and international initiatives.  At The Ohio State University, Pinchak prepares new teachers across all CTE disciplines. Ohio State has been ranked among the top five graduate program in Vocational and Technical Education by US News and World Report for each of the past 16 years.

For the past twelve years, Pinchak responsibilities at the Ohio State University, College of Education & Human Ecology include the teaching of graduate and undergraduate teacher education course; the field supervision of teachers recruited directly from business and industry; and student teaching supervision of business education students.


  • Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio
    Superintendent Certification Program completed December 1998.
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
    Doctor of Philosophy degree, December, 1982; major in Educational Administration and Supervision.
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    Master of Education degree, June, 1975; major in Vocational Education.
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    Bachelor of Science in Education degree, June, 1971; major in Comprehensive Social Studies.

Research Interests


  • 2015 to Present, Clinical Assistant Professor 
    The College of Education & Human Ecology 
    The Ohio State University 
  • 2002-2014, Senior Lecturer & Teacher Educator
    The College of Education & Human Ecology
    The Ohio State University
  • 1998-2002, Principal and Director of All Secondary Programs
    Tolles Career & Technical Center
    Central Ohio Joint Vocational School District
  • 1996-1998, Director of Student Services and Planning
    Tolles Career & Technical Center
    Central Ohio Joint Vocational School District
  • 1991-1996, Associate Director, Planning and Administrative Services
    Division of Vocational and Adult Education
    Ohio Department of Education
  • 1986-1991, Associate Director, Support Services
    Division of Vocational and Career Education
    Ohio Department of Education
  • 1986, Assistant Director, Research, Survey, Evaluation and Exemplary Programs
    Division of Vocational and Career Education
    Ohio Department of Education
  • 1984-1986, Supervisor for Career Development, OCIS, and Placement
    Career Development Service
    Ohio Department of Education
  • 1983-1984, Information Development Supervisor
    Ohio Career Information System (OCIS)
    Ohio Department of Education
  • 1975-1982, Lecturer and Vocational Teacher Educator
    Business Education Department, College of Business Administration
    Bowling Green State University
  • 1974-1975, E.P.D.A. Project Coordinator
    Vocational Education Department, College of Education
    Kent State University
  • 1971-1974, Vocational, Academic, and Remedial Education Teacher
    Cleveland City Schools
  • 1964-1968, Plasterer/Mason Assistant
    Specialist in repair, A family business in Cleveland, Ohio


  • 2016 - Ohio Association for Career & Technical Education, Tech Prep & Academics Division, Distinguished Service Award Recipient 
  • 2016 - Career Based Intervention Teacher Association,” Partnership of the Year Award Recipient” 
  • 2015 - Columbus Recruiting Battalion, Eagle Award Recipient for “Continuing and enthusiastic support of the Army and educating tomorrow’s teachers on the value of a military vocation.” 
  • 2014 - Tolles Career & Technical Center, “40 at 40 Honors Award Recipient”, for significant contributions to the school district’s growth and expansion during the period 1974- 2014.
  • 2013 - Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Ohio Career & Technical Administrators (OCTA) Association
  • 2011 - 2013 - Co-director, Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents New & Aspiring Superintendents Academies
  • 2011 - Ohio Association For Career & Technical Education,  Ambassador Award Recipient for outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education in Ohio and the nation
  • 1996 - Ohio Vocational Association, Vocational Educator of the Year Award Recipient Representing Special Needs
  • 1996 - Ohio Association of Vocational Special Needs Personnel, Distinguished Service Award
  • 1994 - Nominee for the Bowling Green State University Distinguished Graduate of the Graduate School Award
  • 1993 - Honorary Ohio State FFA Degree Recipient
  • 1988 - Career Education Association, Career Educator of the Year Award Recipient