Before coming to the University of British Columbia, Pinar taught curriculum theory at Louisiana State University, where he served as the St. Bernard Parish Alumni Endowed Professor. He has also served as the Frank Talbott Professor at the University of Virginia and the A. Lindsay O’Connor Professor of American Institutions at Colgate University. Pinar has held visiting appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, Ohio State University, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia, among other institutions. He has lectured widely, including Harvard University, McGill University, and the Universities of Chicago, Oslo, Tokyo, and Wisconsin-Madison. Click this link to view his current projects.
Pinar took his B.S. in Education at Ohio State University, graduating in 1969. He taught English at the Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York from 1969-1971, returning to Ohio State to finish his M.A. in 1970 and the Ph.D. in 1972. Pinar is the founding editor of the scholarly journal JCT and the founder of the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, as well as the founder and former President of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies. Pinar also established the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.
In 2000 Pinar received the Louisiana State University Distinguished Faculty Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association. In 2004 he received an American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award for What is Curriculum Theory? In 2015 Pinar received the Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service from the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.