Prof. John Hornyak

Prof. John Hornyak

Professor John Hornyak first studied Greek, Latin, and German at Bishop’s Latin School, a Jesuit-run diocesan seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He majored in Classical Linguistics (Greek and Sanskrit) and Philosophy at Duquesne University, after which he pursued the MA in Philosophy. Mr. Hornyak is the father of six children, and lives on 1 ½ acres in Middletown, MD, where is an avid gardener and a lifelong learner.



  • PhD (ABD) in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University
  • BA. Classical Linguistics and Philosophy- Duquesne University,
  • Masters in Science and Math Education with a Multimedia Technology emphasis from Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Masters in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute
  • Certified Master Reviewer for Quality Matters program

Relevant Experience

  • Nearly five years as curriculum Writer in educational software development with the NASA Classroom of the Future
  • Four years Managerial experience as Director of Distance Learning for Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Practical experience in Instructional design/educational curriculum materials production with K12 Inc, Marshall University, Sungard Higher Education at Montgomery College in Germantown, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland and the Veterans Administration.



  • Carlson, Thompson, Hornyak, & Ruberg. The Integrator: A tool for teaching strategy acquisition in scientific inquiry. Paper presented at the meeting of ED-MEDIA/ED-TELECOM World Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • Cummings, Hornyak, & Ruberg. (1997). The NASA advanced life support system–modeling the future in biology education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers, Minneapolis.
  • Ruberg, Hornyak, & Baro. (1997). Implementing science education reform: Teaching and learning in software curriculum development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers, Minneapolis.


  • International Space Station Challenge- Presentation at the International Technology Education Association conference, Atlanta (2001).
  • BioBLAST (Better Learning through Adventure, Simulation, and Technology)-Presentation at the National Association of Biology Teacher’s Annual Convention,Orlando, FL (2000).
  • “Living and Learning in the Digital Age”-Keynote address at annual conference for Chicago Public School System, (1999).
  • Astronomy Village: Investigating the Solar System-Presentation at the National Science Teacher’s Association annual convention, Boston, MA, (1999).
  • Astronomy Village: Investigating the Universe- Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics –Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (1999).
  • BioBLAST (Better Learning through Adventure, Simulation, and Technology) – Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. (1999).
  • Educational Philosophy of the Classroom of the Future- Radio broadcast on BBC World Service, London, England. (1998)