An early member of the Oral History Association of Australia, Janis has served on the National Council on a number of occasions, and co-edited the OHAA Journal. More recently Janis has served on the Editorial Committee to support the establishment of peer review and recognition of the journal for both academic and general audiences. Janis has been President and Journal Editor of the International Oral History Association and initiated the hosting of the very successful IOHA conference in Sydney. Oral History has been integral to her academic teaching career. She pioneered the teaching of oral history as a university subject and has inspired many of her students to pursue oral history.
Participation in many community oral history workshops has been complementary to Janis’ academic work. Her published work is extensive – books, monographs, articles, conference and seminar papers all reflect her passion for bringing the oral history message to diverse audiences. (2009)