For almost 20 years, Dr. Golarz directed work with at-risk children and delinquent gangs near Chicago. In addition, he did extensive work with juvenile courts, probation offices, and police departments. For seven years, he taught law enforcement officers in and around Chicago regarding the psychology of delinquency and deviant behavior.
Many of his senior level administrative programs and projects received both state and federal recognition. In Edward Fiske's Smart Schools, Smart Kids, published by Simon & Schuster, his urban work was cited and praised. In a more recent book, Making External Experts Work, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2012, the authors, Dr. Tom Evert and Amy Van Deuren dedicate the entire first chapter to the work of Dr. Golarz in assisting and guiding school district leadership.

Dr. Golarz has keynoted national conventions,and state-wide and provincial conferences throughout the United States and Canada. These keynotes include presentations relating to education and the work of teachers and school administrators, criminal justice, school boards, at-risk and delinquent children, and school-to-work conferences and conventions. His keynote addresses are noted primarily for their humor, inspiration, and insights.

During his career he has served as a middle and high school teacher, administrator at various levels including superintendent, and has taught at St. Joseph's College, Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, and City University in Seattle.

He has worked with personnel representing over 3,500 school districts, both in the United States and Canada

He is the author and co-author of numerous books, articles and videos. A listing of a number of these are found in the publications section of this web site.

He received his doctorate in education from Indiana University in 1980.


      his wife, children, and grandchildlren;

      having been an American schoolteacher;

      having served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves from 1960-1966;

      having received his honorable discharge from the United States Navy in 1966;

      having received a Presidential appointment to serve as a member of Indiana Draft Board No. 3;

      having served as Vice-President of Lake Area United Way in Indiana;

      having served as the President of the Indiana Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse;

      having received the Friend of the Child Award at the conclusion of his Indiana child abuse prevention work.

      having received the White Buffalo Award from the National Indian School Boards Association