Dr. Jones' bio


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Short Biography for Dr. Jones (a full CV is linked at the bottom of this page)

Brett D. Jones, Ph.D., is a full Professor in the Educational Psychology program within the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He received his B.A.E. (1992) in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. (1999) in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held faculty positions as an educational psychologist at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and Virginia Tech, and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of the Virgin Islands and North Carolina Central University. He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. His teaching awards include the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education at USFSP (2003), the university-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award at USFSP (2003-2004), and the Favorite Faculty award (2007) and the Teacher of the Week award (2013) at Virginia Tech.

As an educational psychologist and motivation scientist, Dr. Jones’ research includes investigating how students’ beliefs impact their motivation, and examining methods instructors can use to design instructional environments that support students’ motivation and learning. He has received more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation to conduct his research and has published more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters. He has also contributed to the field by conducting more than 120 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. For his research, Dr. Jones received the North Carolina Association for Research in Education’s Distinguished Paper Award (2000); the Scholar of the Week recognition at Virginia Tech (2009); the Best Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, K-12 Engineering Division (2010); and the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award (2010-2011). He was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Area School District Meritorious Hall of Fame in 2010.