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Dr. Jennifer Jones


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Dr. Jennifer Jones is an Associate Professor and program area leader for the Literacy Education graduate program at Radford University.  The Literacy Education program prepares practicing professionals to serve literacy leaders in the K-12 setting in the roles of Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches and continued service as classroom teachers.  She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses which focus on research-based ways to assess, teach and support the teaching of reading in the K-12 academic setting.  Dr. Jones has specific interests in the areas of literacy assessment and intervention within a Response to Intervention framework as well as in the clinical setting, reading comprehension and effective, ongoing professional development. 

Dr. Jones has published articles in such venues as The Reading Teacher, Reading Research Quarterly and Science and Children, and she has co-authored two books, as well as invited chapters for various books.  She has served on the board of the Literacy Research Association as Field Council Chair.  Dr. Jones has also served as President of the Virginia College Reading Educators (VCRE),  President of the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) and on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Valley Reading Association.  Dr. Jones served as Editor of Reading in Virginia, Journal of the Virginia State Reading Association and currently serves as Editor of Educational Practice & Reform, the Journal of the College of Education & Human Development’s online journal at Radford University. 

Dr. Jones serves as a co-Director of the Malawi Study Abroad program at Radford University, which takes Radford University students to the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi, each summer.  For 3-4 weeks, students explore the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in developing country. 

Dr. Jones has been the recipient of the Radford University College of Education and Human Development’s Outstanding Teaching Award and the Scholarly Activity Award, as well as Radford University’s Donald N. Dedmon Distinguished Teaching Professor award.  Dr. Jones, in collaboration with colleagues from Radford University and Virginia Tech, has been awarded over $800,000 in grants, internal and external, which have been primarily dedicated to the professional development of teachers.   

A former third and fourth grade teacher, Jennifer Jones earned both her M.Ed. in Reading Education and her Doctor of Education degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.  She has served as a literacy consultant in various school systems, grades K-12, with focus on word study as well as comprehension instruction.