Brett Jones
Professor of Education

Higher Ed, P-12

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Brett D. Jones is a professor and the program area leader for educational psychology at Virginia Tech. He received a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992. He obtained his master’s degree in 1997 and doctorate in educational psychology in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has held faculty positions as an educational psychologist at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Virginia Tech. Jones teaches courses related to learning and motivation, such as motivation and cognition, learning and cognition, and psychological foundations of education for pre-service teachers. He has taught 21 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and he received the university-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for the 2003-04 school year. He developed the MUSIC Model of Motivation to help instructors understand how to apply motivation research in their teaching. (See