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Full Name
Richard Jones
University of Hawaii West Oahu
Job Title
Associate Professor of Science Education
Subject Area
Current Role

Richard M. Jones, Ed.D. is currently an Associate Professor of Natural Science and Science Education at UHWO. His duties and responsibilities also included the leadership and development of the STEM courses within the Facilities Management concentrations under both the Bachelor of Business and the Bachelor of Applied Science programs. He has also worked for over the past six years in partnership with STEM Faculty to create the new (Spring 2018) Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science with a Concentration in Applied Mathematics. He has also recently (January 2018) had the Bachelor in Education Concentration in Secondary Biology approved by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board and is working to create the “Add-A-Field” concentration in Middle and Secondary STEM Teaching. His expertise includes Natural Sciences and Mathematics Content design and delivery, Professional Development design and delivery, Course and Program Curriculum Development, National and State Leadership (Past-President of the Hawaii Science Teachers Association (HaSTA) within the STEM Community, and most recently he was awarded his Building Operations Certification – Level 2 and the International Facilities Management Association Sustainable Facility Processional (SFP) Certification. The courses he currently teaches include Geology, Meteorology, Science Education Methods, and Mathematics and Science Teaching Seminar/Practicum. Dr. Jones was previously an Albert Einstein Fellow at the United States Department of Energy where he evaluated STEM Education programs at National Laboratories aswell as developed the Middle School Fuel Cell Car Challenge. 

Dr. Jones is an experienced science educator, serving for over twenty years in public schools in Montana, Wyoming, and Hawaii. He has also held a variety of positions nationally, regionally, and at the state level including President of the Montana and Hawaii Science Teachers Associations, National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Region XV Director, and on the Board of Directors of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA). He is currently co-chair of the Pacific- Basin STEAM Teaching Conference, President-elect of NESTA and District XVI Director of NSTA. His awards include the University of Hawaii Regents Teaching Excellence Medal, National Presidential Award for Secondary Science Teaching, Tandy Technology Scholar, and the Montana State University – Billings Award of Excellence. 

Dr. Jones holds B.S. in Geology and Secondary Science Education and M.S. degrees in Natural Science from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Jones completed his Ed.D. in 2009 in Science Education/Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University -Bozeman. He is also hold a private pilot’s license and is a certified High Altitude Diver. His additional qualifications include Hawaii and Montana Teaching Certificates.

Dr. Jones’s published works include: 

  • Jones, R. (2013). “Leverage your Professional Development Experience”, The Earth Scientist,29(1), pp 24-18. NESTA, Liverpool, NY. 
  • Jones, R.(2012). “Investigation the Mercalli Intensity Scale through ‘Lived Experience’”, Science Scope. 36 (4)NSTA Press, Arlington, VA. 
  • Jones, R. (2011). Telescopes-for-Teachers T4T: Galileoscopes in Montana, The Earth Scientist,27(3), pp 17-19. NESTA, Liverpool, NY. 
  • Bangert, A. & Jones, R. 2010. “Two Montana Teachers at Sea”, The Earth Scientist. 26 (1)NESTA, Liverpool, NY. 
  • Jones, R., & Swanson, E. 2009. “Understanding Elementary Teachers’ Use of Science Teaching Time: Lessons from the Big Sky Science Partnership”, Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. 11. Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, Richmond, VA.
  • Jones, R., & Bangert, A. 2006. “The CSI Effect: Changing the Face of Science”, Science Scope. 30 (3)NSTA Press, Arlington, VA. 
  • Walden, V., Ellison, M., Brandt, R., Town, M., Hudson, S., & Jones, R. 2005. “Properties of Super-Cooled Water Clouds over South Pole”. In the proceedings of the 8th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography.
  • Clark, T. & Jones, R. 2004. “Fuel-Cell Drivers Wanted”. Science Scope. 27 (9), NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.
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