Brett D. Jones

Brett Jones, Associate Professor School of Education

Mauro J. Caraccioli

Brett D. Jones



Public Safety Bldg,
Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Office: 540-231-8328



Department Membership

School of Education


  • Motivating students
  • Designing effective learning environments
  • Students’ academic identification
  • Student engagement


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Received the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award
    • Received the Virginia Tech Teacher of the Week Award

    Selected Publications




    Sponsored Research

    Evans, M. A. (PI, 40%), Jones, B. D. (Co-PI, 30%), & Brandt, C. (Co-PI, 30%). (August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2015; NSF Award #DRL-1029756). Studio STEM: Engaging Middle School Students in Networked Science and Engineering Projects. National Science Foundation, ITEST, $1,053,754..

    Paretti, M. (PI, 20%), Jones, B. D. (Co-PI, 20%), Matusovich, H. (Co-PI, 20%), Williams, C. (Co-PI, 17%), Knot, M. (Co-PI, 17%), & Terpenny, J. (Co-PI, 6%). (November 1, 2009 to October 31, 2014; NSF Award #HRD-0936704). A Mixed-Methods Study of the Effects of First-Year Project Pedagogies on the Retention and Career Plans of Women in Engineering. National Science Foundation, GSE/RES, $492,637.

    Setareh, M. (PI, 40%), Jones, B. D. (Co-PI, 25%), Polys, N. (Co-PI, 25%), & Ermann, M. (Co-PI, 10%). (August 15, 2008 to July 31, 2013; NSF Award #DUE-0817106). Integrating Web-Based Visualization with Structural System Understanding to Improve the Technical Education of Architects. National Science Foundation, $499,833.

    Additional Information

    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 80 articles, books, and book chapters. He has also contributed to the field by conducting more than 110 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.

    Dr. Jones’ email is and his website is