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Jane Jackson

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Co-Director, ASU Modeling Instruction Program
Academic Prof w/Admin Appt, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1504

 Dr. Jane Jackson earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from ASU in 1965, 1966, and 1970, respectively. Before coming to ASU in 1994 as Co-Director of the Modeling Instruction Program, she was Professor of Physics at Scottsdale Community College, and prior to that she was Assistant Professor of Physics at South Dakota State University.

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2-minute interview of Jane Jackson at summer 2016 ASU Modeling Workshop
Research Interests: 

Dr. Jackson's research interests are Modeling Instruction in high school physics, chemistry, and physical science, especially assessment of science teachers and their students using instruments such as the Force Concept Inventory (FCI).


Hestenes, D., Megowan-Romanowicz, C., Osborn-Popp, S., Jackson, J., Culbertson R., (2011). A Graduate Program for High school Physics and Physical Science Teachers, American Journal of Physics 79(9), p.971-979.

Jackson, Jane (2010). Arizona State University’s preparation of out-of-field physics teachers: MNS summer program. Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online 5(4), p. 2-10.

Jackson, Jane, Larry Dukerich, and David Hestenes (2008). Modeling Instruction: An Effective Model for Science Education, Science Educator 17 (1), p.10-17.

Hestenes, David and Jane Jackson (1997). Partnerships for Physics Teaching Reform -- a crucial role for universities.  In E. Redish & J. Rigden (Eds.) The changing role of the physics department in modern universities.  American Institute of Physics. Available at

Jackson, Jane (1997). Get Real! A “Methods of Teaching Physics” Course Instructed by a High School Physics Teacher. In E. Redish & J. Rigden (Eds.) The changing role of the physics department  in modern universities.  American Institute of Physics.

Research Activity: 
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 493Honors Thesis
PHY 495Project Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 480Methods of Teaching Chemistry
CHM 594Conference and Workshop

(Nationwide presentations are listed on my CV.)

Honors / Awards: 

 In January 2015, the ASU Modeling Instruction Program and Master of Natural Science (MNS) degree program were designated “Accomplished STEM Programs” and added to the online STEMworks Database at , after a rigorous review. At that time, STEMworks was sponsored by Change the Equation, a coalition of Fortune 500 companies; later, STEMworks moved to the WestEd website. It is a critical resource for funders.

In April 2014, High School Modeling Instruction was recognized with the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS is the largest professional organization of physicists worldwide. The Award included $5,000. It was presented to David Hestenes, Jane Jackson, and Colleen Megowan at the APS April 2014 meeting in Savannah, Georgia.



Professional Associations: 

(See my CV.)

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Work History: 

(See my CV.)


Most of my work is service to the Arizona community for which ASU is responsible. These news stories give examples.

* Society of Physics Students Observer, fall 2019:

* ASU Now, Jan. 2, 2019:

* ASU Impact Magazine, fall 2016:  A Model Instructor (with 2-minute video interview of Jane Jackson)

* Arizona Education News, Oct. 29, 2015: ASU alleviates physics teacher shortage, strengthens STEM pathway.