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Dr. Steven Jones

Professor of Behavioral Sciences

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Steven Jones
Contact Information

(719) 333-2884



Dr. Jones is a long-time civilian faculty member at the United States Air Force Academy. In addition to faculty service within DFBL, he has had multiple roles related to academic administration at USAFA, to include serving as Senior Associate Dean from 2016-2020. His academic interests include cognitive psychology, teaching and learning, and the enhancing undergraduate education, particularly within general education programs.


1988 Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

1989 Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1992 Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Professional Experience

1993-1996 Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, OH

1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, USAFA

1998-2015 Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, USAFA

2003-2015 Director of Academic Assessment, USAFA

2015-present Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, USAFA

2015-2016 Associate Dean for Educational Innovation, USAFA

2016-2020 Senior Associate Dean, USAFA

Honors & Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Exemplary Civilian Service Award

Outstanding Academy Educator

Teaching Excellence Award, DFBL


Research and Scholarly Interests

Cognition, Judgment and Decision Making, Teaching and Learning, Academic Assessment


(Selected Publications and Presentations)

Robinson, S.E., Noyd, R. K., & Jones, S.K. (2020). Helping instructors identify course design flaws. College Teaching. DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2020.1828251.

Jones, S.K., Harris, K., & Lisic, E. (2019, April). Using the Critical Thinking Assessment Test as a model for designing assignments in academic majors. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL

Noyd, R., & Jones, S.K. (2018, November). Breakdowns along the pathway to student learning: Three course design flaws that inhibit student success. 38th Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching. Oxford, OH.

Flaherty, R., Jones, S.K., Brewster, E., & Horner, M. (2018, February). Developing structures and processes to foster integration between curricular and co-curricular experiences.  AAC&U Conference on General Education and Assessment. Philadelphia, PA.

Jones, S.K., Noyd, R.K., & Sagendorf, K.S. (2014). Building a pathway for student learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.