Associate Professor of Education
Phone: (805) 565-6171
Office Location: Porter Center #2a
On Sabbatical Spring 2016
Intrinsic Motivation to Learn
Jane Wilson, PhD, is a champion for the teaching-learning process and seeks to help students of all ages experience the joy of learning. After earning a BA (University of Washington) and a teaching credential (Seattle Pacific University) Jane taught in elementary and junior high public schools. Jane then served as an educational consultant in the area of leadership training for high school student leaders and faculty advisors. In this role Jane spoke at workshops, conferences, and school assemblies in 26 states and Canada.
After obtaining her PhD in Educational Psychology (University of California at Santa Barbara), Dr. Wilson began teaching and supervising student teachers in teacher education programs at Azusa Pacific University, California State University at Channel Islands, and Chapman University. Before joining the Westmont faculty in 2008, Dr. Wilson served as Academic Dean for Providence Hall where she helped establish a healthy and quality learning environment for Christian high school students in Santa Barbara.
Much of Dr. Wilson’s practice focuses on developing strategies and situations to enhance student’s intrinsic motivation to learn. Her great desire is to empower and equip Westmont student teacher candidates with the ability to promote intrinsic motivation in their future classrooms. Currently, Dr. Wilson is exploring the impact that gratitude practices have on student’s ability to focus and remain resilient during the teaching-learning process.