Associate Professor of Education
Phone: (805) 565-6171
Office Location: Porter Center #2a
Tuesday 1:00-3:00, Thursday 1:00-3:00
or by appointment
Intrinsic Motivation to Learn
Dr. Jane Wilson loves the teaching-learning process and has helped students of all ages experience the joy of learning. After teaching in elementary and junior high public schools, Jane 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 Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Jane 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, 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 Professor Wilson’s research and practice focuses on developing strategies and situations to enhance student’s intrinsic motivation to learn. Her great desire is to help Westmont student teacher candidates experience the joy that learning brings so that they feel empowered and equipped to promote intrinsic motivation in their future classrooms.
Jane can often be found briskly walking with friends around town. She and her husband, Tim, find great pleasure in hosting Westmont faculty, staff, and students in their home.