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Griffith Jones, Ph.D.

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T. Griffith Jones, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor in Science Education
STEM TIPS Initiative – Principal Investigator and Induction Coordinator
College of Education, 2423 Norman Hall, PO Box 117048
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611-7048


Dr. Griff Jones is a clinical associate professor of science education in the College of Education. With two decades of experience teaching all science subjects to K-12 students, college students, teachers, school administrators, and teacher-educators throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Dr. Jones specializes in designing effective inquiry-based, interdisciplinary science programs. He has authored several highly successful and nationally-disseminated inquiry-based science textbooks, curriculum guides, onlinecourse materials, and science lab teaching materials.

As a K-12 classroom teacher and science department chair from 1987-2007, Dr. Jones developed successful elementary science and honor physics programs for a diverse range of learners.  In addition, through his work with the science education program at the University of Florida’s College of Education he developed effective science methods courses and numerous academic linkages between K-12 and post-secondary education. As the Coordinator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Undergraduate Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory at the University of Florida, Dr. Jones helped develop a new curriculum and laboratory design that together constitute a fundamentally new model for undergraduate natural sciences instruction.

His most well known collaboration has been with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization, IIHS.org).  As part of his work with this organization, Dr. Jones developed two educational films and inquiry-based teaching materials focusing on the practical, and potentially life-saving, application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in car crashes.  These award-winning films are used by thousands of teachers throughout the U.S. and impact millions of high school science students each year.

Dr. Jones has received state and national-level recognition for his efforts as a K-adult science educator, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching awarded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1998.

Dr. Jones is currently the Director and Principal Investigator of the Florida STEM TIPS Initiative, a Florida Department of Education and UF project to support, empower, and connect STEM teachers and instructional coaches as they work together to boost student achievement.

Dr. Griff Jones on the web:

Interviewing 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan:

A. What are some of the safety features of an Indy race car?

B. What does it feels like to drive a race car and experience high Gs?

NSTA’s podcast Lab Out Load® interviewing Dr. Jones about his work with the IIHS

A Science that Saves Lives– Read the NSTA January 2013 article from The Science Teacher

Recent Presentations:

  • NSTA National Conference on Science Education, Chicago, March 2015
  • NSTA Area Conference on Science Education, Orlando, Nov. 2014
  • 2014 Pacific NW Driver & Traffic Safety Conference, Keynote speaker, March 2014
  • NSTA STEM Forum & Expo, St. Louis, May 2013
  • 2013 OPI & Montana Traffic Education Association Conference, April 2013

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