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STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Jones, Nastassia N, Ph.D.

Jones, Nastassia N, Ph.D.




CA Building room 206


I have focused on lecture-free teaching and implementing service-learning and authentic research experiences into various biology courses. I have experience working with in-service K-12 teachers in life sciences (as well as physical and earth sciences) content knowledge development, as well as observations and research in high school biology and environmental science classes. My teaching and research endeavors are fueled by a desire to see an increase in the numbers of minorities and women in STEM fields. I am interested in two different approaches to address this issue. First, a teacher education approach, through understanding teacher content knowledge and working with them to enhance their curriculum by improving their content knowledge, as well as an undergraduate education approach, through incorporating technology and active learning experiences in general science courses to improve the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM programs.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2 am to 4 pm
Wednesdays 1pm to 2 pm
Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm
Other times by appointment

A native of Washington, Georgia, Dr. Nastassia N. Jones attended Albany State University where she played softball and was in a variety of organizations including Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society, National Order of Omega Fraternal honor society, Alpha Kappa Mu national honor society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Biology. As a recipient of NSF graduate fellowships, Dr. Jones attended Southern Illinois University’s Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry program where she completed both her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees. Dr. Jones’ graduate research focused on the biological and chemical importance of bacteria in cleaning up contaminated soil and ground water environments, as well as understanding the teaching and learning of microbiology within K-12 life science experiences. Her dissertation was titled, Understanding nitrate-dependent humic substance oxidation and the importance of microbiology to biological scientific literacy under the guidance of Dr. Laurie A. Achenbach. Recently, Dr. Jones has served as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Philander Smith College, where she taught various biology courses, mentored college students, and pursued research interests related to improving undergraduate biology education. Currently, as an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Jones has been tasked with the responsibility of integrating technology into the general science course that focuses on Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis. Additionally, she is the Managing Director for the Virgin Islands Institute for STEM Education Research and Practice. In this role, she is building a STEM Education Research program at UVI and developing K-12 teacher training programs to enhance STEM Education in the territory.