Mary Liz Jones, Ph.D., is passionate about empowering faculty to teach student-centered online courses. Joining Concordia University Online in March 2013, Dr. Jones has taught online and face-to-face courses for over fifteen years. She believes that online courses should encourage transformative, mentoring relationships with online students.
Over the years, Dr. Jones has facilitated online learning for students from China to the Ukraine and created online courses for Idaho’s online public high school, the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. During the past five years serving as faculty, and then as director of the Northwest Nazarene University’s online graduate program, she designed and developed the university's first online M.Ed. program in Curriculum & Instruction. In addition, she designed and facilitated professional development workshops and seminars for university faculty and K-12 teachers from Alaska to Hawaii.
Dr. Jones specializes in designing interactive online or traditional courses, which provide students with professional resources, strategies, and directed practical applications, which they can actually use in their their classrooms. She is interested in social media opportunities aligned with education and student learning, as well as multimedia design and development.
In 2012, Dr. Jones co-wrote two chapters on instructional design and curriculum mapping for the book, Online Education: A Guide for Christian Higher Education. She is active in several state and national organizations and online and social media groups including the Global Education Conference, ASCD, Northwest eLearning Conference, TED.org, Google+ Education Groups, and PDK. She received her M.Ed. from Idaho State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Idaho in Education Leadership.
Dr. Jones and her husband Douglas have three children. They enjoy hiking and traveling in the Pacific Northwest.