Office: Traurig Library, Lower Level
Dr. Jane Bailey earned her doctoral degree in higher education from The College of William and Mary and her masterâ€™s degree in curriculum and instruction from San Diego State University. Her undergraduate degree is in elementary education with a minor in literature from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.
After several years teaching a variety of elementary grades in New York, California, and New Hampshire and serving as a district reading consultant, Dr. Bailey became a graduate teaching assistant at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. There, she supervised student-teachers and worked at the Center for Gifted Education as the coordinator of school-university partnership projects, curriculum developer, grant writer, and coordinator of Saturday and Summer Programs for Gifted Learners. After appointment to the education faculty at Christopher Newport University, Dr. Bailey became associate professor of education and chairman of the education department where she taught courses in curriculum and instruction, early literacy, and reading instruction and supervised practicum experiences. Additionally, Dr. Bailey supervised district-based masterâ€™s degree projects for Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Bailey has written several major grants and directed a federally-funded Teaching American History project for a large urban school division in Virginia. She also worked as a business developer for the education team of CNA, a research and analysis company in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Bailey was Academic Program Manager for the Post University Master of Education (M.Ed.) program where she enjoys helping students bridge theory and practice.
Philosophy of Education:
I believe that teachers should provide experiences for their students that captivate the imagination and help them glean knowledge that they can use in a creative endeavor that adds value to the world. In other words, education in and of itself isnâ€™t most important; rather, itâ€™s what we do with education that carries meaning. Fundamentally, education provides hope that our future will be better than our past.
My research interest is the nexus of teaching and learning: how can theory best be translated into practice? And more important, how will theories of teaching and learning carry us into the future?
My first hobby is being a professional deck observer: observer of birds at the feeder, our Shetland Sheepdog sleeping underfoot, and leaves unfurling after winter or changing color from spring through fall; reader of goodâ€¦or even badâ€¦books; and writer of the great American novel all from my vantage overlooking the playing fields of the boarding school where I reside with my physics-teacher husband and college-attending son.
My second hobby is traveling to visit our second son who lives in Virginia and to visit our daughter, her husband and our toddler grandson Parker Stewart who gives joy to the world and meaning to the importance of education.