Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D.



After completing an M.A. in English from George Mason University and teaching as an adjunct instructor, Elizabeth Jones worked in land surveying, mapping and geographic information systems for several years before returning to teaching. She taught at rural Missouri high schools for three years and then began the Ph.D. in English studies at Illinois State University. She particularly enjoys helping students to develop research skills and challenging them to re-think their understanding of writing through genre study of both academic and non-academic texts. Her dissertation is a grounded theory study of student engagement, particularly in multimodal projects and reflective assignments.

Originally from the Midwest, Elizabeth has served in the Marine Corps as a musician and continues to perform with civic music ensembles. She has also completed certifications as a snowboard instructor and as a farrier. She bicycles, kayaks and hikes with her dogs when she can find the time.

Research interests

  • Engagement
  • Design thinking
  • Reflection
  • Multimodal composing
  • Space and place
  • Analog games


  • Ph.D. in English Studies (ABD), Illinois State University
  • M.A. in English, George Mason University