Dr Mark Jury
Dr. Jury has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, researcher and educational consultant. He began his career in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, a small farming and logging community in the foothills of the North Cascades. There he taught high school English and journalism for 15 years. Prior to coming to Siena, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in elementary, adolescent and adult literacy learning and instruction at the State University of New York (Albany and Oneonta campuses). Here at Siena, he teaches Foundations of Language & Literacy and Literacy & the Reflective Practitioner. His research has examined changing literacy demands and literacy practices in a variety of settings, from electronics manufacturing plants in California's Silicon Valley to the timberlands of Washington State, and from middle school classrooms to medium security prisons. As a consultant, he has worked with large and small urban and rural school districts around the country, helping teachers and administrators refine and rethink curriculum and instructional practices in light of high stakes assessments.
Dr. Jury is a co-principal investigator on a $1.2 million National Science Foundation research grant, Noyce Mathematics and Science Teaching Scholarship Program: A Siena College Project to Prepare Math and Science Teachers for Successful Careers in High-Need Settings. Others involved in the project include the Education Department’s Director of Field Experiences, Mr. Ralph DiMarino, and faculty from the School of Science.
Recent presentations and publications:
Jury, M. Landscapes of Possibility: Topographies of Hope in a Dimmed World of Work. Paper accepted for presentation at the Life History and Biographical Research Network Conference, an affiliate of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults. 1-4 March, 2012. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Jury, M. Seeking Second Chances: Cobbling Careers Out of Dead Ends and Hard Lessons. Paper presented at the Life History and Biographical Research Network Conference, an affiliate of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults. 3-6 March, 2011. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.
Jury, M. Fear and the Other: Reading, Writing and Revising Community Identity. Paper presented at the Between Global and Local: Adult Learning and Development Network Conference, an affiliate of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults. 20-22 May 2010. Seville, Spain.
Jury, M. Textured and Textual Lives: Representing Self and Other, Self to Others. Paper presented at the Life History and Biographical Research Network Conference, an affiliate of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults. 4-7 March 2010. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Hull, G. & Jury, M., & Zacher, J. (2007). Possible selves: Literacy, Identity and Development in Work, School, and Community. In A. Belzer (Ed.), Toward Defining and Improving Quality in Adult Basic Education: Issues and challenges (pp. 299-318). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.