Jim Varney, Ed.D.

Jim VarneyAssociate Professor of Education

Office Location:  Institute for Collaboration 222B
Telephone Number: 630-844-4572
Email Address:  jvarney@aurora.edu

Teaching Philosophy
I see my mission as the challenge to orient students to a future career as educators, introduce them to current best practice, to basic construct and skill sets in the field, and to prepare them to be successful as they progress through their Licensure programs. I see my role as teacher, role model and mentor. My focus in teaching continues to be on improving the effectiveness of my pedagogy to maximize student achievement of course outcomes. Every day I teach I reflect on the extent my teaching was engaging and effective in facilitating students to meet course outcomes. 

EdD, Leadership in Educational Administration - Aurora University
Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Administration - National Louis University
MS, Early Childhood Education - Northern Illinois University
BS, Elementary Education - Illinois State University

Areas of Specialization 
Foundations of Education
Educational Psychology

Courses Taught
EDU2100 Foundations of Teaching and Learning
EDU2260 Learning Theories and Applications K-12

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions:
Zweifel, J., & Varney, J.  (1980).  Serving the preschool noncategorical handicapped:  The Edna Smith Child Development Center.  In Evans, R., Early Childhood Development and Care Journal, 6, 47-153.
Varney, J.  (2003).  A study of the relationships among doctoral program components and dissertation self-efficacy on dissertation progress.  Ed.D. dissertation.  Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois.
Varney, J.  (2009).  Humanistic mentoring: A unique kind of helping relationship.  Kappa  Delta Pi Record, 45(3), 127-131.Varney, J. (2010). 

The role of dissertation self-efficacy in increasing dissertation completion:  Effects and validity of a new self-efficacy construct.  College Student Journal, 44(4), 932-947.                                                                                                         

Varney, J.  (in press).  How to teach in 3D--The role of effective decision making in effective teaching.  New Teacher Advocate.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Chair, Undergraduate Elementary Education Program
Member of Field Experiences Appeals Committee 2011-present
Member of Field Experiences Placement Review Committee 2011-present
Member of Academic Standards and Conduct Senate
Member of College of Education and Undergraduate Faculty Chairs Committees
Member of Initial Licensure Committee
Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi