Jordan joined the team in Colby’s Center for Teaching and Learning in fall of 2020, after having served as a Visiting Research Fellow in the CTL during the 2018-2019 school year. Originally from Michigan, Jordan studied Psychology and English at Albion College, then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). After graduate school, Jordan taught for 3 years at Widener University, then for 6 years at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was awarded tenure in their psychology department.
For the past 15 years, Jordan has engaged in numerous service and scholarly engagements that have allowed him to take a deep dive into understanding teaching and learning and educational development. Through his involvement in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, he has led initiatives associated with early career faculty development, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Among them were his role on the Teacher Training and Development team of the American Psychological Association's Introductory Psychology Initiative, and also overseeing 4 years of tremendous growth as the Director of the Annual Conference on Teaching. He currently serves as the Vice President for Programming for the Society. Within the POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Network, he has served as Chair of the Robert J. Menges award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development, and as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
These service and scholarly engagements encircle a core feature of Jordan’s professional identity: a lifelong dedication to teaching and the liberal arts. His teaching has been recognized with early career awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, as well as the American Psychological Association. And his scholarly work on pedagogy and educational development has been published in the Journal of Faculty Development, College Teaching, To Improve the Academy, Teaching of Psychology (where he formerly served as a Consulting Editor), and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology (where he currently serves as a Consulting Editor).