Dr. Andy Jones has been teaching writing classes at UC Davis since 1990. Originally trained as a poet and literary critic, Andy has taught classes at UC Davis on TS Eliot, Film Theory and Criticism, The Principles of Literary Criticism, and the Poetry of the Beat Generation, as well as the Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop. As a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program, Andy enjoys teaching pre-professional writing classes, and counts among his favorites Writing in Fine Arts, Writing in the Professions: Elementary and Secondary Education, UWP 104C: Journalism, and Journalism of Silicon Valley. Andy was named "Educator of the Year" by the Associated Students of UC Davis in 2006.
Formerly coordinator of the University Writing Program's Computer-Aided Instruction Program, Andy loves to teach in computer classrooms, and now also serves UC Davis as Academic Associate Director of Academic Technology Services, where he advises faculty on instructional technology and recent research in adult learning, helps to oversee a team of instructional designers, and edits The Wheel, the campus Instructional Technology Blog. Past coordinator of the UC Davis Faculty Mentoring Faculty Program, Andy today organizes and hosts the yearly Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology, and the monthly Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education faculty forums. In recent years, Andy gave the Plenary Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the University of California, Office of the President, Presidentâs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and he has twice joined a delegation of UC Davis faculty that provided faculty development at the Nara Institute on Science and Technology in Nara, Japan.
Committed to outreach and encouraging cross-disciplinary thinking, Andy has hosted "Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour" on radio station KDVS since 2000. He is also the past Chair of the Cultural Arts and Entertainment Committee of the City of Davis, and the Poet Laureate emeritus of Davis. His recent publications include an essay on teaching with Twitter in Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media, on Beat Art and Poetry in Lifescapes Magazine, and an essay on the history of the UC Davis Studio Art MFA Program. His books of poetry include Split Stock, co-authored with Writing Program colleague Brad Henderson, Where's Jukie?, about raising a son with special needs, and In the Almond Orchard: Coming Home from War, published in 2016. In 2017, he published a book that people who don't know Andy might actually want to read: Pub Quizzes: Trivia for Smart People. Currently Andy is working on three book projects, and leading a team of friends and interns in running the bimonthly Poetry Night Reading Series at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis (see http://www.poetryindavis.com).
Andy lives in Davis with his wife, the author Kate Duren, and their three children, Geneva, Jukie, and Truman. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/andyojones and online at http://www.andyojones.com.