Jason M. Stephens is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, where he teaches courses on human learning, development and motivation. His primary line of research focuses on academic motivation and moral development during adolescence. He is particularly interested in the problem of academic dishonesty and the incongruity between moral beliefs and behaviors related to cheating, which many adolescents report experiencing. He is a co-author of two books on schooling and moral development (Educating Citizens and Creating a Culture of Academic Integrity) as well as numerous journal articles and other publications related to academic motivation, moral judgment, self-regulation, and cheating behavior among secondary and post-secondary students. Prior to joining the Faculty of Education and Social Work in May 2012, Dr Stephens was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut (2004-2012).
Dr. Stephens is a graduate of the University of Vermont (1991), holds an M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University (1994), and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University (2004) and was a past Templeton Scholar. His scholarship led the development of the first iterations of the Achieving with Integrity Seminar.