Education Department

Dr. Dionne Jackson

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Assistant Professor of Education

Office: Mills Center 229
Phone: 501-450-3824

Educational Background  

  • Ed.D., Baylor University, 2010
  • M.S.E., University of Central Arkansas, 1999
  • B.A., Hendrix College, 1996

Dr. Jackson is an assistant professor of education.  She has been a member of the Education Department since 2010. She graduated from Hendrix in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a minor in Education.  She completed her Master of Science in Education degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.  She also has a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education emphasis, from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

Dr. Jackson is licensed to teach secondary general science and life/earth science (grades 7-12) in Arkansas.  She taught 7th grade science for the Little Rock School District in Little Rock, Arkansas, and upon the completion of her first year of teaching, she was awarded the Sallie Mae First Class First-Year Teacher of the Year Award for the state of Arkansas.  As a science educator at Hendrix, she is responsible for the practicum courses for science and math teacher licensure in addition to general education courses. She is the Principal Investigator for Hendrix's 5 year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant. This grant funds the Noyce STEM Teacher Education in the Arkansas Delta program (N-STEAD).

Research Interests

  • Science teaching
  • Teacher knowledge and beliefs
  • Professional development of science teachers



  •  Jackson, D.B. & Talbert, T.L.  (2012).  Science teacher left behind: A case study investigation. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 6, 243-257.


Refereed Presentations

  • Jackson, D.B.  (2013, April).  Using beliefs and science education experiences to understand the instructional actions of science teachers.  Poster presentation for the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
  •  Jackson, D.B.  (2012, February).  Why Yajaira left the teaching profession.  Paper presented for the Emerging Scholars Session at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX.
  •  Jackson, D.B.  (2012, February).  Science teachers' beliefs and experiences:  The findings of a multiple-case study.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX.
  • Jackson, D.B. & Talbert, T.L.  (2011, June).  Experience, inquiry, and epistemological beliefs: A multiple-case study.  Presented at the twenty-third annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville, OH. 
  •  Jackson, D.B.  (2011, January).  Authentic inquiry and science teachers' epistemological beliefs: A multiple-case study.  Presented at the annual international conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN. 
  • Jackson, D.B. (2010, February).  The impact of science teachers' epistemological beliefs on  authentic inquiry. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jackson, D.B.  (2010, February).  Investigating the epistemological beliefs of science teachers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, IL.
  • Cassidy-Purdum, B., Conaway, B.J., Browning, L.J., & Jackson, D.B.  (2009, February). Efficacy beliefs as dispositions: The impact of extended field experiences in urban schools. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, TX.


External Support

  • National Science Foundation-Noyce Science Education Grant ($1.1 million), 2012. (Funded)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute ($1.2 million), 2012. (Not Funded)

Internal Support Funded

  • Hendrix Committee on Engaged Learning-Hearst Grant ($5,000), 2012.


  • Association for Science Teacher Education
  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa

Awards and Honors

  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Inductee, 2008
  • Hendrix College Distinguished Black Alumna Award, Recipient, 2000
  • Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award for Arkansas, Recipient, 1997