Jim Varney, Ed.D.

Jim VarneyAssociate Professor of Education
Office Location:  Institute 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. 

Ed.D. in Leadership in Educational Administration - Aurora University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration - National Louis University
M. S. in Early Childhood Education - Northern Illinois University
B.S. in Elementary Education - Illinois State University

Areas of Specialization 
Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, Mentoring

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, 147-153.
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.  (In Press).  Humanistic mentoring: A unique kind of helping
relationship.  Kappa Delta Pi Record.
West Aurora District 129 Golden Apple Award for excellence in education, 1986.
Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow Award, 2002

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