Dr. Jason Ware

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Faculty Honors Preceptors Program

Dr. Ware


Jason earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Prior to his faculty appointment within the Honors College, Jason was a lecturer in the University’s College of Education and a faculty developer within the Center for Instructional Excellence. Within these roles, Jason taught Multiculturalism in Urban Education, Introduction to College Teaching, and Introduction to Educational Research, and he served as a faculty consultant within the University’s IMPACT project for transformative education.

Jason is a qualitative research methodologist with a focus on narrative inquiry and a recent turn to participatory action research vis-a-vis community-indicator and well-being projects. Jason’s past research and engagement have centered undergraduate student development. Through his research, Jason explored 1) the ways in which using inquiry processes as teaching and learning instruments influence undergraduates’ analytical thinking and ways of knowing; 2) the ways in which study abroad experiences influence undergraduates’ contextual understanding of worldviews beyond the U.S.; and 3) how transformative undergraduate education develops scholars, leaders, and world-changers. At present, Jason and his research group are exploring the extent to which working with particular urban populations to establish and measure quality-of-life indicators at the neighborhood level can transform material realities and serve as an educative tool. To get involved with this project, see Centering Perspectives on Well-Being from the Urban Periphery, and contact Jason directly—jaware@purdue.edu.

Jason teaches courses directly tied to his research and intellectual interests. His courses often have a service-learning component—Jason was a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. His courses include:

  • First-Year Honors Seminar—Evolution of Ideas: Knowledge (fall) and Selfie (spring)
  • 16-Week Honors Courses: Well-Being (Fall) and Jazz (Spring)
  • College of Education Courses: EDCI 285-Multiculturalism in Education
  • Study away/abroad Courses: Jazz in NOLA and Investigating London’s East End

Jason’s engagement includes serving as a faculty advisor for undergraduate student organizations such as the National Society for Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), Purdue TAAL, Purdue Soundtracks Acapella, and Urban Needs in Teacher Education. Jason also serves as the Faculty Preceptor for the Platinum House within the Honors College and Residences.

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