Jill Ordynans, Ph.D.

Deputy Chair, Education Department

Assistant Professor

NYSCAS - New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Areas of Expertise

Self-efficacy and reflection, reading research, special education, culture responsiveness, inclusiveness, social emotional learning, and accessability.


Beginning as a classroom teacher, Dr. Jill Ordynans has over 20 years of experience working with students in all grades from preschool through graduate school. She has taught elementary school, worked as a literacy specialist with the Say Yes to Education program, and served as a preschool director before joining academia 10 years ago. Jill is passionate about teaching psychology and education to undergraduate and graduate students while pursuing her research interests in self-efficacy and reflection. Empowering students to follow their own interests and achieve their own goals is what keeps Jill fully committed to this work.


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Studies in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2012
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002
  • B.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Jacksonville State University, 1999

Recent Publications

Meaning Making and Self-Efficacy: Teacher Reflections through COVID-19, The Teacher Educator

Why Reflection Is Important In Teaching, TeachThought