Jessica Summers

Chair of the Faculty and Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Jessica Summers (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2002) is a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Summers' scholarship focuses on understanding the role of motivation and social relationships in learning and achievement, specifically how social context (as both processes and phenomena) affects students' motivation to learn, and how this contributes to students' overall success as learners. She currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Faculty at the University of Arizona.