City University of New York Graduate CenterPh.D. degree: Psychology (Social-Personality)
New York, NY
City University of New York Graduate CenterM. Phil. degree: Psychology (Social-Personality)
Hunter College, City University of New YorkM.A. degree: General Psychology
State University of New York-Purchase CollegeB.A. degree: Summa cum Laude Major: Psychology
VanOra, J. (2014). Desperate to Achieve: Understanding the Lives, Struggles, and Identities of Community College Students Assigned to Developmental Classes. New York: AMS Press.
VanOra, J. (2019). “I wanted to know more”: A narrative exploration of
community college students’ goals and aspirations. The Qualitative Report, 25 (5), 1168-1180.
Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol24/iss5/16
VanOra, J. (2016). "What does this have to do with psychology?: Challenges of Infusing a Civically Engaged Curriculum in Introduction to Psychology." In E. Schnee, A. Better, and M. C. Cumming’s (Eds.) Civic Engagement Pedagogy in the Community College: Theory and Practice (pp. 95-113) . New York: Springer Publishers
Symister, P., VanOra, J., Griffin, K., & Troy, D. (2014). Clicking in the Community College Classroom: Assessing the Effectiveness of Clickers on Student Learning in a General Psychology Course. Community College Enterprise, 20, 10-24.McCormick, T., Schnee, E., & VanOra, J. (2014). Researching up: Triangulating qualitative research to influence the public debate on literacy, standards, and access. Teachers College Record, 116 (4), 1-35, http://www.tcrecord.org
Schnee, E. & VanOra, J. (2012). Student Incivility: An Engagement or Compliance Model? MountainRise Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7, 1-19.
VanOra, J. (2012). The Experience of Community College for Developmental Students: Challenges and Motivations. Community College Enterprise, 18, 22-36.
VanOra, J., & Ouellette, S. (2009). Beyond single identity and pathology: Revealing multiple selves and authenticity in the narratives of two transgender women. International Review of Qualitative Research, 2, 89-110.
Wells, B.E., Bimbi, D.S., Tider, D., VanOra, J., & Parsons, J.T. (2006). Preventive health behaviors among lesbian and bisexually identified women. Women and Health, 44, 1-13.
Parsons, J.T., VanOra, J., Missildine, W., Purcell, D.W., & Gomez, C.A. (2004). Positive and negative consequences of serostatus disclosure among seropositive injection drug users. AIDS Education and Prevention, 16, 459-475.
Parsons, J.T., Missildine, W., VanOra, J., Purcell, D.W., & Gomez, C.A. (2004). HIV serostatus disclosure to sexual partners among HIV-Positive injection drug users. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 18, 457-469.
CONFERENCE (AND SCHOLARLY) PRESENTATIONS
VanOra, J. (2019). It Makes Learning Easier: A
Qualitative Study of How Developmental Readers and Writers
Experience a First-semester Learning Community Program. Presented
at the 2019 Faculty Forum, Kingsborough Community College.
VanOra, J. (2018). Safety,
Inclusion, and Discrimination at Kingsborough Community College.
Presented at the Spring 2018 Women and Gender Studies and Safe Zone Campus-Wide
Workshop, Kingsborough Community College.
VanOra, J. (2014). Moral exclusion in higher education: What can community college students teach us? Presented on the panel, "From Exclusion to Inclusion: Empirical Work on Widening the Scope of Justice” at the International Society for Justice Research (ISJR) Biennial Conference, NYU.
Hill, G., VanOra, J., Rozenboym, A., & Leggett, J. (2013). Integrating Civic Engagement into Learning Communities. Panel presented at the Atlantic Center for Learning Communities, Fall 2013, West Hartford, CT.
VanOra, J. (2013). Doing Narrative Analysis. Invited guest lecture given in Dr. Lisa Rubin’s “Qualitative Methods in Psychology” doctoral class at the New School for Public Engagement, Fall 2013, New York, NY.
Better, A., Walters, B., and VanOra, J. (2012). ESL and Learning Communities at Kingsborough Community College. Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society’s mini-conference, “The Storied Lives of Community Colleges,” Spring 2012, New York, NY.
VanOra, J., Revenson, T.A., Kindred, J., & Brewster, K. (2011). Opening Panel on Transformative Teaching. Presented at the Transformative Teaching: Learning and Teaching Psychology at CUNY Conference, Fall 2011, New York City.
VanOra, J. & Calienes, C. (2011). Developmental students in Learning Communities: Struggles, motivations, and persistence. Presented at the 2011 Fall Faculty Forum, Kingsborough Community College.
VanOra, J. (2011). Teaching psychology to developmental community college students. Presentation given at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Teaching Psychology colloquium series.
VanOra, J. (2010). Strategies for success in college. Presentation given at SUNY Oswego’s Freshman Orientation program.
VanOra, J., Schnee, E., & Colon, M. (2010). Best practices in the opening doors learning communities. Presentation given at Kingsborough’s Summer Conference on Learning Communities, June 2010, New York City.
Schnee, E., McCormick, T., & VanOra, J. (2009). Writing our way in: Composition research and the public debate on literacy. Paper presented at the College Composition and Communications Conference (CCCC), March 2009, San Francisco, CA.
Adler, W., Morrell, A., Diaz, N., Salvage, D., Singsen, D., Theven, S., & VanOra, J. (2009). WAC your dissertation: Using WAC strategies to improve dissertation research and writing. Paper presented at the 2009 CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Hirsch, L. & VanOra, J. (2008). Multiple measures to assess WAC effectiveness: What have we learned? Paper presented at the 2008 International WAC conference, May 2008, Austin, TX.
Contreras, R., Jimenez, M., McBreen, P., Padron, R., VanOra, J., & Webman, R. (2007). Teaching, learning, and language: The creative roles of WAC. Paper & video presented at the 2007 CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Baruch College, City University of New York.
VanOra, J. (2004). Trans-wisdom and story-telling: Struggles, advocacy, freedom, and intersectionality within and across the life-stories of three transgender persons. Poster presented at the AnnualSocial/Personality Psychology Research Festival, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
VanOra, J., Tider, D., Parsons, J.T., Bimbi, D.S., Koken, J.A., Missildine, W., Punzalan, J.C., Vicioso, K. (2003). Sexual, social, relational, and health care practices of lesbians and women who have sex with women. Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Personal and social constructions of identity
Life histories, selves, and persistence based struggles of community college students
Narrative construction of (trans)gender selves
Spring 2010 & Spring 2012: Recipient of Faculty Innovation Award at Kingsborough Community College
Fall 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013: Kingsborough Community College Faculty Award Achievement Award Fall 2006: Recipient of the CUNY Writing Fellowship
Spring 2016-Present: Co-faciliatator of Kingsborough's Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC).
Fall 2015-Present: Co-facilitator of Kingsborough's LGBTQ Safe Zone Program.
Spring 2014-Present: Member of the International Society of Justice Research (ISJR)
Spring 2013-Present: Member of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (co-chair, with Dr. Michelle Fine, of inaugural conference).
Fall 2012-Present: Faculty Participant in the Brooklyn Public Scholars Endeavor for Civic Engagement in the Classroom
Spring 2010-Spring 2012:Co-director of Opening Doors Learning Communities, Kingsborough Community College
Summer 2008-Present: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Summer 2008-Fall 2009: Early Career Scholars Committee Member at SPSSIFall 2010-present: American Education Research Association (AERA) .